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Frequently Asked Questions & Need to Know

Last Updated: 23 July 2020

Due to the continuing local lockdown across Leicester, Oadby and Wigston, our activity remains cancelled until these restrictions are lifted. We hope to hear some good news at the next Government announcement on 30 July.
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.

The following members of staff will be on furlough leave from 1 July:
Kate Da’Casto, Katy Goodrich, Kezia Kneller, Nichola Hingley, Thomasina Phillips and Serena Smith

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

In the meantime, the following staff are currently working:
Katharine Brown (working until 23 July)
Yasmin Canvin
Sarah Kirby.

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?
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 when Leicester’s extended lockdown lifts. 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 will implement a new online booking system for members as soon as we have a date to reopen. We will contact all Members via a newsletter with a link to the online system. 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 before July…
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, ensuring we are in a good position to reopen as soon as it becomes possible
• 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?
Our building and shop remain closed and unstaffed. When staff are able to return to the Studio we will be offer a collection service for printmaking supplies, please watch this space for more information.

INFORMATION FOR COURSE PARTICIPANTS

I am booked onto a course between now – 30 July 2020…
All courses during this time have now been postponed due to the extended lockdown. 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 1 August 2020…
We hope that we will be able to run our scheduled courses from August onwards, with social distancing procedures and extra cleaning and safety measures in place. However, this is dependent on the situation here in Leicester and Government updates. We will 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 TUTORS

I am a Tutor delivering a course between now and 30 July 2020…
You should have received an email from Yasmin Canvin regarding the postponement / cancellation of your course. We will be in touch again once we have further clarification from the government regarding when the current restrictions might be lifted. We are keen to support freelance artists and our funders are supportive of this, so we will endeavour to postpone courses rather than cancel them wherever possible.

I am a Tutor delivering a course that starts on or after 1 August 2020…
If the extension to the lockdown across Leicester is successful and the current restrictions are lifted, we plan to re-open for scheduled courses in August. We will be monitoring the situation week by week and we will keep you posted. In the meantime do email our Director Yasmin if you have any queries or concerns.

INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS

I submitted work for Small Print International 6
The judging has been postponed and we now hope that selection will now take place in August / early September. We are therefore inviting artists who were unable to post their submissions before Lockdown, to send us your work to arrive at LPW between 7th – 31st July. Leicester based artists are welcome to deliver their work to us once the extended Lockdown restrictions have been lifted.
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.

Any artists who missed the opportunity in March and would be interested in having a stall at Leicester Print Fair are now invited to apply by 10 August. Please read the Stallholder Information and download the application form.

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.
Please email or send your application form to Kezia Kneller.
Please note the new deadline for applications: Monday 10th August, at midnight.

GENERAL INFORMATION

I would like to discuss workshops with my school when LPW reopens…
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 and she will be in touch as soon as the staff return to work.

I would like to arrange some bespoke learning for myself, my family or a group of friends or colleagues, a group or a business when LPW reopens…
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 and she will be in touch as soon as the staff return to work.

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, or longer if the lockdown continues past 30 July. 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…
While our office is closed 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 and she will be in touch as soon as the staff return to work. Please contact the Director, Yasmin Canvin on y.canvin@leicesterprintworkshop.com with any urgent enquiries. Please also continue to use our postal address. Staff will be responding to post once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

Thank you very much for your patience and support at this difficult time and we wish you all the best over the forthcoming weeks.

LPW Staff and Trustees