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Oxford Brookes is a firmly-established contributor to the cultural and creative life of the region, often with an eye on how such events can encourage a greater diversity of groups attending and participating.
The Old Fire Station
A number of Brookes colleagues worked as trustees or advisers on the development of the Old Fire Station in central Oxford, which re-opened in 2011 as an arts venue and also a Crisis Skylight Centre, offering opportunities for homeless and other vulnerable people to develop skills and confidence through artistic expression. Alison Honour, Head of the Brookes' School of Arts, curated the opening exhibition.
Brookes continues its partnership with the Old Fire Station through the Studio Award Scheme, funded and supported by our School of Arts. The annual competition gives two final-year Arts students the chance to use professional studios for a year, providing a launch pad for their artistic career. In addition, the two selected graduates will work as assistants to the arts projects being run by Crisis and the Arts Centre. Their one-year residency will culminate in a final-year exhibition at the Old Fire Station gallery.
Professor Tom Betteridge, trustee of Pegasus Theatre, and senior lecturer Eleanor Lowe are leading the way in developing a partnership between Brookes and Pegasus - through the use of performance space for drama students and collaborations between all the University's faculties with the theatre for mutual benefit.
Cowley Road Carnival
Students from Brookes provided administrative and event support for the 2011 Cowley Road Festival while the University offered changing facilities for the carnival procession, an information stand and assistance with transport.
Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
Brookes contributed on a number of fronts to this popular literary festival in 2011 - organising and chairing sessions on food, drink and culture, creative writing, and the future of publishing.