The North Wall Arts Centre

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The North Wall Arts Centre is Oxford's newest performing and visual arts venue; we specialise in theatre and performance from dynamic, contemporary theatre companies and artists - shows that challenge and entertain. Our gallery offers a modern, light filled space for artists to show their work.
The North Wall has full disabled access.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Gallery hours: 11am - 4pm Monday - Saturday
Box office Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm, or until curtain up on performance days

Admission charges

Gallery exhibitions: Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Johnathan Shapley

Jonathan Shapley: What Kind Of A Place Is This?

  • 8 — 25 September 2015

Much of Jonathan Shapley’s work is wall-based, two-dimensional, and employs a variety of media, including not only paint and photography but also materials more usually associated with building and construction, the use of which is intended to reflect concerns surrounding how spaces and places are created, controlled and used. The layered nature of his work references transience and the passing of time, and the marks or impressions that may be left behind which can contribute to our own reading of space and place.
This exhibition includes paintings, collages and mixed-media work that deal with the development and use of space, focusing on the margins and the marginalised and the barriers that are encountered, depending on where we are from and where we are going.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=jonathan-shapley

Steven Franks

Stephen Franks: My Life Drawing

  • 29 September — 3 October 2015

Stephen is a graphic designer and runs his own design group, Franks + Franks. He became a designer from a love of drawing and art. Over the last 10 years he has been drawing as an addition to designing, attending life drawing sessions in and around Oxford. “Drawing has become less integral to the design process because of technology, but I believe it is really important to keep drawing. Life drawing is about heightened observation, mark making and composition – all vital aspects to design.”
This exhibition shows the best of the drawings Stephen has produced over the years. It features a collection of life drawings and dog portraits produced in ink, charcoal and tea and some in pastels.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=stephen-franks

Society of Wood Engravers

Engravers 78th Annual Exhibition Oxford Photographic Society Annual Exhibition 2015

  • 6 — 24 October 2015

The Society of Wood Engravers opens its annual exhibition this year with a vibrant new selection of engravings and other relief prints from the UK and around the world. Wood engraving is at once the simplest and one of the most exquisite forms of printmaking, and the range of work on show here demonstrates the huge variety of possibilities obtainable from the technique. The selected prints range in size from tiny, intimate engravings to large, bold lino and woodcuts and the subject matter includes the traditional and figurative through to abstract with a number in full colour.
The exhibition is touring the UK and will also be visiting Bankside Gallery (next to Tate Modern), Bath, Eton, Thirsk and Petworth. Find Out More: SWE Members will be working in the Gallery from 2pm – 3pm on Sat 17 Oct and 11am – 3pm on Sat 24 October, demonstrating their craft and
answering questions.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=wood-engravers

Oxford Photographic Society

Oxford Photographic Society Annual Exhibition 2015

  • 28 October — 14 November 2015

Following its successful exhibition in 2013, the Oxford Photographic Society makes a welcome return to the North Wall for their 2015 Annual Exhibition. The exhibition is designed to showcase the broad range of photography skills and interests that its members engage in. These include land and seascape photography, portrait, street, creative, documentary, sport, wildlife, studio and fine art photography.
The Society has a mixed gender membership in excess of 100 comprising an age span of 18 – 80. Their season runs from early September to the end of May and offers guest speakers, competitions and discussions at their weekly meetings. Photo walks, special interest group trips, and various outings are also on offer throughout the season. Members are encouraged to show their work on the Society’s website and to invite comments and share information.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=photographic-society

Lorraine Turley

Lorraine Turley: Murmurings

  • 18 November — 5 December 2015

Lorraine Turley studied at the Glasgow School of Art. Her work is concerned with the contextual response to words, memory, relationships and experience. Landscape and text based images are created in response to the written word and memories of places visited. Layered and obscured, the text becomes indiscernible and reads as marks. As a visual image, the work resonates mood, impermanence and continuum. The paintings evoke transient snapshots and memories of places visited. They allow the viewer to create a personal relationship and dialogue with the work and to be transported to a place where sound, light, emotion and image form the experience when looking at the work. The work comes from the imagination: not from photographs or from life, but from the artist’s memories of places. They are murmurings from the past - real from imagined.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=lorraine-turley

Oxford Scribes

Oxford Scribes Collections: A Celebration of the Calligraphic Arts

  • 9 December 2015 — 9 January 2016

So much more than handwriting!
Oxford Scribes showcase their passion for beautiful hand lettering with a collection of work by current members. Each individual piece is an interpretation of the theme “Collections” (or lists) and celebrates the wide range of media and techniques employed by contemporary artists. Members of Oxford Scribes range from fine, internationally known, professional calligraphers, to complete beginners. They hold regular meetings with speakers and one-day workshops run by first-rate lettering artists. In addition, they undertake commissions, produce an excellent
newsletter, and aim to hold regular high prestige exhibitions in and around Oxfordshire. New members are welcome and need not to be practising calligraphers – just keen to meet others with an interest in fine writing.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=oxford-scribes

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
We Want You To Watch

We Want You To Watch

  • 18 — 19 September 2015 8-10pm

This is about pornography. This is an interview. This is an intervention. This is an interrogation. We’re recording now. We want to pull its plug out. We want to stop its heartbeat. We want to blow its brains out and begin again. We know exactly what we’re doing. We’re not stupid.

“Young, raw, risky and edgy” Exeunt

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£15, concessions £13, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=rashdash

The Bogus Woman

The Bogus Woman

  • 23 September 2015 8-10pm

An African woman arrives in a strange country fleeing for her life, seeking safety and asylum. Despite having committed no crime, she is indefinitely confined, interrogated, humiliated and abused. She witnesses the cruelty of the authorities and their casual disregard for an individual’s human rights. This strange country is England. Krissi Bohn (Coronation Street) performs this powerful, poetic and heart-wrenching play – bringing to life the 51 sharply etched characters who retell the experiences of this young woman.

“Essential watching … Krissi Bohn acts to vividly
realised and blistering perfection”
★★★★ The Independent
Free post-show panel discussion with speakers including Asylum Welcome

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£13, concessions £11, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=bogus-woman

Chicken Licken

Chicken Licken

  • 26 September 2015 11am-12pm, 2-3pm

A baby chick is born and thinks the sky is falling down. On the way to tell the King, she meets Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky & Turkey Lurkey, but there’s a shocking surprise! Chicken Licken grows up to be the Little Red Hen and asks her friends to help her make bread, but no one wants to play! Mixed into this recipe of food, puppets and music is the story of Little Red Hen and the sly Foxy Loxy. Will she outwit him and save her stuffing?

DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre is a world-renowned English/Australian company celebrating 21 years of making theatre for young and old. Their lively and witty adaptation of classic barnyard tales will have anyone over the age of three chuckling with delight.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£8 (concessions £6)

Website

http://thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=chicken-licken

Blake Remixed

Blake Remixed

  • 2 October 2015 8-10pm

World record-holding beatboxer and acclaimed rapper Testament smashes together UK Hip Hop with the iconic poetry of William Blake to create his first original theatre show. Celebrating the greatest counter-cultural voices in British history, Blake Remixed fuses music and storytelling with a live DJ and interactive video.
Made in collaboration with Scratch DJ World Champion DJ Woody, this is a coming of age story with difference. Through a varied career Testament has worked with leading artists including Kate Tempest, Shlomo and Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae.

“Brimming with skills” Soweto Kinch, Mercury Nominee and MOBO winner

Admission

£13, concessions £11, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=blake-remixed

Fire in the North Sky

Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland (Saatuja Sanoja)

  • 7 October 2015 7:30-10pm

Be transported by songs, adventure and the stories of Kalevala - Finland’s national epic and cultural treasure. Experience authentic creation myths, tales of Finland’s epic heroes and journey with them to the dark river of the underworld. Leading UK storyteller Nick Hennessey and three virtuoso Finnish musicians make these two thousand year old traditional stories come alive with a touch of offbeat fun, enchantment and music that moves between dancing flutes, intoxicating rhythms
and hauntingly beautiful sung melodies. Fire in the North Sky is a brand new show from Adverse Camber - one of the UK’s most celebrated storytelling companies. It is a rare opportunity to hear stories from Kalevala performed live and to experience the absolute pinnacle of Finnish contemporary folk music.

Admission

£13, concessions £11, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=adverse-camber

Outpost

Outpost

  • 9 — 10 October 2015 8-10pm

If you’re drunk on power can you ever sober up?
Luis and BK are stationed at a remote border crossing between their two countries. Luis believes in order and discipline. BK believes in taking things easy. The chance discovery of a strange other-world takes the two guards on a journey into the dark heart of politics, tyranny and murder. Absurd comedy and grotesque puppetry combine to explore nationalism, leadership and the terrible consequences of using another man’s toilet. This funny, thought-provoking and highly skilled production is the latest offering from Green Ginger, a world-renowned puppetry company specialising in all things strange and surreal.

“Green Ginger’s stuff is wonderfully clever and disturbing” Terry Gilliam

Admission

£13, concessions £11, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=outpost

Martyr

Martyr

  • 12 — 13 October 2015 8pm
  • 13 October 2015 10pm

Benjamin won’t do swimming at school. His mum thinks it’s drugs or body issues. But Benjamin has found God and mixed-sex swimming lessons offend him. Fundamentalism and tolerance clash in this funny, provocative play by leading German playwright, Marius von Mayenburg. Martyr considers how far we should go in accommodating another’s faith, and when we should take a stand for our own opposing beliefs.

Admission

£13, concessions £11, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=martyr-atc

Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian

Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian

  • 14 October 2015 8-10pm

What would you do if everyone in the world hated you? Would you run? Would you fight? Or would you try to make them laugh? Donald Robertson has no mates and he isn’t funny. But with guidance from his new mentor Gary, he hopes that this is all about to change. Writer/performer Gary McNair’s award winning monologue weaves a classic coming-of-age story with a pinpoint
deconstruction of the darker side of stand-up comedy.

“A tour de force with a whole
lot of heart and a must-see”
★★★★★ The Stage
“McNair delivers real insight
along with the laughs… a gem of
a show”
★★★★ The Telegraph

Admission

£13, concessions £11, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=donald-robertson

One The Edge!

On The Edge! Kevin Tomlinson & Abi Hood

  • 24 October 2015 7-8pm

This wonderful comedy show explores all those moments in life when we are on the edge: falling in love, leaving home, getting a job, bungee jumping…you name it, this show explores it! On the Edge! garnered 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and received a standing ovation on its last night. Since then, it has been seen at over 300 venues across the UK and had sell out performances all over the world. American company Warner Bros have recently bought the internet rights to On the Edge and the BBC are now looking at turning it into a TV show. Alongside his Kepow work, Kevin has also performed with the cast of Whose Line is It Anyway?

“Excellent...a must see show!” ★★★★★ The Times
“Magical comedy theatre!” Critics Choice: The Herald
★★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★★ The Independent

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10, concessions £8

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=on-the-edge

Pop-Up Flashback

Pop-Up Flashback

  • 24 October 2015 2-2:30pm

Enter an imaginative world of memories through incredible pop-up books: Sebastian remembers troll kings and mermaid queens, deep sea diving super heroes and city smashing dinosaurs!
A funny and heart-warming adventure of complicated families and growing up.

This show is part of the North Wall’s Family Arts Takeover, inviting families of all ages to come along and get involved – all day long!
With behind-the-scenes theatre tours, some very special shows and a huge range of wondrous workshops – all designed to appeal to the whole family – we guarantee there will be something fun and fascinating for everyone.
Full schedule available to download from 1st September. All shows £5 and workshops free when you buy a takeover pass for just £1

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£5 with a Family Arts Takeover pass

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=pop-up-flashback

The Poetry Joe Show

The Poetry Joe Show

  • 24 October 2015 10:30-11:30am

Meet Poetry Joe, poet extraordinaire in his magical light-up world of fabulous foods, beastly bugs and peculiar pets. Using magic lanterns, shadow puppetry and fabulous original poetry, this is the perfect fun introduction to poetry and spoken word for the very young.

This show is part of the North Wall’s Family Arts Takeover, inviting families of all ages to come along and get involved – all day long!
With behind-the-scenes theatre tours, some very special shows and a huge range of wondrous workshops – all designed to appeal to the whole family – we guarantee there will be something fun and fascinating for everyone.
Full schedule available to download from 1st September. All shows £5 and workshops free when you buy a takeover pass for just £1

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£5 with a Family Arts Takeover pass

Website

http://thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=poetry-joe-show

Jackie Oates & Ben Murray

Jackie Oates & Ben Murray

  • 25 October 2015 8-10pm

Jackie Oates and Ben Murray join forces for a special one-off co-headline tour. Jackie Oates is a name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention. Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the nascent Unthanks and has continued with five acclaimed solo albums. She has collaborated with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray on material that’s ranged from traditional ballads to eerie lullabies and rich contemporary songs. Ben Murray began his career as a founding member of the group Tarras. During his time with Tarras, the band was nominated for ‘Best Original Song’ at the BBC Folk Awards. Ben also garnered a second nominated for the ‘Horizon Award’ with his long time collaborative partner Rosie Doonan, with whom he also performs as part of The Mighty Doonans. Ben can currently be seen performing as the ‘Songman’ in the West End production of War Horse.

Admission

£13, concessions £11, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=jackie-oates

Eventide

Eventide

  • 28 — 31 October 2015

“Try and do something with your life. Be deliberate, you know?”

A love song, an elegy, a celebration – Eventide tells the story of three people whose worlds are disappearing. John is a landlord forced to sell up; Liz is a church organist who can’t get a gig; Mark takes what work he can just to pay the rent. Their tales unfold round the back of a pub hidden deep in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. But is that heart still beating? Barney Norris won the Critics’ Circle and Off West End Most Promising Playwright Awards for Visitors (“Extraordinary” The Guardian, “Heartbreaking” New York Times), which played to sell-out audiences at The North Wall before transferring to the Bush Theatre. Eventide now receives a powerful world premiere production directed by Alice Hamilton.

Admission

£13, concessions £11, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=eventide

QI Elves

No Such Thing As A Fish, With the QI Elves

  • 6 November 2015 8-10pm

The QI elves take to the road in the first live touring version of their multi-award winning hit podcast, on the back of their sell-out Edinburgh Festival run. Join Dan Schreiber, Andrew Hunter Murray, James Harkin and Anna Ptaszynski as they serve up their pick of bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts from the QI universe.

“The QI elves drop so many facts your head will spin!” The Guardian
“Expect to be amazed” The Telegraph

Admission

£13, concessions £11

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=qi-no-such-thing

Don Quixote

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

  • 7 November 2015 8-10pm

Two feisty señoritas and a downtrodden Englishman take on Don Quixote’s quest accompanied only by an otherworldly guitarist. A madcap rendition concluding with a common sentiment: “These guys didn’t read the book”. Award-winning company, Little Soldier presents a hilariously inventive adventure of immense proportions, to be taken with a pinch of salt and a handlebar moustache

“Technically brilliant and jaw-droppingly entertaining”
★★★★★ The Stage

Admission

£13, concessions £11

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=don-quixote

Laura Jurd - DINOSAUR (UK) & LABtrio (BE)

OCM presents Laura Jurd - DINOSAUR (UK) & LABtrio (BE)

  • 12 November 2015 7:45-10pm

Formerly known as the Laura Jurd Quartet, a new band awakens from the jaws of extinction. These four powerhouse musicians are ready to create seismic shifts through the medium of electric trumpet. DINOSAUR are an inspirational force on the UK jazz scene along with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings and Alexander Hawkins Hailing from Belgium, LABtrio’s urban influenced jazz sound toys with electronic music, improv and hip-hop. With miraculous interplay and infectious dynamics, LABtrio continuously challenge themselves allowing their sound to constantly evolve. Following sets of original music from both bands, tonight they combine to form a new large-ensemble to continue a creative collaboration born during a recent tour in Europe. Witness this special set from some of the best of the new generation of musicians.

“Sophisticated and technically awesome”
The Guardian on Laura Jurd
“A great sound and gripping, infectious dynamics”
All About Jazz on LABtrio

Admission

£14, concessions £10

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=dinosaur-labtrio

Our Teacher’s a Troll

Our Teacher’s a Troll

  • 15 November 2015 2-3pm, 5-6pm

Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny. That is, until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp gnarly fangs, and a long spiky tail… Can the twins save the school from the child-eating Troll? Can they get Brussels sprouts in peanut butter taken off the lunch menu? And most importantly, can naughtiness prevail? From Dennis Kelly, the writer of award-winning West End show Matilda the Musical, this is an exciting collaboration between Paines Plough and Half Moon Theatre, fresh from its success this summer at London’s Southbank Centre, Brighton Festival and Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

“Fun, funny and unpatronising. Comic perfection.”
★★★★ The Times

“All of the wit, grotesque humour and naughtiness of Dahl’s best”
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 (concessions £8)

Website

http://thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=our-teachers-a-troll

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)

  • 19 November 2015 8-10pm

There is a possibility that God made everything because he was terrified of doing nothing. Here is a re-telling of the story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, only with music, fewer words, more dance and never before seen levels of divine incompetence. A show for anyone who has ever created anything (a child, a garden, a paper aeroplane) and then had to watch that wonderful thing spiral out of control.

“A triumphant gallop through the story of creation”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Comic yet touching”
★★★★ The Times

Admission

£15, concessions £13, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=paradise-lost

Disco Pigs

Disco Pigs

  • 25 November 2015 8-10pm

Born seconds apart, Darren and Sinead, aka Pig and Runt, live in a fantasy world of their own in Cork City. Trash TV, Disco beats and cheap booze have fuelled this obsessive friendship. But as they go for their 17th birthday binge, reality violently collides with their fantasy and their world begins to crumble. Written by Enda Walsh, award winning writer of The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom , Penelope and Camera d’Or winning screenplay Hunger. Disco Pigs is a furious, funny and violent dash through a friendship too close to survive

“ Thrilling vigour and jabbering energy …Kickass performances”
★★★★ The Guardian

Admission

£13, concessions £11, students £5

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=disco-pigs

OCM Sarah Nicolls

OCM presents Sarah Nicolls: Moments of Weightlessness

  • 28 November 2015 7:30-10pm

Contemporary music pianist Sarah Nicolls is one of the most adventurous in the UK; she plays her unique ‘Inside-Out Piano’, enabling her to reach inside the instrument more easily to play unusual sounds. In this solo show, Sarah explores the extraordinary unexpected characteristics of the instrument, moving it around the stage to gradually reveal her parallel journey into motherhood.
See this monumental piano in surprising motion, hear the beautiful melodies and textures of Sarah’s piano-songs and contemplate the moments of life where everything seems to stand still.

“The transformation of piano from percussion to string instrument, from imposing musical apparatus to child’s plaything created something special indeed.”
The Argus 

Admission

£14, £10 concessions

Website

http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=sarah-nicolls

The North Wall Arts Centre
South Parade
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 7NN
England

Website

www.thenorthwall.com

E-mail

Gallery/Box Office

waltersa@thenorthwall.com

Telephone

Box office/Gallery

01865 319 450

Administration

01865 319 452

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