As you can imagine, we have had to dramatically adjust our ways of working since March. All workshops have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable, our open-access studio has been closed since March, and we recently found out that our application for emergency funding from Arts Council England was unsuccessful – we’re still actively looking into other sources of emergency funding.
Luckily for us, we have been able to walk or cycle to the studio regularly to process orders from our online shop (following the events in the US, we will be donating 10% of all proceeds from our online shop until Friday 12 June towards organisations fighting racism and inequality in both the US and the UK – it’s not much but it’s the best we can do under the circumstances). We have also managed to run a few online workshops and studio tours, and this may be something we do more of in the future.
As of today we do not have a date set for when we might resume public workshops, but we plan on reopening our open-access studio in the coming weeks to existing members – the exact date has not been set and will depend on risk assessments and guidelines from our local authority.
We’re in regular contact with our studio members who have been a constant source of inspiration. The Centre was built on the idea that necessity is the mother of invention, and we have no doubt that we will get through this alongside the most wonderful community that we are lucky to be part of.
Simon & Ira