Coronavirus Statement

BOOK RISK FREE: If you need to cancel your place on any of our courses due to coronavirus you can transfer the full value to join us on another course within 2 years.

KEEPING SAFE: We have decided to take a careful and considered approach to reopening the School. We will run our first course on 24 August, with measures in place to make this as safe as possible for students, staff and tutors.

Up to the end of September we will run only one course a week with limited numbers so there will be plenty of work space area for each student. For the rest of the year we have reduced the number of students on a course in both our studios. We are removing furniture and equipment in the studios to make them more spacious. There will be a very thorough cleaning regime every day and between new groups arriving.

We will require students and staff to wear a plastic visor while in the studios which we will provide or you are welcome to bring your own. When you first arrive in the morning we will ask you to wear a fabric face covering until you are in the studio and have fitted your visor. If you have a medical reason for not being able to wear a face covering please get in touch with us before you arrive. We have cancelled all short workshop activity including life drawing for the foreseeable future and instead we are exploring delivering alternatives with a brand new online programme.

We are committed to being responsive and vigilant. We will continue to regularly monitor advice from Public Health England and the UK government and take the necessary action to help us all stay safe.

Thank you for all your support over the last few months. We have had so many kind messages and many of you have helped us with donations or through rescheduling your courses with us where you can. We are looking forward to welcoming you back. We have missed you all and the studios are missing the buzz of your creative energy.

And if you can’t make it down to us in St Ives I hope you can join us through our brand new online programme. This includes live webinars, short and longer courses delivered by our amazing team of tutors straight to your home wherever you might be in the world.

Alison Sharkey