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In 2024 it’s been 10 years since Justice in Motion first started making ground breaking performances about social justice. From 20th February to 30th March we celebrated our achievements with an exciting, interactive exhibition at the place where it all started – The Old Fire Station in Oxford.

10 Years in Motion featured the ten productions created so far, using props, costumes, sections of theatre set, photographs, videos, music, soundscapes, activities and events to bring our history to life.

The shows we have made involved physical and immersive theatre, aerial acrobatics, parkour, dance, storytelling, music, soundscapes, video and film, and most recently trials bikes and live rap. Each created a finely etched memory in the minds of our audiences and this exhibition would do the same. Viewers were invited to explore the space, the objects and environments with all of their senses.

★★★★★ ‘Like nothing I’ve ever seen.’ – Quaere Living

★★★★ Despair and compassion with moving brilliance.’ – Oxford Times

Alongside the exhibition was a programme of events and activities that share the stories we are passionate about, often featuring creative friends and partners from past productions.

Everyone was invited to come join in the fun and celebrate with us!

Exhibition Dates

20 February – 30 March 2024 
Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10am – 4pm

Gallery Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ

Programme of Events

Tuesday 20 February
Launch / Private Viewing


Saturday 24 February
Uusikuu Concert / Vintage Sounds of Finland

Uusikuu (New Moon) bow admiringly to the traditional Nordic dance music of the 1930s to 1960s. The band calls their style “Vintage Sounds of Finland”. The small orchestra tours Europe, and together they show that Finns not only invented tango, but also master the wild Humpaa, that they love the dreamy waltzes as much as the sophisticated swing. World music elements, jazz influences and Laura Ryhӓnen’s sometimes cheeky, sometimes ironic stories make the evening a roller coaster ride of emotions.

‘Wonderful and mysterious. Like a soundtrack to an Aki Kaurismäki film.’ (Folker)

‘Finnisch tango fire with passion and humour.’ (General-Anzeiger Bonn)

The passionate world of old Finnish dance music.’ (BBC Radio)

‘Like a live gramophone on a glorious midsummer eve.’ (WDR Radio)

Uusikuu and Justice in Motion collaborated in 2017, inspired by the centenary of Finland’s independence, to create “KAIHO // the state in between”. Contemporary music and live vintage tango music combined beautifully to explore boundaries and tell poignant stories about moving across borders. The original line-up that appeared in KAIHO will be performing.

Laura Ryhänen, vocals

Mikko Kuisma, violin & vocals

Norbert Bremes, accordion

Jari Matti Riiheläinen, bass

Uusikuu won the German Rock & Pop Award 2023: Best World Music Album for ‘Karuselli’


Tuesday 27 February
Free Book Presentation with SKY News reporter Jason Farrell  on his book ‘County Lines’

Jason Farrell, Home Editor at SKY News, is the man with the inside story. In this fearless, hard-hitting account, Farrell shares in terrifying detail the story of the county lines phenomenon through the words of gang members and their victims themselves as well as the police and the country’s leading experts.

Through exclusive interviews and meticulous research, Farrell paints a vivid picture of how this murky world operates he reveals the devastating effects County Lines is having upon the UK… and beyond… and, most terrifying of all, why this new, sinister crime wave means nobody is safe.

‘This is a really riveting and important read. An ongoing betrayal of vulnerable young people comparable in scale and scope to the ‘grooming gangs’ scandals. All expertly described by Jason Farrell.’ – James O’Brien

This book and Jason’s journalistic research has informed the making of Justice in Motion’s latest production CODE.

After reading extracts from his book, Jason took part in a Q&A, facilitated by Artistic Director Anja Meinhardt.


Saturday 2 March
Free Rap Workshops with rapper Marcus ‘Matic Mouth’ Smith and Quentin Lachapele

Marcus ‘Matic-Mouth’ Smith and Quentin Lachapele teamed up to work on CODE, Justice in Motion’s most recent show, featuring live rapping. These sessions gave an opportunity for young people and adults to explore lyric writing and rap performance with our talented team members.


Tuesday 5 March
Pub Quiz – with film screening of POVERTY ON THE TABLE and OPHI, OXFAM, and CAP – Focus: Poverty.

Justice in Motion first performed POVERTY ON THE TABLE in 2015, commissioned by OPHI. The piece is presented in the format of a Pub Quiz, so the evening became an immersive experience of the world of POVERTY ON THE TABLE.

Today there are 1.1 billion living in poverty around the world. But how much do you know about the global poverty index or multidimensional poverty?

Leading Oxford based charities, OPHI (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative), OXFAM, and CAP (Christians Against Poverty) get you up to speed with their work in tackling poverty locally and worldwide, while our quizmaster (and original performer in POVERTY ON THE TABLE, Alexander Luttley posed the questions in an entertaining quiz. With prizes to be won!

The evening included a screening of POVERTY ON THE TABLE.


Saturday 9 March
Deca’thon JIM Fundraiser – Dancin’ Oxford host 10 hours of dance workshops  including contemporary, breakdance, Bollywood, bachata, kizomba, DJ, etc.

Justice in Motion has a history of dance practice and performance as well as regular classes held around the city.
With Dancin’ Oxford we presented a series of dance workshops over 10 hours in a multitude of styles to try, from salsa and street dance to bollywood and contemporary. The last session of the day was an opportunity to let yourself go in a freestyle DJ set combining all the dance moves of the day. 

The Deca’thon was a fundraiser for Justice in Motion with voluntary donations to attend each session.

As we like to say ‘We move, to move you… so let’s get moving!’


Wednesday 13 March
Free Anti-Slavery Panel Discussion with, ,  and

Modern day slavery is an issue that Justice in Motion has tackled in shows like BOUND, ON EDGE and CODE. Working with leading charities for the background research we learned a lot about the impact modern slavery has on individuals, communities, industry and economics. This evening was an opportunity for the public to find out about how modern slavery affects the UK today.

Panel members:

The Salvation Army
Matt ‘Blessed’ Stevens (rapper and former county lines gang leader)

and others

Facilitated by Artistic Director Anja Meinhardt

Come and join the discussion to find out more about modern slavery and how it affects the UK today.


Wednesday 20th March
Free MOVING TOGETHER Video Screening and Talking Space

Many people struggle with loneliness. Since the COVID pandemic outbreak in 2020, the mental health crisis appears to be growing.

Mental health charities The Archway Foundation, Beyond Loneliness, and the Tora Collective welcomed visitors into a comfortable space to meet, share and reach out. 

Films from the MOVING TOGETHER project, that explored loneliness and its opposite through dance, music and soundscapes were shown on a big screen.


Tuesday 26 March
Free Portrait Sessions

A mini photo studio was set-up in the gallery for the day with photographer Vadym Gurewych, taking portraits of visitors for free.

Vadym Gurewych was part of the RESISdANCE project in 2023 that marked the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine. It featured women refugees from that war who had arrived in Oxford and took part in a Flashmob dance performance at Oxford railway station. Vadym’s perceptive and moving photographs of the women appeared in an exhibition mounted at OVADA in the same year.


Saturday 30 March, 10am-4pm (Gallery)
Free Detective Trail for Families

A final opportunity to explore the 10 Years in Motion exhibition was one for families so we made it even more interactive! With a sheet of clues, it was time to tune in your imagination and explore the gallery for surprising sounds, images, facts and… prizes.

Prizes were donated by Tony’s Chocolonely who produce 100% slave free chocolate by sourcing ingredients ethically. Delicious AND doing good!

Meet the Artistic Director

Artistic Director and founder of Justice in Motion, Anja Meinhardt, attended the exhibition space every week on Friday from 1-3pm to give an exclusive tour behind the scenes, and into the creative process of all works, talk to members of the public and answer any questions.

We’d like to thank lots of people for  generous support in creating this exhibition.

Jericho Tavern (for the pub table and chairs)
Film Oxford (for the TV)
Damascus Rose Kitchen (for catering at the private view)
Seacourt (for the printing of signs, labels and items in the exhibition)
Oxford Wood Recycling (for the graffiti wood panels)


Vadym Gurevych (Portraits)

Marcus Smith & Quentin Lachapele (Rap Workshops)

Alexander Luttley, OPHI, Oxfam & CAP (Pub Quiz)

kELzO (Graffiti in exhibition)

Jason Farrell (‘County Lines” Book Presentation)

Uusikuu (World Music Concert)

Matt Blessed, Cllr Mark Lygo, Unseen, The Salvation Army & ASIOX (Anti-slavery Panel Discussion)

Tora Collective, Beyond Loneliness, Archway Foundation (Loneliness Talking Space and Moving Together Film Screening)

Dancin’ Oxford (Deca’thon)

Tony’s Chocolonely (Dectective Trail)

And of course the Old Fire Station for welcoming us for all our anniversary celebrations!




“Congratulations on reaching this milestone, and on having such an impressive body of work to show for it. I wish you all the luck in the world in your plans to build and develop on this and really look forward to seeing Justice in Motion thriving in England, Europe and beyond!”

Jon Linstrum – Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England

“Remarkable achievement”

“Very Many congratulations to everyone at Justice in Motion. It’s a remarkable achievement what you’ve been able to do in ten years. I’m only too proud to have played a small part in that. Very dear to my heart is Justice in Motion”

Chris Blythe – Former CEO of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

“feel empowered to do something”

“Brilliant – feel empowered to do something. Spread the word.”

Audience member at the Anti-Slavery Discussion Panel (10 Years in Motion)

“Great choreography and enjoyable”

“All classes were just so well planned, great choreography and enjoyable”

Deca-thon attender (10 Years in Motion)

“Important, thought-provoking”

“The Documentary and 40 film gifts were so stunning. Important, thought-provoking and should go on the road as a tour”

Viewer at the MOVING TOGETHER screening (10 Years in Motion)

“A serious subject made more accessible”

“Thank you for a great evening. Really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Superb quiz – we had a lot of fun! A serious subject made more accessible.”

Pub Quiz participant (10 Years in Motion)

“A really safe place to be creative”

“Thank you so much. I was scared about doing this but it felt like a really safe place to be creative in. Wonderful!”

Rap Workshop participant (10 Years in Motion)

“Inspirational and engaging”

“A truly inspirational and engaging exhibition. Learnt a lot about the work of JIM and the collaboration with others to raise awareness of social justice issues. Well done. A great achievement.”

Exhibition viewer (10 Years in Motion)

For the Exhibition

We’d like to thank the many organisations and individuals who have come with us and supported us on our journey so far.

To find out about some of those, click on the links to our shows below or in the main menu at the top of the page.