Theatre, Music & Art


The Arts Centre is available for week long productions or one night shows. We are as accommodating and flexible as possible; producers can hire the venue outright, or may opt for a joint production with a door split.
The building has a permanent lighting rig, temporary staging and black flats. Hire fees vary according to productions – please contact Laura Sedgwick on If you are interested in staging a production here please read our OSO Production Handbook 2017-18 for more information.
Click to see our floor plan.

Music & Rehearsals

This is a terrific music venue. Lots of events take place here, ranging from regular sessions of jazz, a variety of
bands and classical concerts by internationally acclaimed musicians. The music at OSO is supported by an upright piano and a superb Steinway grand piano plus a high quality BOSE sound system.
The venue is also available for band and CD launches.
Click to see our floor plan and equipment list.

Art Exhibitions

OSO is a perfect venue for art and sculpture exhibitions. The three studios provide a highly versatile space that can be easily adapted to accommodate exhibitions, whatever the size. The bar is available to serve drinks and canapés. The venue can be reserved for a one night show. Alternatively, the café walls can be hired for a two or four week Café Art exhibition, with works displayed in the atrium on public view.
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Talks & Events

Talks & Lectures

OSO is extremely proactive in this area, and is currently home to the Barnes Literary Society and the Barnes Childrens Literary Festival. We love welcoming audiences to a variety of entertaining and exhilarating talks by scholars, celebrities and lecturers.
The space can easily accommodate different sized groups, from 40 to 150! If required, we also have access to an excellent sound engineer and are happy to provide contact details.

Click to see our floor plan and equipment list.

Corporate & Launch Events

The centre is well equipped for a variety of corporate events, including product launches, filming, photo shoots etc. The flexible studio layout lends itself well to differing requirements, and the technical equipment available ensures a highly polished and professional event.
The bar and cafe are available to support your event if required.
Please contact Lisa Ross
( to discuss your
Click to see our floor plan and equipment list.

Auctions & Fairs

The Arts Centre regularly hosts the immensely popular and lively Barnes Auctions, attracting crowds who enjoy viewing lots on the Friday prior to the live auction on Saturdays.

Claire, our extremely efficient and wonderful volunteer, organises the fairs held at OSO on Barnes Fair Day, the Christmas Fair held late November and a children’s themed fair as part of the Christmas Festival.
Contact Claire:

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Venue hire

Run a Class

We offer a variety of weekly classes for adults and children. These change on a regular basis, but include dance, yoga, pilates, ante & postnatal classes, first aid, art & photography as well as painting and drawing. If you are interested in running a class at OSO, please contact Lisa Ross to discuss availability and studio hire.
For a copy of our floor plan click here.

Hold an Event

We regularly host a variety of parties including christenings, naming ceremonies, birthdays, wedding receptions, anniversaries, funeral receptions, charity fundraisers and many more. The venue comprises three studios with flexible space ideal for parties. The ease of changing the studio layout means that we can offer the perfect solution for parties from 30 to 200+, by offering single studios or the whole suite. The bar and café can also be hired to assist with parties and receptions. Click to see our floor plan and equipment list. For hire charges and availability, please contact Lisa Ross

Our Additional Services

We offer a number of services to make your event run as smoothly as possible!
Sound engineer
OSO Jazz Group: Relaxed background or dance music.
OSO Catering: Platters of dips & canapés.
Speciality Cake Baker: Exquisite homemade cakes.
Mrs SW13 event planning: Will plan and deliver the whole package.
Sarah Templeman, Creative Director: Pure design and decorating genius.
For further details contact Lisa Ross


The Bare Space

The Space in Action