The North Wall is an arts centre with a vibrant public programme of theatre, music, comedy, dance, virtual & digital arts and family shows. The programme places an emphasis on new and innovative work, offering an alternative to the mainstream.
The venue is based on the campus of St. Edward’s School in the heart of Summertown. Built on the site of a Victorian swimming pool, the site was converted by leading architects Haworth Tompkins, winning several architectural awards, and opened in 2007.
The arts centre offers a 200-seat theatre space as well as a public art gallery. Exhibitions change every three weeks, and admission is free.
The North Wall Arts Centre offers children’s performances once a month, as well as family-friendly workshops alongside these shows. Examples of previous workshops are: shadow puppetry, origami, Noise Band and pop-up book making.
The Gallery: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm ; Saturday 12pm – 4pm ; Sundays & Bank Holidays: closed.
Box Office: from 30 mins before performance start.
Online ticket sales: 24 hours.
Gallery – Admission Free
Performances: from £6 – £16
Jon Rowland works in mixed-media using oils, acrylics and collage. This vocabulary has led to an exciting body of work for this exhibition, Heartlands. The themes for Jon’s paintings have emerged from places that are important to him. Lockdown and the release from confinement have both had an impact. Jon concentrates on colour and space, exposing the...
An award-winning dark comedy about foot-and-mouth disease by double Fringe First Award winner, Emily Jenkins. It's the late nineties. Take That, Tamagotchis, Dip Dabs, and Pog Swaps. When 13-year-old Bobby and Amy meet, hundreds of cows dot across the fields and the sun always shines. But when the cows begin to burn, Bobby and Amy’s sleepy Cotswold town is changed forever. Set amongst the devastation that hit farming communities in the late nineties, Bobby & Amy is a coming-of-age story…
The North Wall’s ArtsLab programme exists to create opportunities for early-career artists and this year, for the first time, is supporting visual artists. A group of talented local female photographers have been working together to develop ideas and new work, facilitated by North Wall Propeller 2021 artist Philippa James. This exhibition uses the number 14 as its catalyst and is curated by the group to include one final work by each artist. More works by each artist can be seen in the online exhibition, live…
This exhibition celebrates the fantastic work from St. Edward’s Oxford‘s pupils across all year groups. Although primarily a platform for the Lower Sixth to showcase work produced on the Teddies Foundation Course, the exhibition also presents work from Year 9, GCSE and Upper Sixth students. The Teddies Foundation Course provides Lower Sixth A Level and IB pupils with an opportunity to explore a range of media over a sixteen-week programme. Pupils are encouraged to choose a theme at the beginning of the…
Three printmakers share their appreciation of the natural world, working in five different print processes. Susan Wheeler‘s work is based on drawings done when out walking or in her garden. These drawings are translated into the more exacting language of the linocut that results in a decorative quality. Manja Scott enjoys finding new ways of combining different printing methods; in dry point, carborundum, linocut, intaglio or monoprint. Whether the subject matter is figurative or abstract, Manja keeps spontaneity flowing from the…
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