40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ.
The Old Fire Station is a public arts centre located on George Street, in central Oxford. The arts centre is a place where people from all walks of life and enjoy art and culture. People come to buy gifts, make art, watch art, volunteer and support their local communities.
The George Street fire station remained in operation until 1971. The former Oxford Playhouse Company, Meadow Players, leased the building as offices, and wardrobe and property storage, and for scenery painting.
The Meadow Players company closed in 1973, and the Oxford Area Arts Council was then formed to take over the building and to operate it as a centre for performance and participation arts, dance, drama and musical performances, exhibitions, lectures, and recitals.
Arts at the Old Fire Station was redeveloped in 2011 for use as a Crisis Skylight Centre. Crisis Skylight Oxford is a training centre providing creative and formal learning opportunities to homeless and vulnerably housed people and a dedicated employment service which helps them find and keep jobs.
The Fire Station provides essential services to homeless people, offering them opportunities they would not otherwise have. Visitors can enjoy a range of dance, theatre and visual arts shows throughout the year.
All the goods in the shop are designed or made by UK indie designer-makers or small businesses. Plus, as part of Arts at the Old Fire Station, the money from your purchases goes back into the centre’s charity work with Crisis, providing training and volunteering opportunities for homeless people.
The café serves freshly ground coffees, teas and cakes, as well as a range of light bites prepared from fresh, local produce. There are daily specials, a range of sandwiches, fresh salads and the famous fireman’s breakfast served all day.