- Tickets: Free - please book your place
- Company: The OFS studio artists
- Ages: 16+
Once a month we, the resident artists here at the OFS studios, punctuate our very individual and diverse arts practices by joining up our separate spaces (usually with an eclectic mix chairs and makeshift tables in the corridor) for an informal get together and chat over a cuppa or something stronger. The result is often an enlightening and enabling mixture of artistic influences, queries within our practices, investigation of ‘the artist’s life’ in general and ‘the glue’ or everything that connects these things in-between. For this event we invite you, interested exhibition visitors, artists and arts facilitators alike, to celebrate with us the final week of our exhibition – Practice – A Collective Conversation – and to join in the Big Art Chat yourselves.
The Big Art Chat & Social will be an opportunity to connect face to face with others from your local arts community in the comfortable setting of the OFS arts bar. There will be an artist led forum discussion with audience Q&A where you can expect open, inclusive and inspiring discussion around the trials, joys and transformations of ‘the artist’s practice’. Feel free to settle down, notate, document and draw in the space as the conversation unfolds. We also hope you have the opportunity in the weeks running up to the event to visit and interact with the exhibition – your voice, reflection and response is greatly welcomed as part of the conversation. We look forward to seeing you all there and having a chat.
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.
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Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.