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Join artist Usha dapur Kar in conversation about her exhibition, Ferocious Grace.

In this, her first solo exhibition, Usha dapur Kar communicates the profound impact of institutional racism in the workplace on a woman of colour.

Through a series of 30 paintings Usha explores the specific dissonance experienced when this occurs in the not-for-profit sector. She looks through the dual prism of a prolonged and intense episode of racism in her personal lived experience, framing the period when her mother died during lockdown, and COCo’s research on the topic (summarized in a diagram The “Problem” Woman of Colour in the Workplace).

Reflection on these particular events led Usha to interrogate, reconsider and reinterpret much of her previous working life, indeed, to revisit relationships outside of the workplace. Working in a supportive community arts setting where the power of art as a tool for communication and dialogue was manifest energised her to progress with this series. Her paintings use repeated motifs to narrate painful experiences and complex emotions that are by no means unique or obsolete: people of colour of all ages have recounted their similar experiences.

Usha presents this intersectional feminist work as Artivism, creating an opportunity for listening, reflection and discussion – an intention to deepen understanding, raise awareness and inform action. Ultimately, she presents a challenge to numerous not-for-profit institutions: to respond with extended humility, care and attention, to embrace feedback, and to mature beyond defensiveness, dry legalese and policy responses. In short, to change.

Ferocious Grace signals the immense inner strength required to survive and flourish in the face of such experiences. The embedded myth of endless resilience. This is about touching the bottom, learning – in the darkness – to grow, to draw on the gifts of ancestry and self-knowledge, until, eventually, the light flows back in.

Parking & Access


There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.

The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.

Getting here

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Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or 01865 263990.

There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.

Events in the Theatre

There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place).

If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk) and we will talk with you about your needs.

Events in the Studio

There is level entry into the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the Studio.

Events in the Loft

There are six steps leading up to the Loft space, with no lift. If you would like to discuss this to find out more, please get in touch.

The Gallery

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Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
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Assistance dogs
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Strobe lighting
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Chairs in the theatre
Our chairs are a standard dining-chair size, measuring 40cm deep by 37cm wide, with a metal frame. Some have arms, and some do not. They are all joined together at the sides, to form rows. If this is likely to pose a problem for you, please email tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.