Arts at the Old Fire Station

Key Facts

Topic Areas
Arts | Combined Arts | Social Change | Homelessness
Amount Awarded
£150,000
Year Awarded
2013
Region
South East
Length of Award
36 months
Organisation website
www.oldfirestation.org.uk

This thriving arts venue in Oxford city centre shares its premises with Crisis Skylight Oxford, a training, employment and housing advice centre run by Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people. Although both organisations have their own specialist areas of work they provide joint opportunities and shared common goals.

Members of the public come to the Old Fire Station to drink coffee, buy art, attend dance classes or watch a show. Homeless people come to learn, gain skills and get support. Artists and students come to rehearse, create and showcase. Local residents and businesses too have access to spaces they can use for their own events. They all come through the same door and find themselves sharing space and overlapping interests. Our grant will support the Old Fire Station to deliver its own artistic priorities, alongside further integration of the contribution of homeless people. We are also supporting an evaluation to test and demonstrate the impact of the collaboration.

This fits our arts priorities under Art as an instrument for social change, community cohesion or participation, and our aims as work which can really build collective networks.