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North Wall Arts Centre

South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
01865 319450

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

Events

August 2021

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 12pm - 4pm

Hesper Bunch & Caroline Evans: Second Nature

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

Hesper Bunch and Caroline Evans are final year students on the MA Artist Teacher Practice at Oxford Brookes University. This fascinating exhibition showcases their art in the context of their dissertation research. Hesper’s engagement with pyrography (pyrogravure, or wood burning) (the free hand art of decorating wood with controlled burn marks) and wood carving techniques explore personal and sensory experiences of a sense of place in the Oxfordshire countryside whilst Caroline seeks to capture and replicate the transitory effects of light and shadows on surfaces…

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August 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 19, 2021

NW Inventors: Drama and Storytelling

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£45

Join us for an exciting three days exploring storytelling techniques and flexing our drama skills. Our playful approach means that we have lots of fun through games and silly exercises, nothing is off limits (in our imaginations, at least!) which means we can create funny, surprising and thought provoking stories for performance. For ages 8-11 Tickets: £45 for three days Bursary places available – email Abie Walton on waltona@thenorthwall.com by 1 August to apply. About the Course This three-day in-person course will run from…

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August 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until August 25, 2021

YouthLab: Improvisation and Devising

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£45

Calling all young performers! Join us this summer for a three day workshop focusing on improvisation skills and devising techniques. Our relaxed approach helps to loosen participants up and allow them to feel confident in exploring ideas quickly and without judgement. Expect lots of laughs, a few surprises and plenty of fun. For ages 12-17 Tickets: £45 for three days Bursary places available – email Abie Walton on waltona@thenorthwall.com by 1 August to apply. About the Course This three-day in-person course will run from…

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September 2021

September 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Ed Byrne: If I’m Honest

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£26

TV favourite Ed Byrne is finally back on the road with his biggest tour to date!   Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children in his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy. A TV household name, Ed has appeared most recently on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI…

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September 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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 of…

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September 10 @ 10:00 am - September 25 @ 4:00 pm

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

Ivo Graham: The Game of Life

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

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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September 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jenny Eclair: Sixty! (FFS!)

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£21

Having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna), Jenny Eclair AKA ‘The Face of Vagisan’ confronts a new decade of decrepitude. Now that it takes 20 minutes of scrolling down to find her DOB when she’s filling in forms online, should she celebrate or crawl into a hole? What will her 60’s hold for this 1960’s babe and is it a legal requirement to buy Nordic walking poles? PS, ‘I’m carrying quite a lot of excess lock down…

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September 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Eliza Carthy: Restitute Live

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 – taken…

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September 17 @ 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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September 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jericho Comedy Live

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

Hosted by a Jericho Comedy MC, every Jericho Comedy night line-up is different, with a wide range of performers, from award-nominated newcomers to surprise visits from big name headliners. You never know who will be performing at a Jericho Comedy show but you can always guarantee a great night.Jericho Comedy won the 2019 and 2020 Chortle Comedy Award for being one of the top 6 comedy nights in the UK, and the best comedy night in the region. As recommended by the…

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September 29 @ 10:00 am - October 16 @ 4:00 pm

The Society Of Wood Engravers: 83rd Annual Exhibition

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

The Society Of Wood Engravers (SWE) returns to The North Wall this autumn to present an entirely new selection of over one hundred relief prints. The Society was founded in 1920 by a group of artists that included Philip Hagreen, Robert Gibbings, Lucien Pissaro, Gwen Raverat and Eric Gill. The group thrived until war broke out, disrupted the demand for their work and cut the supply of materials. In the years that followed, there was a return to the annual…

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October 2021

October 20 @ 10:00 am - November 6 @ 4:00 pm

Jon Rowland: Heartlands

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

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 essence of ‘place’ and expressing the sentiments of this analysis. There’s a story to each of Jon’s paintings and, like any journey, there are unexpected…

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November 2021

November 9 @ 10:00 am - November 13 @ 4:00 pm

ArtsLab: Fourteen

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

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…

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November 17 @ 10:00 am - November 27 @ 4:00 pm

St Edward’s School: In Progress 4

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

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…

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December 2021

December 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - January 4, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Susan Wheeler, Lizzie Wheeler and Manja Scott: Outside

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

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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