What's on

Events, talks and workshops at Makespace Oxford

How To Save A Rock With A Circle - a play about climate breakdown

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Devised by Pigfoot Theatre, a company of actors and theatre-makers from Oxford University

Date: 6th – 9th  November – Time: 7:15pm 

How To Save A Rock With A Circle is a play about climate breakdown, but not about the end of the world. Devised by Pigfoot Theatre, a company of actors and theatre-makers from Oxford University, these work-in-progress shows explore how we respond to climate breakdown - and the anger, group action, and kindness needed to make change. This is one of the first theatrical productions in the world to explicitly aim to be entirely carbon neutral, powered by solar and bike-power, using only recycled materials and offsetting any unavoidable costs. The play will last one hour and will take place in Makespace Oxford’s downstairs gallery.

How do we grow Oxford's co-operative sector?

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Oxfordshire Co-operative Party

Date: Thurs 15th November – Time: 18:30pm – 20:00pm

Providing affordable housing, offering free childcare, strengthening communities, growing and selling food, tackling homelessness. Coops in our city are doing all these things right now. With greater awareness and support we could do so much more.

The Cooperative Party secured the Labour Party's manifesto commitment to double the size of the cooperative sector and is generating ideas to fulfil this pledge. The Labour Party holds power on Oxford City Council and has a growing number of Co-operative and Labour councillors and co-operators. How can our council use its power and influence to support the local co-operative sector to grow?

Organsed by Oxfordshire Co-operative Party, this session will hear from councillors and co-operators and aim to generate new ideas that will help fulfil the aim of growing the size of the co-operative sector here in Oxford and around the county. Join members of Oxford’s coops, city councillors and Coop Party members for an informal evening to develop ideas.

EOF Textiles Workshop + Social

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: EOF

Date: Fri 16th November  

Time: 19:00 – 22:00

EOF Textiles Group:
Come talk about your amazing sewing projects, be it a dress, medieval garments, or an LED scarf! Show us your knits and dyes. We'll provide a relaxed environment for you to work on your projects in the company of others.

Oxford Alterations will be joining us with a tour of their workshop (in the building we share) and maybe they'll even let us use it! 🙂

EOF Social:
In parallel with the workshop we'll be running our usual 3rd Friday Social evening.

We're still recovering from a successful Repair Cafe in collaboration with Share Oxford so this week we're looking inwards.
A few members talked about building a PC, setting up the Vinyl Cutter and generally labelling things.
Come and stare at our new (disassembled) lathe! Imagine the possibilities!
Tours of the hackspace - Come see what we're about.
Bring your projects around - Show us what you're currently making!
Bring some drinks with you or part with some cash and we'll reach into our own stash and refresh your evening.

Sharing Oxford - Activating our Urban Commons with Tom Llewellyn

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Solidarity Economy Association

Date: 21st November – Time: 18:15 – 20:30

The most pressing challenges facing cities today, including wealth inequality, environmental pollution, climate resilience, and social isolation, have the potential to be mitigated by the efficient and equitable sharing of vital resources with each other.

Building upon Shareable’s years of experience covering the ‘sharing ecosystem’ and the 137 model policies and case studies curated for the new book, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons,” Tom Llewellyn, strategic partnerships director of Shareable, will show how the real sharing economy is already connecting people together, empowering community-led disaster recovery efforts, and working under the radar to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Tom Llewellyn is a lifelong sharer, commoner, and storyteller who travels the globe inspiring and empowering communities to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. He’s the Strategic Partnerships Director for Shareable.net, executive producer and host of the podcast documentary series The Response, and co-editor of the book “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons”.

Following the presentation, attendees will participate in an interactive ‘World Café’ style discussion, working together to evaluate Oxford by exploring the state of things, the available resources, the needs of residents, and what the steps might be to meet those needs together.

This workshop is for anyone interested in exploring how we might activate Oxford’s urban commons together to address some of our city’s most pressing needs. Please bring your enthusiasm, ideas, and any examples of projects you’re already aware of to share and connect with others.

The Community-led housing drop-in advice clinic

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Oxfordshire Community Land Trust and Oxford Co-housing

Date: Every Tuesday – Time: 9.30 – 11.30 and 14.00 – 16.00

Oxfordshire Community Land Trust and Oxford Cohousing are running free weekly drop in sessions, every Tuesday at Makespace Oxford for anyone seeking advice on community led housing.

We particularly want to support other community-led housing group start-up and make the most of the government's newly announced Community Housing Fund. Now is the time while there is government funding put there. And we need to use it or it will disappear.......

Drop in from 9.30 to 11.30 or from 2-4 on a Tuesday. Or ring Fran 07889 209448 to make alternative appointment.

Sharing Oxford - Activating our Urban Commons with Tom Llewellyn

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Solidarity Economy Association

Date: 21st November – Time: 18:15 – 20:30

The most pressing challenges facing cities today, including wealth inequality, environmental pollution, climate resilience, and social isolation, have the potential to be mitigated by the efficient and equitable sharing of vital resources with each other.

Building upon Shareable’s years of experience covering the ‘sharing ecosystem’ and the 137 model policies and case studies curated for the new book, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons,” Tom Llewellyn, strategic partnerships director of Shareable, will show how the real sharing economy is already connecting people together, empowering community-led disaster recovery efforts, and working under the radar to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Tom Llewellyn is a lifelong sharer, commoner, and storyteller who travels the globe inspiring and empowering communities to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. He’s the Strategic Partnerships Director for Shareable.net, executive producer and host of the podcast documentary series The Response, and co-editor of the book “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons”.

Following the presentation, attendees will participate in an interactive ‘World Café’ style discussion, working together to evaluate Oxford by exploring the state of things, the available resources, the needs of residents, and what the steps might be to meet those needs together.

This workshop is for anyone interested in exploring how we might activate Oxford’s urban commons together to address some of our city’s most pressing needs. Please bring your enthusiasm, ideas, and any examples of projects you’re already aware of to share and connect with others.

How To Save A Rock With A Circle
a play about climate breakdown

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Devised by Pigfoot Theatre, a company of actors and theatre-makers from Oxford University

Date: 6th – 9th  November – Time: 7:15pm

How To Save A Rock With A Circle is a play about climate breakdown, but not about the end of the world. Devised by Pigfoot Theatre, a company of actors and theatre-makers from Oxford University, these work-in-progress shows explore how we respond to climate breakdown - and the anger, group action, and kindness needed to make change. This is one of the first theatrical productions in the world to explicitly aim to be entirely carbon neutral, powered by solar and bike-power, using only recycled materials and offsetting any unavoidable costs. The play will last one hour and will take place in Makespace Oxford’s downstairs gallery

How do we grow Oxford's co-operative sector?

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Oxfordshire co-operative party

Date: Thurs 15th November – Time: 18:30pm – 20:00pm

The housing crisis is a growing phenomena that affects everyone. From the increasing issue of homelessness in the UK to the displacement of native communities in Malaysia due to deforestation, the housing crisis is an interconnected network of problems, people and place.

Join our panel discussion with Lucy Warin, Transition by Design, Fran Ryan, Oxfordshire Community Land Trust, and Shiasta Aziz, councillor for Rose Hill and Iffley Oxford to explore how alternative approaches to housing can unlock the creativity and energy of local people in addressing the housing crisis!

We'll have beer from Tap Social, a local craft beer. Places are free but you need to register.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stir-magazine-launch-housing-crisis-to-housing-disaster-tickets-50489121321

This event is part of Stir magazine's autumn series of launches for the publication of Co-operating out of Crisis.

EOF Textiles Workshop + Social

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: EOF

Date: Fri 16th  November – Time: 19:00 – 22:00pm

EOF Textiles Group:
Come talk about your amazing sewing projects, be it a dress, medieval garments, or an LED scarf! Show us your knits and dyes. We'll provide a relaxed environment for you to work on your projects in the company of others.

Oxford Alterations will be joining us with a tour of their workshop (in the building we share) and maybe they'll even let us use it! 🙂

EOF Social:
In parallel with the workshop we'll be running our usual 3rd Friday Social evening.

We're still recovering from a successful Repair Cafe in collaboration with Share Oxford so this week we're looking inwards.
A few members talked about building a PC, setting up the Vinyl Cutter and generally labelling things.
Come and stare at our new (disassembled) lathe! Imagine the possibilities!
Tours of the hackspace - Come see what we're about.
Bring your projects around - Show us what you're currently making!
Bring some drinks with you or part with some cash and we'll reach into our own stash and refresh your evening.

The Community-led Housing Drop-in Advice Clinic

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Oxfordshire Community Land Trust and Oxford Cohousing

Date: Every Tuesday – Time: 9.30-11.30 and 14.00-16.00

Oxfordshire Community Land Trust and Oxford Cohousing are running free weekly drop in sessions, every Tuesday at Makespace Oxford for anyone seeking advice on community led housing.

We particularly want to support other community-led housing group start-up and make the most of the government's newly announced Community Housing Fund. Now is the time while there is government funding put there. And we need to use it or it will disappear.......

Drop in from 9.30 to 11.30 or from 2-4 on a Tuesday. Or ring Fran 07889 209448 to make alternative appointment.