The North Wall is an Arts Centre in Oxford that has been created for the benefit of emerging artists across a range of disciplines. Based on the campus of St Edward’s School, this award-winning facility was completed in 2006, and offers a fully flexible 200-seat theatre, a public art gallery and studios for dance and drama. The programme of events at The North Wall places emphasis on new and innovative work.
Since opening to the public in 2007, we attracted a number of well established theatre companies including 1927, ATC, Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Shared Experience as well as bringing the latest work from up and coming companies. Comedians who have appeared at The North Wall include Sarah Millican, Harry Hill and Julian Clary, to name only a few. In the past we have welcomed some fantastic musical acts, such as French-Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan, Ralph McTell, The Unthanks and Spiers & Boden.
The North Wall exists to provide opportunities for artists, young people and the general public to make and experience art of the highest quality. We aim to promote the notion of art as a tool for living; timely, relevant and socially engaged. Through the cutting-edge programming choices of the arts centre and ground-breaking outreach initiatives for aspiring young artists, we aim to offer both cultural enrichment for audiences, and an ‘arts laboratory’: a place where people of different ages, experience and disciplines can come together, make connections and explore new ideas and aesthetics. We have a focus on nurturing talent in young and emerging artists, and removing the barriers that prevent them from achieving meaningful careers in the arts. The North Wall Trust provides a platform for this work, managing a range of home-grown artistic outputs, including vocational training and outreach projects, productions, co-productions and a range of participatory and educational initiatives for children, young people and the wider community.