The North Wall is an arts centre in Oxford's lively Summertown. It opened in 2006 with a theatre, art gallery and studios and a year later was open to the public.
The North Wall Arts Centre plays a number of important roles in the art world, "created for the benefit of emerging artists across a range of disciplines".
Almost at the end of South Parade, away from the shops and eateries the imposing old stone wall of the building feels like a statement on its own. I wanted to run my hand over the wall but with a baby in a pushchair the sight may have caused passerbys to wander what the crazy woman was up to.
The building was originally a Victorian swimming pool and was in use by the local St Edward's School for over one hundred years. It was then used as a storeroom until it was beautifully renovated into a place for a hive of artistic events.
The theatre is a flexible space holding up to 250 people. The North Wall Arts Centre hosts a packed programme of productions from the up and coming to well established theatre companies. In the first half of 2013 they have 18 different productions including both children and adult pieces. Not only that but there are musical performances and you can brighten up your evening with a little bit of comedy.
The foyer to the theatre is set up as a gallery space with constantly changing exhibitions. Usually free entry, it's a lovely space to check out what's new. This area is also available to rent for private events. Stark white walls and an urban concrete ceiling provide the perfect blank canvas.
The North Wall Arts Centre also plays an important role in outreach projects, supporting young and aspiring artists in theatre, dance, music and film.
Parking is hard to come by especially during the day but you might be lucky and find a space if you're coming for an evening performance. Take the bus or alternatively use the public car park in Summertown.
The packed programme of events is bound to have something that will appeal to everyone. Check out their website for details of current productions and give it a try.