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North Wall Arts Centre

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

Opening Times

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 12pm – 4pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays: closed.

The North Wall is an arts centre with a vibrant public programme of theatre, music, comedy, dance, talks, 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 listed disused Victorian swimming pool, the site was converted by leading architects Haworth Tompkins to combine the original building with modern architecture, winning several architectural awards. It opened in 2007.

The arts centre offers a 200-seat theatre space, drama and dance studios and a public art gallery. Exhibitions change every three weeks, with free admission.

The North Wall actively supports early-career artists through residencies, mentorship and festivals of new work. It also puts children, young people and families at the heart of its participation programme, forging long-term partnerships with local schools and community groups.

Family Activities

The North Wall Arts Centre offers children’s performances once a month, as well as family-friendly workshops alongside these shows.

Opening Hours

Box Office: from 30 mins before performance start.
Online ticket sales: 24 hours.


Gallery: admission free
Performances: from £6 – £16


May 2022

May 3 @ 10:00 am - May 21 @ 4:00 pm

Imogen Rigden: Wilderness Bewilderness

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

Fresh air, bird song, silence. In 2020 we noticed our natural environment with renewed clarity. As our horizons narrowed in lockdown, Imogen Rigden's Look Outside project called for brief written observations of the natural world at a time of limited freedom. Two hundred contributions from across the globe feature in this solo show. Imogen’s garden became...

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June 2022

June 8 @ 7:30 pm - June 11 @ 8:45 pm

Lions V Panthers

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Summertown
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£9 – £11

Revolution is growing (up)! 1972, Brixton. Three siblings – against their mother’s warning – embark on a farcical escapade as they attempt to join the British Black Panthers. Journey through London as they seek to find revolutionary action, marching to the beat of their own drum and our live and original recorded music. About the Company Strikes Back Productions is an Oxford-based student theatre company, committed to storytelling that foregrounds people of marginalised groups.

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