Ovalhouse provides a home for artists.
Ovalhouse provides a home for artists.
We support, develop, train and nurture artists at all stages of their career. Artists are at the heart of everything that we do, so we ensure that we invest in their futures. Here are some of the ways in which we do this:
Every year Ovalhouse selects five artists/companies who are looking to make a significant step-change. Artists receive training, support and investment over a two year period in order to take their work to the next level. Find out more about our Associate Artists programme here.
Ovalhouse provides two training workshops per season. Most of these are open to all artists, though a few of them are by application only, such as our training for blind and visually impaired artists delivered in partnership with Extant Theatre. The content of these workshops is decided by artists who attend our Artist Networking events, telling us about what they need to develop their organisation and their practice.
Artist Networking Events
Twice per season, we host a #Connect event in our café/bar, these are relaxed, informal opportunities to meet other artists over food and drinks. These events are completely free and provide a great way of finding new collaborators and growing your community.
Time to Talk
We believe in creative conversations not pitches. If you have a project that you want to discuss, or you just want to introduce yourself and your work to Ovalhouse, then come and talk to us. Most of these are done over a cup of tea or a walk in the park.
If you would like to start a conversation with us you can:
- Invite us to see your work. We get lots of these requests every week, so please don’t take it personally if we can’t make it. But there really is no substitute from seeing your work in performance, so we will make every effort to be there.
- Send us an email introducing us to your work. Photographs and short video clips are a great way for us to get a sense of your style and what you want to say.
- Get involved. Come along to training and networking events and make sure that you come and see productions at Ovalhouse so that you can get to know us and the types of work that we support.
Rehearsal and Development
Ovalhouse supports the development of a wide-range of work, some of which is presented on our stages and some of which is presented in other venues across the UK. We have three rehearsal rooms which are in use year-round. In 2014 we provided 66 weeks of rehearsal space to artists.
Work on our Stages
Ovalhouse has two theatres: Upstairs (46 seats) and Downstairs (96 seats); we also programme our café/bar and an annual outdoor festival in Brixton – Brixton City. More shows are nurtured at Ovalhouse than can fill our theatres: we invest in process as well as product. Ovalhouse works with artists in a number of ways in order to present the work of artists, including:
This is our work-in-development platform and provides artists with an opportunity to test new work in front of a public audience. Much of the finished work that we present has been through our FiRST BiTE process. If we have not worked with you before, FiRST BiTES is a great way to introduce your work to us and our audiences.
Commissioning and Co-producing
Ovalhouse commissions and co-produces with a range of partners from across the UK and internationally. We invest resources and finances into these productions as well as supporting some productions to tour outside of London.
Our team travels to productions and festivals around the UK in order to bring the very best work to our audiences in SE London.
Brixton City Festival
Our annual festival, launched in 2016, presents a range of performances in locations across Brixton. In streets, cafés, bars, squares, parks and markets this festival allows audiences to get up-close and personal with some of the most exciting performance that our Capital has to offer. We invest finances and resources at different levels to suit the needs of each production.
You can find out more about the financial support we offer here.