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Frequently Asked Questions & Need to Know

Last Updated:13 August 2020

We have reopened!

The Studio reopened on Saturday 8 August with our rescheduled Print like Warhol: Experimental Photo Screenprinting course. Following this, the Studio reopened to LPW Members on Tuesday 11 August with new hygiene, safety and social distancing measures in place, plus a new online booking system.

Because LPW is a Charity that earns a significant amount of our income through the provision of printmaking activity, we are continuing to make use of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and as a result different staff will continue to be furloughed during the coming weeks and months.

We look forward to the time when we are able to work together as a team again.

ONLINE ACTIVITIES

Are you running any activities online?
We are very grateful to Arts Council England for awarding LPW an emergency grant to continue past September and funding to enable us to produce a new online programme, which will be curated in 3 strands according to our real world offer:
1. Members – online content to follow
2. Courses – please see the attached opportunity for an artist to deliver our first year long online course from October. Other courses are being developed, do sign up for The Scoop to receive information as it is released and to register.
3. Free Activity – please follow these links to our In Conversation event with Barrie Tullett and our new Kamihanga For Kids video as part of #lpwathome

INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS

I am an LPW Member, when can I have access to the Studio?
We are delighted to report that the Studio reopened to members on Tuesday 11 August, with new hygiene, safety and social distancing measures in place, plus a new online booking system. In line with the Government’s advice, we have now implemented our Covid-19 Risk Assessment to adapt our building and make our Studio safe and ready to re-open. We have; increased hygiene, installed sanitising stations, zoned work stations, controlled the flow and reduced the numbers who can access the building to ensure social distancing. In addition to this, we have implemented a new online booking system for members. We have contacted all Members via a newsletter with a link to the online system. Please get in touch if you have not received your newsletter. You might want to follow our Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as we will post news updates via these channels, as well as updating this document on our website.

I am an LPW Member and my membership will expire in August…
We understand this is a very challenging time, but your continued support would be greatly appreciated. We are so grateful to all of our Members who have continued to support the Workshop through their renewals. Please bear in mind that we are a Charity (no. 1025337) and whilst grants cover 36% of our core running costs, the majority of our expenses are covered through earned income and donations. Regarding Membership renewals, you can either:
• Renew your Membership as normal and support LPW, you can book to use the studio from 11 August
• Put your membership renewal on hold for now, and if you pay within one month of the Studio reopening you can remain at your current annual fee of £55/£45 (as appropriate)
• Lapse your membership and re-join at a later date. However you would then need to pay the current new Member annual fee of £65.

Can I still purchase printmaking supplies?
The Studio is now open to members, and we will soon be offering a collection service for printmaking supplies. Please watch this space for more information.

INFORMATION FOR COURSE PARTICIPANTS

I was booked onto a course between March – 1 August 2020…
All courses during this time were postponed. We have contacted all participants and will continue to keep in touch with updates.
Course participants have the options to:
• Attend the postponed course (dates will be provided once we have further information from the government)
• Rebook onto a different course in the future
• Donate all or part of the workshop cost to LPW
• Request a refund
Please Note: requests can only be made after the postponed date has been announced.
Please bear in mind that we are a Charity (no. 1025337) and whilst grants cover 36% of our core running costs, the majority of our expenses are covered through earned income and donations. We apologise for any delay and really appreciate your support at this time.

I have booked onto a course that starts on or after 8 August 2020…
Good news! We are running all rescheduled courses from 8 August onwards, with social distancing procedures and extra cleaning and safety measures in place. We have contacted all participants and will continue to keep all course participants posted via email and website updates.

I would like to book onto a course that has been advertised…
We have made the studio safe so that we can run a limited number of postponed courses during August with new safety, social distancing and hygiene measures in place and reduced group sizes. You can book and pay online via our Shopify store. We are currently aiming to launch a new programme of courses from October 2020 – January 2021 in early Autumn.

INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS

I submitted work for Small Print International 6
The judging has been postponed and will now take place in September. We are therefore inviting artists who were unable to post their submissions before Lockdown, to send us your work to arrive at LPW by 1 September 2020. Please sign up to our e-newsletter, The Scoop or connect via our social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to receive updates.

I applied for a stall at the Leicester Print Fair…
Thank you to everyone who has applied to take part in our second Leicester Print Fair. The event has been postponed until November and is now scheduled to take place as part of our fifth anniversary celebrations of the opening of our new studio.

We will of course be monitoring the situation, including any public health guidance issued in the months leading up to the event, and keep you posted if anything changes. This includes issuing full refunds to stallholders if we need to cancel the event.

GENERAL INFORMATION

I would like to discuss workshops with my school …
If you would like to arrange or discuss a future workshop for your school / university / college please email Kate Da’Casto on k.dacasto@leicesterprintworkshop.com

I would like to arrange some bespoke learning for myself, my family or a group of friends or colleagues, a group or a business…
If you would like to arrange or discuss a future bespoke workshop / party / team building activity please email Kate Da’Casto on k.dacasto@leicesterprintworkshop.com

I would like to make a donation to support Leicester Print Workshop…
We are a Charity (no 1025337) and we rely on donations, even more so in these unprecedented times. If you want to support LPW you can make a one off donation or sign up to send us regular donations via Donate. Your donation will really help LPW, by providing security and certainty and enable us to keep the Studio open in the long term. Every penny we receive is spent carefully, ensuring we continue to make printmaking as accessible and affordable as possible for everyone, from new learners to experienced artists.

Will LPW vouchers be extended?
We want everyone who has been given an LPW voucher to be able to enjoy their experience, so we are extending all Voucher expiry dates by 4 months. Please do bear in mind that if you are using the Voucher to purchase a place on a course, the course does not have to be taken within the expiry date, just booked.

I am a supplier and am awaiting payment for good/services…
Please email invoices to y.canvin@leicesterprintworkshop.com, with a clear explanation of what the invoice is for.

I have a general enquiry…
Please send any general enquires to Katharine Brown: info@leicesterprintworkshop.com Please contact the Director, Yasmin Canvin on y.canvin@leicesterprintworkshop.com with any urgent enquiries. Please also continue to use our postal address.

Thank you very much for your continued patience and much appreciated support.

LPW Staff and Trustees