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North Wall Arts Centre

South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
01865 319450 www.thenorthwall.com

The North Wall is an arts centre with a vibrant public programme of live music, theatre and dance. 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.

Family Activities

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.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 12pm – 4pm
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays

Tickets

Gallery – Admission Free
Tickets for performances: from £6 – £16

Facilities

Family friendly

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March 2020

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until April 18, 2020

Society of Wood Engravers Centenary Exhibition

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

This is a special year for the Society of Wood Engravers as they celebrate their Centenary. It was founded in 1920 by artists including Eric Gill, Gwen Raverat, Robert Gibbings, Philip Hagreen and Lucien Pissarro. A break during the war years and then again in the 1970s meant that their annual exhibition ceased for a time, making this their 82nd show. Since their revival in 1984, they have built a reputation for excellence, attracting exhibitors and collectors from around the…

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April 2020

April 4 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

HAWK

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£10

When a shipment containing a highly protected SYPHER CORP suit goes missing in space, it’s up to John Hawk and a team of space marines to collect the asset, transport it across the Galaxy, and uncover what happened to the shipmates of Mama Bear. Following this smash-hit success of WOLF and BOAR, ArtsLab alumnus Lewis Doherty returns with a work-in-progress performance of HAWK, the third and final instalment of the BEAST TRILOGY. Age guidance: 14+

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April 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Simon Munnery: Alan Parker Urban Warrior Farewell Tour

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£12 – £14

Multi award-winning comedian Simon Munnery reprises his notorious alter ego, the bedsit anarchist Alan Parker Urban Warrior. Once the most radical, now the only radical, Alan returns with the old gold, the old truths, and some new truths (based on the old truths). For over 35 years, Munnery has performed around the world, experimenting with and innovating the stand-up form. In the 1990s, his Alan Parker: Urban Warrior character took the comedy circuit by storm, garnering Munnery his own BBC…

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April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until April 8, 2020

Arthur’s Dream Boat

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£6 – £8

One night, Arthur has an amazing dream about a beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. He can’t wait to tell everyone about it but no one (not even his dog!) is interested. In fact, they don’t even notice that this very same boat is growing on his head, getting larger and larger by the minute! Soon, Arthur is bouncing along the waves in his very own dream boat. Maybe now his family will listen to him! A magical…

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April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Eliza Carthy: Restitute

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£23.50

Multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Eliza Carthy is one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival. This concert features music from Restitute, her first solo album of traditional music in 14 years, originally recorded at Eliza’s home in the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire. The band comprises Eliza Carthy, Ben Seal, Ben Somers, Willy Molleson and David Delarre – with support slot and special guest appearance from Saul Rose. In addition to material from Restitute, the band will perform songs from brand new recordings of original songs by Eliza Carthy & Ben Seal…

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April 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Martin Green: The Portal

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£4 – £10

Find yourself right in the middle of an immersive world, from ancient rite to banging club. What has changed in 4,000 years of dance culture? It’s May Day 1988, the Second Summer of Love. Martin Green (fearless inventor and accordion player in esteemed folk trio Lau)  is nine years old and morris dancing at dawn while the ravers are still going in the next field. What’s the difference? What’s the same? Martin Green leads us through a mind-altering, bespoke audience…

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April 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until May 4, 2020

Diana Forster: Such a Long Journey

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

In 1940, at the beginning of the Second World War, Stalin’s troops invaded eastern Poland. A million Polish people were forced from their homes at gunpoint and sent to labour camps in Siberia. Diana Forster’s mother and grandparents were among them. Diana avoids showing traumatic, disturbing images in her installations and prints as they can turn viewers away. If we accept a role for art in presenting subsequent generations with the realities of war, we have to find new ways…

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April 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until April 24, 2020

Amsterdam by Maya Arad Yasur

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£14 – £16

A violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant. One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives. It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present. Amsterdam is the UK premiere of a strikingly original and audacious play by award-winning Israeli playwright Maya Arad Yasur. Age guidance: 14+

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April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£13.50 – £18.50

Mark uses his trademark style of storytelling, stand-up, subversion and really, really, well researched material to try and find out how the hell we ended up in the middle of this shit show. 50 Things About Us is a show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity. A sort of funny national edition of Who Do You Think You Are? Mark says, “Look, I have been doing this for 34 years. I have gone from stand-up to theatre…

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April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Art Heist

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£11 – £13

Three thieves break into the same gallery on the same night. They’re all intent on stealing the same Extremely Valuable Painting. They’re bound to meet and it’s bound to get messy. Join our thieves as they discover what makes art Extremely Valuable and what Extremely Valuable really means. An existential comedy caper about the power of frames and the absurdity of labels. From the team behind multi-award-winning Lights Over Tesco Car Park. Age guidance: 12+

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May 2020

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until May 30, 2020

Elaine Kazimierzcuk: Fresh Works

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

The North Wall celebrates Oxfordshire Art Weeks throughout May with a wonderful exhibition of paintings by Elaine Kazimierzcuk. Since establishing a studio in Oxford in 2016, Elaine Kazimierczuk has rapidly won admiration for her original landscape paintings. Whether she’s painting an English cottage garden, a Tuscany hillside or a palace in Marrakech, her unique style is both inventive and arousing, revealing a strong emotional response to the environment. She combines elements of landscape with painterly abstraction, interweaving direct observation with remembered places…

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May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Will Pound: A Day Will Come

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£14 – £16

Acclaimed harmonica and melodeon player Will Pound is embarking on a musical journey across the states of the European Union, to discover and unveil the diversity and common ground of their traditional music and song. From the lively Swedish polska to the upbeat Italian tarantella, the lilt of the Irish jig, to buoyant French bourées, relentless rachenistas from Bulgaria and the rip-roaring Spanish jota – these tunes have travelled, evolved and merged as Europeans have enjoyed freedom of movement and expression, a…

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May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Sam Sweeney

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£16 – £18

After performing to a sold-out audience at The North Wall last year with The Unfinished Violin, Sam Sweeney returns with music from his highly anticipated second solo album. Performing with three of his favourite musicians, this concert will capture the swagger and groove of traditional English music with the huge sound, flare, energy and festival spirit of bands coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes. Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former artistic director of the National…

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May 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ivo Graham: The Game of Life

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£12 – £14

The time for faff is over: has Big Daddy Graham got the skillz (anecdotes/banter/topical asides) to pay da billz (gas/water/electric)? More hilariously anxious blather from one of the most hilariously anxious blatherers in the business. Most recently nominated for Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award after a sell-out run at the 2019 Fringe Festival. Also spotted on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and Richard Osman’s House of Games. Age Guidance: 14+

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