What We Do
Meet the Team
Café & Bar Staff
Paul | Stephan | Yanete | Mairin | Josef | Will | Claudia | Alex | Maria | Jonny
Rose | Trish | Mary L | Mary H | Robin | Pennie | Jo | Avril | Julie | Phil | Sarah | Carmel | Justin
I’m proud to be an ambassador for the OSO because I’ve been to shows and events at the OSO that are truly Brilliant, Arresting, Rewarding, Novel, Exciting, Special – 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 homemade food while 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, and was the Chair of Governors at East Sheen Primary School before taking up the same role at Richmond Park Academy. Simon runs Barnes Auctions, and 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, and 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, has been a Parent Rep, is 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 is currently an historical adviser for the big screen. She became a Trustee of the OSO because she loved the potential of this fantastic local amenity.
Royce Bell is a resident of Barnes, and is on the board of Punchdrunk and Theatre503
Sue has lived in Barnes for over 25 years. She has brought up her two daughters here and is passionate about all things local and keeping the village feel to Barnes. After a career with one of the Big 4 consultancies, Sue now runs her own business, specialising in business communication skills training. She has been involved with OSO since the first Christmas Panto. She organises and runs the Panto market stall for the children to indulge themselves spending their Panto Pounds. Her daughter also had her 18th Birthday party at OSO – complete with a bouncy castle.
The Artistic Director of Barnes-based theatre company Shadow Road and founder and director of the mixed arts mental health awareness festival UNBROKEN, Emma is also a published children’s author and a professional member of both Stage Directors UK and the Society of Authors. A strong believer in the power and intrinsic value of the arts, her work has been performed in a wide range of venues, from the West End to the fringe. As a long-term supporter of the OSO, she is delighted to become a Trustee and to champion this fantastic venue set in the heart of her local community. When not busy doing theatrical things, Emma can usually be found in one or other of Richmond’s libraries, where she also works as a part-time manager!
Julie has lived in Barnes since 1998 and her three children have all attended local schools. A legal editor by profession, Julie also runs The Political Cartoon Gallery & Café in Putney with her partner. She is a member of the Prospect magazine editorial team and also volunteers at OSO once a week as part of the Box Office team. Julie is delighted to join OSO as a Trustee, providing a link between her long-standing interest in the arts and her involvement in Barnes community affairs.
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 Department 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!
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.
Barnes Community Players
Barnes Music Society
Barnes Literary Society
Barnes Children's Literature Festival
London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames
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 a 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 here to see the full article.
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 and activities for people with disabilities. To find out more click here. Disabled toilet facilities are available. Click here to download our equal opportunities policy.
Terms and Conditions
Refunds Except for cancelled performances, we regret that, once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded although we may try and exchange them for you if possible and subject to the conditions regarding exchange set out below. Passing tickets onto a third party If you are unable to use your ticket, we would be happy to honour your booking if you would like to give or sell your ticket to a friend. However, please ensure that they know the name of the original ticketholder, and ideally that they bring the confirmation email with them. Ticket Exchanges At our discretion, and subject strictly to availability, we will exchange tickets for another performance of the same production only. Tickets must be exchanged at least two clear days before the date of the performance of either the original date of the production or the one you to which you wish to swap, whichever is the earlier. Please call the box office or email [email protected]. Reserving tickets We are unable to reserve tickets without payment. Concessions Concessionary prices may be available to those over 60, students in full-time education, or registered disabled. If you need to be accompanied by a carer, please call us and we will arrange for a free ticket for them.