About Us

Our vision is to build a harmonious and creative community in Bethnal Green.


Our vision is to build a harmonious and creative community in Bethnal Green

Vision, Mission and Values

Oxford House was originally created as a centre of religious, social, and educational work among the poor of East London; and to undertake and carry on religious, charitable, social, and educational work in London and elsewhere. It included creating youth clubs to engage/educate, a poor man’s lawyer to provide legal advice, labour exchanges to find work and adult education for those denied an education As the neighbourhood has changed, our approach has too and today we focus on community, arts, health/wellbeing and Somali arts/culture. Needless to say, we remain as committed and proud of the neighbourhood as ever.


Our Vision is to build a harmonious and creative community in Bethnal Green.

Our Mission is to provide a community-led, inspiring, diverse, and sustainable multipurpose arts space.


How we do it: We are based in the original Victorian building; a fabulous Grade II listed building which is:

• A community space with a café, affordable workspaces, and spaces to hire

• A creative place with classes, activities and programmes delivered with community partners in our theatre, dance studio, gallery, chapel, and roof terrace

• A place to volunteer that develops employability skills and helps support community life.


Our Values underpin the way we work and include:

Collaborate with partners, resident companies, and communities to create our programmes and activities.

Respectful of those people and organisations, we work with and valuing difference.

Engage with audiences, visitors, and partners to ensure we get better at what we do and how we do it.

Anti-racist in how we work with people and communities.

• Trusted to be a safe space to work, volunteer or visit.

Energising in how we work with people and how we make a difference.

Our Team


Michael Judge (Chair) | Programme Associate, NIE Theatre
Dr Polly Richards (Vice Chair) | Interpretation and Masterplanning Consultant
Jamie Andrews (Vice Chair) | Head of Cultural Engagement, British Library
Ibrar Alyas (Treasurer) | Director, Credit Suisse
Linda Kaur | Director & Owner, Khalsa School Wear
Matthew Railton | Director, Four Colman Getty
Robert Robinson | Company Director, Notes Coffee Ltd
Nivek Amichund | Chief Exhibitor, HM Tower of London
Dilruba Begum | Account Manager, BAE Systems
Lynda Carnal | Digital Director, Fitflop
Roxi Mitchell | Programme Manager, You Make It


Staff Team

John Ryan | Chief Executive
Deborah Fowler | Commercial Manager
Jessica Ihejetoh | Heritage Producer
Enus Ali | Front of house
Anisa Khanom | Front of house
Annie Gao | Front of house
Kwame Owusu | Front of house & Cleaner
Comfort Buabeng | Cleaner
Agnes Asiedu | Cleaner
Tom Hughes | Café Attendant

Cameraperson filming on a documentary shoot

Community Partners

We are a bustling hub with circa 30 community partners and resident companies based here.

Interested in becoming a community partner? We are particularly interested in classes for young people during day time or after school clubs. Contact info@oxfordhouse.org.uk

We also have affordable workspaces so get in touch if you are looking for a space. Contact john.ryan@oxfordhouse.org.uk



Community Partners

Young & Talented School of Stage and Screen

Grace & Poise Academy

Lisa Gilbert Academy of Ballet

Green Candle Dance

Thai Boxing Academy


Resident Companies 

Alternative Care Services

Samson & Fox (Carpentry Club)

Spitalfields Music 

Sound and Music



Positive Care Link

Kazzum Arts


Roots of Empathy


Involve Foundation 


New Economy Organisers Network 

University House Legal Advice Centre 

Language of Dance Centre


Debt Justice

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture

Elaine Harrison

Katswhiskers Creative Limited

The Queer House

Centre for Women’s Justice