Oxford House in Bethnal Green

Oxford House (Oh!) is a community and art centre in the heart of London's East End. Oh! was originally established in 1884 by Keble College and the University of Oxford to provide a centre of religious, social and educational work among the poor of East London.

Today Oh! works to become known as the place where community & voluntary sector groups, arts organisations and social businesses come to work, learn, explore, create and celebrate.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Association or society

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
9am to 10pm

10am to 2pm

Admission charges

Free admision -with exceptions for specific events

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Ode to Nature - Chelsea Fringe 2017

  • 20 May — 4 June 2017 *on now

Oxford House and The Chelsea Fringe Festival will be hosting a show featuring works by four artists to celebrate the diversity of nature. The exhibition 'Ode to Nature' will feature different formats: from painting, to collage, to mosaics. Each artist plays on a combination of shapes, colours, strength and fragility using their own relationship to nature. This will create an interesting study of contrasts. Each work also reveals the necessity of conveying a message to the contemporary viewer – whether it is a pure emotion or a thought.

Private View: 20th of May from 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Come and celebrate with us the 6th annual Chelsea Fringe Festival! This volunteer-run event is powered by the people, for the people. It is an alternative garden festival full of artistic events, family friendly activities and walks, talks and debates about everything gardening. This is sure to entertain everyone in the family and maybe inspire you to do a little gardening yourself!

As part of Oxford House's programme for the festival, we have organised a fantastic concert for the third time. If you love folk music and gardening, you can't miss 'Folk&Flowers' on the 2nd of June!

Ode to Nature - The artists

Francesca Busca

After living in many countries and studying a large variety of subjects, when Francesca Busca reached 40, she settled between London and Trieste and found her outlet in what she liked and did best, namely using her hands to create. Art exhibitions, painting and modelling clay were regular hobbies which never satiated her inherent creative nature. She started to learn more about mosaics and got several qualifications in London, Italy, Turkey to quote only some of them. Whilst developing her own style, Francesca's aim is to constantly push herself beyond her creative boundaries: experimenting with different subjects, colours, materials, textures, depth, tools or methods...

Lola Awada

Of French Lebanese descent, Lola Awada is a writer and illustrator living in London, with a background in ghost writing, translation, graphic design and photography. She has also worked as a volunteer for UNICEF and Amnesty International, and she currently runs a CrossFit gym. Born a child of war-torn Lebanon, Lola, now 44, grew up living between Lebanon, France and Italy, before moving to London when she was 18. Lola cites music, writing and drawing as helping her cope with the war during her childhood. She also cites children as a major inspiration.

Gillian O’Shea

Gillian O’Shea is a professionally trained Irish artist specialising in contemporary Watercolour. Gill studied Fine Art in Dublin Institute of Technology and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2005. Since graduating, Gill pursued an alternative career in Financial Services, qualifying as an accountant in 2009. Gill currently lives and works in Dublin. In 2014, she started painting in Watercolour, and in July 2015 created ‘Dabble in Art’ to share her work and passion for Watercolour with others. In late 2016, Gill decided to return to art full-time and develop her artistic practice. She currently lives and works in Dublin.

Chris Polunin

Chris Polunin is a classically trained artist from Newcastle upon Tyne, working in Edinburgh. He began his education in realist painting at Angel Academy of Art, Florence and continued at The Academy of Realist Art, Edinburgh where he now teaches. For him, the creation of beauty should be the primary aim of any artist. Of course, this idea dates back to the ancient Greeks and has been echoed in many periods since. While his art is not solely about beauty, first and foremost, he hopes his work embodies this ideal.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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Folk & Flowers Concert

  • 2 June 2017 7:30-9pm

Folk & Flowers is for the 3rd year taking part in the Chelsea Fringe at Oxford House.
The alternative gardens festival which runs concurrently with the Chelsea flower show, celebrates all the community and guerrilla gardening going on, and encourages links between gardens and art, literature and music.
Folk & Flowers is an evening of folk music specially compiled to complement the fringe - to celebrate gardens, landscape and nature. The music will range from the traditional to the contemporary, the serious to hilarious - and show how nature is central to folk.
There is a whole language in folk music built around plants & flowers – roses for love, willows for weeping and rue for regret – but we will also unearth songs that look at how land and cultivation has been viewed over the centuries
The event is a collaboration between an ensemble of folk singers & musicians who have come together especially for this evening.
Featuring Dave Clare, Marie McCormack, John Waterworth, Lucy Baxandall & Wendy Lanchin
With special guests:
Hazel Askew: 2011 Spiral Earth Award for Best Female Singer
Hazel is a singer, musician and composer from London.
She regularly performs in a longstanding duo with her sister Emily as The Askew Sisters, playing traditional English music and songs on fiddle, melodeon and concertina. Together, they have released three critically acclaimed albums, the most recent of which In the Air or the Earth won Best Traditional Album at the Spiral Earth Awards 2015.
She is also a third of popular vocal harmony trio Lady Maisery, who were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012.
(http://www.askewsisters.co.uk and http://www.ladymaisery.com)
Carol Anderson: Fiddle player extraordinaire.
Carol is a highly regarded fiddle player from Aberdeenshire. She has a distinctive style combining East Coast and West Coast influences, stemming from her early tuition from Jean-Ann Callender, a native of Lochaber, and later tuition at summer schools from Aonghas Grant. She has a keen interest in Scottish pipe music and this is reflected in her repertoire.

As part of Oxford House's programme for the festival, we have organised a new exhibition in collaboration with four completely different artists. 'Ode to Nature' will be open for art and nature lovers at Oh! Gallery from the 20th of May to the 4th of June.


Tickets in WeGotTickets: Advance: £9 + booking fee / On the door: £10



Oxford House in Bethnal Green
Derbyshire Street
Bethnal Green
E2 6HG






020 7739 9001

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