Venue Hire at O3 Gallery

Venue Hire

The O3 Gallery at Oxford Castle offers an intimate, memorable venue in which to host your event. Housed within the historic setting of Oxford’s former prison C-wing, the gallery itself is presented as an unusual circular space on two levels. Fitted with a state-of-the-art floating hanging system, flagstone floors and textured stone walls; the O3 Gallery combines contemporary art with the unique heritage of Oxford Prison to provide a stylish backdrop to any occasion.

The O3 Gallery offers a distinctive space for entertaining friends and family, clients, or business associates and can act as an alternative and inspirational venue for corporate bookings. We are happy to discuss your individual needs to build a specially tailored service to ensure your event is a great success.

"The O3 Gallery provided the perfect venue for our party, the background of contemporary art was an excellent backdrop. The gallery staff couldn't have been more helpful."- Robert Pinheiro, Marketing Manager, Critchley's Accountants.

O3 Gallery Venue Hire
O3 Gallery Venue Hire
O3 Gallery Venue Hire
O3 Gallery Venue Hire

How many people can the venue host?
The capacity of the O3 Gallery is 60 people standing, making it ideal for drinks receptions, modest gatherings and private exhibition viewings.

Can you provide catering?
The cost of hire is for ‘Venue only’. We regret that we cannot provide catering, crockery or furniture but can recommend and put you in touch with our suggested venue hire partners at your request. You are also welcome to source your own catering. There are no kitchen facilities or running water at the gallery so any food or drink brought in must be pre-prepared.

When is the venue available to hire?
The O3 Gallery is available to hire during exhibitions only, between the hours of 9am and 10pm. We have this curfew due to hotel rooms above the gallery. Please email us to check availability for your event.

Will there be staff on site to assist at my event?
The cost of hire includes a member of gallery staff to monitor your event.

Can I hire the space to put on my own art exhibition?
Unfortunately we cannot include the gallery wall space in our venue hire offering.

Can we hire AV equipment for our event?
We have a basic projector, Wi-Fi access and sound system which can be made available for your event. We do not offer technical support, laptops, microphones or any other additional equipment.

Is there parking at the gallery?
We regret that here is no public parking on site, but as we’re based in central Oxford we’re not far from the train station and various bus links from around the city. For more information on our location, click here.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
Due to the nature of our listed building, only the lower half of the gallery is wheelchair accessible via ramp access located at the rear entrance of the gallery.

Additional Event Ideas
For an additional fee, we are excited to be able to offer ‘Historic’ or ‘Spooky’ guided tours in and around the gallery in association with our neighbours Oxford Castle Unlocked.

Ever thought about trying your hand with a pencil? We can arrange life drawing workshops (with a live model) or still life drawing at the gallery with professional artist Josephine Lyons.

Want to be pampered? A nail consultant from Signature Nails can offer nail art workshops or manicures within the space.

For more information about hiring the O3 Gallery for an event; including availability, terms and conditions and quotes, please get in touch via email on or call 01865 246131.

O3 Gallery Venue Hire
O3 Gallery Venue Hire
O3 Gallery Venue Hire
O3 Gallery Venue Hire

O3 Gallery Oxford Castle Oxford OX1 1AY
01865 246131
Open: Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm, Closed Mondays.
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