By the Power of the Magic Stick

16 Goodgymers helped their local community in Oxford
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Wednesday 29th March 2023

Report written by Anwen Greenaway

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Ovada are a non-profit gallery space with limited funding and a small staff team. Car park hire is a key source of income that enables them to run events, exhibitions of socially engaged work, and an education programme where they offer a number of subsidised and bursary places.

With only a small staff team it is hard to keep on top of maintenance, so they called in our GoodGym flash mob to get their car park area ship shape. Car park hire is a valuable source of income, so getting it tidied up is important to the gallery.

Bundled up against the spring showers we shovelled mud, raked leaves, shifted rubbish out for collection, weeded, pulled up nettles (achieving the first nettle sting of the year) and litter picked. Found tools (the magic stick) proved nearly as effective as proper tools and fitted with the mucking out vibe of the task. In little over an hour we filled 2 large builders' sacks with detritus (and could have filled several more), got an excellent upper-body workout, and we got a mini tour of the gallery space afterwards.

Ovada's website is here.

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A non-profit arts organisation with warehouse gallery, education space and affordable artist studios, with an events and engagement programme.

We are for Creativity: OVADA is a space to experience the arts and share skills, supporting the delivery of innovative events, exhibitions, workshops and courses that are welcoming for all. Our warehouse is available to realise creative projects. We are for Collaboration: OVADA offers dynamic development opportunities, such as open calls, in-house studio spaces and residencies that encourage experimental, cross disciplinary and collaborative approaches. We are for Community: OVADA strives to reflect our community through supporting socially engaging, inclusive work. We nurture and connect artists and creative communities through our Associates offer and network.

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