CAS have established a response and planning team consisting of the members of staff below. The team will skype once a week to review advice in response to coronavirus and to review contingency and scenario planning relating to the potential impact of coronavirus on our operations. The team will also skype immediately in the event of any changes to national policy.
Response Planning Team
1. Susan Francis (Responsible for Operations, Visitors and Events)
2. Maija Liepins (Responsible for Artists, Participants and Volunteers)
3. David Dixon (Responsible for Facilities, Health and Safety, Financial Planning)
All staff are being encouraged to work from home and not visit CAS unless absolutely necessary. We wholeheartedly request that staff and resident artists follow current Government advice when on-site as well as our own published guidelines.
The safety and health of our artists, visitors and staff are our priority and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure their continued wellbeing. Chapel Arts Studios is following the guidelines issued by both the NHS and Public Health England, as well as the World Health Organisation.
General Information for CAS Staff and Artists:
Please notify the CAS Management Team if you suspect you have Covid19
CAS encourages all staff to work from home to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Anyone with a dry continuous cough or a fever needs to remain at home in line with official guidance.
Q&A World Health Organisation:
Health and Safety Notices
Decisions and Announcements
15 March 2020
1. CAS have replaced tea towels and hand towels with paper towel and disposable wipes
2. CAS is fully stocked with appropriate quantities of cleaning supplies and guidance posted for all to refer to.
3. To protect our artists, staff, and visitors we are reviewing our delivery plans and avoiding gatherings that pose a potential and unquantifiable risk to our artistic community.
16 March 2020
As of 5pm Monday 16 March the chapel is closed and cannot be used as a community gathering space. It will however remain the workspace of one CAS:AIR Resident Artist John McDonald and his P.A. Kathy Smith.
We have decided to reschedule the Themes of Life project timeline to accommodate a postponed exhibition. Detailed discussions with John will begin this week.
At present, no exhibitions have been cancelled or rescheduled. They are, however unlikely to happen on the planned dates, in which case postponement will be confirmed 4 weeks in advance (minimum).
The following steps are being taken to enable work and artistic development to continue:
CAS continues to support home working and aims to continue improving remote working methods and resources for staff and project members.
Themes of Life;
A 3 day project transition package is being put in place in cooperation with artist John McDonald to ensure artistic activity and community engagement is sustained despite CAS closing.
CAS Research and Drawing Group;
We are in discussion about continuing the group online, and are recommending a virtual meet-up in April to test the concept.
CAS In Conversation goes digital;
A refocused digital programme will help us pilot ways of staying connected and creating together in unpredictable times. Starting with CAS In Conversation (artist talks and discussions live from our homes to yours).