Arts At The Old Fire Station

Arts At The Old Fire Station

Charity information

Arts At The Old Fire Station

We are an arts centre in central Oxford presenting great shows, exhibitions and classes for the public.


We support early career and untrained artists to make and promote their work.


We help homeless people build confidence and skills by being part of what we do as audience, trainees, volunteers and artists.

Founded 2011

  • Mission statement

    Great art for the public:

    We want our reputation to be for good quality art aimed at adults which takes a risk, asks a question and entertains. We want our audiences to have fun and be open to new ideas and different people.

    Professional development of artists:

    We support early to mid career artists from all disciplines with advice, subsidy, networks and promotion to help them become more successful.

    Building the confidence and skills of homeless people:

    We help homeless people choose their own labels by including them as audience, participants, trainees, volunteers, contributors or artists. This helps develop networks, build resilience and leads to more stable lives.

    A new kind of public space:

    We offer a public space which is shared by very different people and helps to break down barriers and promote solidarity.

    We have a Shop selling original artwork, a Gallery with a wide range of exhibitions, a Theatre offering music and drama, a Studio for all kinds of dance, and workshops for artists to make work. We also have spaces to hire for classes, rehearsals and meetings.

    We share the building with Crisis Skylight Oxford– a training centre offering creative and formal learning opportunities to homeless and vulnerably housed people and a dedicated employment service which helps them find and keep jobs. The Crisis Skylight Cafe provides on-the-job training, as well as great city centre food and drink to the wider public.

  • Aims

    Arts At The Old Fire Station aims to:

    • For the public benefit, to advance education in the arts in Oxford by the provision and management of an arts facility called The Old Fire Station.
  • Overview

    Established: November 2011

    Registered Charity Number: 1140525

    Board members: 11

    Full time staff: 7

    Part time staff: 9

    Volunteers: 27

    Phone number: 07545021524

    Address: 40 George Street OX1 2AQ

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