Calendar

Oct
14
Mon
Community-led Housing Clinic
Oct 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Looking to set up a housing coop? Interested in community-led housing? Dreaming of building your own home?

If so, come and drop in to Open House anytime between 5.30 and 7.30 pm for expert advice and support on any stage of your community-led housing journey.

We’ll be joined by folks from local architecture and design cooperative Transition by Design and Collaborative Housing to answer any questions you may have on finding a group, planning a project, working your way through planning, designing and building and in seeking finance for your project.

This session is free and open to all.

Oct
16
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Like to play with words? So do we!

Come hang out with our poet-in-residence and have a go at some writing games, techniques and activities – or just curl up with a cup of tea and a book! We will have plenty of resources, materials, and poetry for you to get stuck into so just drop in – no need to register.

The sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from 5 December between 10am and noon – and will carry on into the new year, too.

Spread the word!

I’m Not Dancing // a panel discussion on queer space and LGBTQIA+ housing & homelessness
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

LGBTQIA+ people are disproportionately affected by poor housing and homelessness in the UK. Research by the Albert Kennedy Foundation has found that up to a third of young people experiencing homelessness identify in some way as LGBTQIA+ and Stonewall Housing’s work highlights how as a group already disproportionally impacted by austerity and the hostile environment, LGBTQIA+ people find it harder to access housing, are less able to afford average rents, and have a more difficult time navigating support systems.

On 16th October we’ll be delving into the some of the reasons behind these trends and their impact on LGBTQIA+ people; as individuals and as a community. In particular, we’ll be focussing on the topic of ‘queer’ and ‘lgbt-friendly’ spaces.

A recent wave of closures of gay bars and community spaces has bought this topic out into the open, in Oxford and beyond and to coincide with the Museum if Oxford’s ‘Queering Spires’ exhibition on LGBTQIA+ spaces in Oxford, we want to explore the relationship between the disappearance of spaces for LGBTQIA+ people to meet, socialise and organise, and LGBTQIA+ housing insecurity and homelessness.

We’ll also be hearing from people who are busy creating vibrant new queer spaces. We’ll hear from activists and organisers who are providing tailored support for LGBTQIA+ folk experiencing homelessness, who are building housing specifically tailored for LGBTQIA+ older communities, and who are creating new ‘queer’ spaces for young people.

 

Tickets and further details can be found here.

Oct
17
Thu
A People’s History of the Cowley Road // Scanning Party!
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring your photos and stories of Oxford’s favourite road, past and present to help us build a people’s history of the Cowley Road.

Oct
18
Fri
Arts & Craftivism @ Open House
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Weekly arts and craft session. Free and good for all ages.

Renters Organise! Oxford Tenants Union Meetup
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and join a group of local activists fighting to make renting more affordable and more secure in Oxford.

Oct
19
Sat
‘Oxford is My Home’ – Can we create a magazine in a day?
Oct 19 all-day

Do you call Oxford your home? And what does the word ‘home’ mean to you?

We want to give voice to the diverse experiences of finding, building and maybe even losing a home in Oxford in a new community zine called ‘Oxford is my home’. After the amazing response to the first issue, and the fun had in making it, we’re doing it all again!

Whether you’re new to the city, born-and-bred, or anywhere in between, you’re invited to join together on 19th October at Open House. Come by any time between 10am and 4pm to collaborate & create art, opinions, poetry, and stories around this complex and vital topic. The event is free and open to all.

Why? Many people come into Open House and ask us the same questions; ‘how can we solve homelessness? How can we build more affordable housing? Is anyone doing anything!?’ We think the answer lies in talking to each other. Oxford is full of people who are experts by lived-experience of how our housing system is failing and we won’t understand how to fix the sticky situation we’ve got ourselves into until we start listening to them.

Copies of the original issue of ‘Oxford is my home’ can be found at the Oxford Poetry Library at any of their local market appearances. You can see where our big purple bike of books will be next at oxfordpoetrylibrary.co.uk

Want to get involved but can’t make the date? Contact us on hello@openhouseoxford.org or oxfordpoetrylibrary@gmail.com

Coffee Morning @ Open House
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday we’ll be talking about a theme to do with housing and homelessness. These coffee mornings are informal and friendly and a good way of finding out more about Open House.

Oct
20
Sun
Pop-Up Tomorrow: Reimagining Oxford City Centre
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pop Up Tomorrow is a series of events inspired by Transition Network across the UK, imagining future communities.

////// POP UP TOMORROW: RE-IMAGINING OXFORD CITY CENTRE ////
Sun 20th October, 2-5pm
Open House Oxford
Free entrance

Join us for a creative afternoon at Open House Oxford – where together we will reimagine what Oxford City Centre could look like.

Please sign up on this page or on the eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/73967220949/ Places are free but there is limited space in the venue so places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis!

“Pop Up Tomorrow will be a time of creativity, dreaming, and sharing. It will be a space to explore our longings for what we want the future to be. It will connect us to each other and to a future worth fighting for. ”

Based on an idea by Transition Network, CAG Oxfordshire and Eden Project Communities invite you to come together bring your ideas and imaginings of what Oxford’s City Centre could look like – a city farm? A community bank? Closed off to cars completely? Edible gardens?

What stories, buildings, spaces would this future Oxford City Centre hold, and what would life be like?

This event will take place at Open House Oxford and is free to anyone and everyone who wants to join. Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided in return for your creative contributions, thoughts, inspiring ideas, and craft skills!
Keep checking this space for more details.

For any more information in the meantime, get in touch with Laonikos (lpsimi@edenproject.com) or Henry (Henry.Owen@resourcefutures.co.uk).

Oct
23
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Like to play with words? So do we!

Come hang out with our poet-in-residence and have a go at some writing games, techniques and activities – or just curl up with a cup of tea and a book! We will have plenty of resources, materials, and poetry for you to get stuck into so just drop in – no need to register.

The sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from 5 December between 10am and noon – and will carry on into the new year, too.

Spread the word!