The OSO Arts Centre is a charitable trust, charity no. 1150 658, and operates under the title ‘Barnes Community Arts Centre’. Since 2012 it has been managed by a board of trustees selected to spearhead a renewed vision for the Arts Centre. Designed to reflect our growing and changing community, its ethos embraces all local residents and businesses, highlighting and promoting the importance and relevance of art, music, literature and drama. This has been a great success, and today the OSO Arts Centre is a central part of everyday life for many people. A welcome, warm and inviting space it is widely used for a whole host of endeavours with an age range spanning from 9 days to over 90 years!
Lisa Ross, Centre Manager Lisa runs all the day to day business at OSO, with overall charge of the premises, studio hire, classes,productions and all events.
Caroline Silfverling, Café Manager Caroline is responsible for the Everyday Barnes Café at OSO. Please contact her if you have any special requirements.
Laura Sedgwick, Production and Marketing Manager Laura is responsible for the arts events in the building- sourcing and programming exciting events, providing technical support and marketing all shows.
Clive & Sam. Accounting & book-keeping maestros. Claire. Fair organiser and fund raiser extraordinaire. Ellie & Sophie. Brilliant at everything. Robin, Rosie & Mary. Fantastic on-the-door help. Andy, Sarah & Chris. Talented jazz coordinators. Mark, Peter & Sue. Hands on maintenance & repair.
I’m proud to be an ambassador for the OSO because I’ve been to shows and events at the OSO that are truly
That’s BARNES for you.
And that’s the OSO: Original, Special, Open to all
Kate and her husband, Michael, have made South West London their home with the arrival of their daughter Clemency in 2011 and son Wilbur born in 2014. The OSO Arts Centre has long been a place they choose to visit, indulging in healthy home made food whilst enjoying the beautiful vista across Barnes Pond as well as the welcoming nature of the centre which puts the community at its heart. Kate and her husband say they love this part of London, with Richmond park providing a taste of the ‘country’, Twickenham a short trip away for the rugby and the community in which they live ensuring their children will grow up in a safe, nurturing, friendly environment that Kate says feels more villagey than if they did indeed live in a more rural setting.
As a young man it was the arts , particularly drama, poetry and painting that excited and liberated me.
No surprise then that much of my working life has been spent performing in Arts Centres the world over.
Here in Barnes we have our own OSO and I’m proud to be associated with it.
Roger McGough CBE FRSL
Chair of Trustees
Simon has lived in Barnes for over 20 years. He is actively involved in the community, he was the Chair of Governors at East Sheen Primary School before taking up the same role at Richmond Park Academy. Simon runs Barnes Auctions, he also organises the monthly collectables market around Barnes Pond. A keen marathon runner, you will spot him regularly flying along the towpath.
Steven has lived in the village for over 40 years. Now retired, his career in the exhibition and conference industry saw him travelling worldwide. He is a founder member of the Barnes Charity Fashion Show and is also a member of the Barnes Community Association executive committee. A discussion with OSO Chair Simon Danciger sparked Steven’s interest and he now serves on the Board as honorary treasurer.
Mark Lumsden has lived in Barnes for nine years. Married to Lucy, they have two children, their youngest is still at Barnes Primary School. Mark is a trained cabinet maker and runs a property maintenance business. He is a much valued member of the community and has been a Parent Rep and very involved with the school and has been a volunteer at the St Mary’s Barnes Scouts.
Mona has lived locally for more than 40 years and is a governor of Sheen Mount and Richmond Park Academy schools. Her career began in newspapers and continued in the BBC where, as a researcher and assistant producer, she worked on education, current affairs and history programmes. She currently works as an historical adviser for the big screen. She became a Trustee of the OSO because she loved the potential of this fantastic local amenity.
Peter was born and schooled in Barnes. His varied work experience includes three exciting years with Bernard Miles at the Mermaid Theatre. He was co-owner of the Barnes patisserie and catering company, Botticelli, until 2005. He is currently trading as Just Desserts at Barnes and Chiswick markets selling delicious fine sweet pastries. He would like to see The OSO developing into an Arts Centre Barnes will be proud of.
John is a retired teacher living in Kingston. He has been close to the OSO since it opened in 2000. Since the launch he has seen nearly all of its productions, produced and directed by the OSO’s enthusiastic team. He hopes to make a useful contribution to the revived OSO’s artistic direction and especially to its development of high-quality drama productions.
Patrick Van den Bergh
Patrick’s professional background in architecture, has brought him inevitably in contact with the arts. Furthermore, he has been involved with the Barnes Community Players since 1997 and as their chairman since 2011. It is his ambition to develop The OSO Arts Centre as a versatile arts space in the centre of Barnes.
Sharon has been a resident of Mortlake since 1992 and has raised her family here with both her children going to local schools. After a long stint in Investment Banking Sharon now works locally as an office manager at Coussins Associates on a part time basis and is also a guest lecturer at Roehampton University in the Dept of Education. She is a trustee of a homelessness charity in Wimbledon and also volunteers there once a week as part of the kitchen team. She has followed her son Joel into a trustee position at the OSO. She is best known as the producer of the highly popular annual OSO Panto!
The OSO Arts Centre is always keen to recruit new volunteers.
There are so many different aspects and such varied work, there really is something for everyone!
Cafe & Bar
Technical assistance (sound, lighting etc)
Marketing and promotional assistance
We are totally flexible and happy to welcome all volunteers; this can be at regular fixed times or just the odd couple of hours here and there. We also offer tasks on a project basis & full training will be given.
Please do drop in, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah generously donates a huge amount of time to OSO. She is the creative force who draws all our sign boards, dreams up decorations and designs. For more information please contact the office.
One of our art teachers who kindly assists with fundraising and art projects.
The OSO Arts Centre offers full disabled access
The OSO is a fully accessible facility with trained and helpful staff who are always happy to offer assistance. There is a ramp that leads to the entrance doors and the interior premises are open plan and on one level. We are partnered with Activity Station to provide a full programme of arts & activities for people with disabilities. We aim to introduce this in 2016. To find out more click here. Disabled toilet facilities are available. Click here to download our equal opportunities policy.
The OSO Arts Centre is a charitable trust and began life in Barnes in 2002 when the site of the old sorting office was regenerated by Leander Estates and Richmond Council. The result was mixture of commercial and residential units which included the provision of a 320 sq metre community building. In 1999 the first residents moved in to the new development and the arts centre began to take shape. In all, it took nearly five years to raise the money to refurbish these historic buildings, and the doors finally opened to the public in September 2002. This hub of artistic endeavour has since provided a home for theatre productions, live music, art exhibitions, dance classes, drama for all ages and abilities, educational opportunities and much, much more. Click to see full article