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Covid-secure studio procedure

The Gallery Studio’s core purpose is to nurture your creativity. 
Ensuring you feel safe in a low-risk environment is fundamental to this.

Our promise 

Creative Art Courses has carried out a detailed risk assessment to ensure a low-risk studio environment to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

All studio-procedures currently in place meet or exceed the minimum criteria laid out by the government. This is regularly reviewed and updated as required.  Please read carefully to familiarise yourself with the expectations before you arrive at Hope Mill. 

With consideration and kindness, we ask everyone to please follow our Covid-secure protocols outlined below;

At home

A week before;

  • Please refrain from attending the course;
    •  If you are required to self-isolate, or
    • If you are waiting for a Covid test result that won’t be received before the course starts.
  • Contact me as soon as possible to ask for a free transfer to the next available course.

On the day;

Please check you are not experiencing any of the following symptoms;

  1. If you’ve received 2 x vaccinations
    • Headache:
      Moderate to severe ‘stabbing’ sensation across both sides of the head
    • Runny nose:
      If experienced in combination with the other listed symptoms
    • Sneezing:
      You start sneezing a lot
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of smell or taste:
      Loss or changes to your sense of smell or taste
  1. If you’ve received 1 x vaccination
    • Headache:
      Moderate to severe ‘stabbing’ sensation across both sides of the head
    • Runny nose:
      If experienced in combination with the other listed symptoms
    • Sore throat
    • Sneezing:
      You start sneezing a lot
    • Persistent cough:
      Persistent coughing, many times, or for half a day or more
  2. If you’re unvaccinated
    • Headache:
      Moderate to severe ‘stabbing’ sensation across both sides of the head
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose:
      If experienced in combination with the other listed symptoms
    • Fever:
      1. Under 65: a temperature of over 37.80C
      2. Over 65: a temperature over 37.40C
    • Persistent cough:
      Persistent coughing, many times, or for half a day or more

Information about Covid symptoms is from the Covid symptom study. Details here>

If you are experiencing any of the above, please do the right thing and refrain from attending the course.

  • Contact me to ask for a free transfer to the next available course.


Leave home a bit earlier

  • Please arrive at the studio a bit earlier to give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
    • Weekend: within 30 minutes of the course start time
    • Evenings: within 15 minutes of the course start time
  • We ask everyone to arrive with an extra dose of love, care and consideration for others to ensure the studio continues to be an oasis of creativity, joy and harmony as we continue to do our bit to ensure a safe low risk environment for everyone.
Covid Mitigations

In my studio + 5th Floor

  • Social Distancing 1.5m
    • Student numbers/enrolments are reduced so we can all adhere to 1.5m social distancing as much as possible.
  • Face Coverings
    • Students are expected to wear a face covering or visor, unless they have medical exemption.
      • Face coverings should be worn while;
        • talking/socialising
        • during group critiques
        • during social times (when not eating)
        • moving around the studio, and shared spaces on the 5th floor
      • Face coverings need not be worn;
        • while quietly drawing at the easel or table.
          • this will greatly reduce the amount of mask-wearing time.
    • Please do not be offended when asked for a reason, if you are not wearing a face covering.
  • Hand sanitising
    • Each time you re-enter the studio: everyone should ensure their hands are freshly washed (or use hand sanitiser).
      • Soap and hand sanitiser is widely available to allow regular hand washing.
    •  Shared items: Use hand sanitiser before + after using items such as hairdryers, hot water urn, tea and coffee utensils, etc, or put in the quarantine box after use.
    • Studio equipment will be sanitised at the end of each course or session.
    • Surfaces within high traffic areas such as door handles and counter tops will be cleaned at the end of each day or session.
    • Life drawing – special procedures
      • Movement around the studio will only be allowed during the model’s rest breaks. 
      • Artists must remain at their drawing positions while the model is modelling.
      • Remember: washing hands with soap is more effective than hand sanitiser
      • Please wash your hands more frequently than is usual.
  • Ventilation
    • Windows will be kept open as much as possible to allow effective ventilation in the studio.
    • Please bring additional warm clothing to wear.
    • We do have heating throughout the mill and top-up heaters within the studio.
When you arrive


Hope Mill and AWOL studios are shared spaces outside my control so personal choices need to be made.

  • Access to the building:
    • Either press #516 followed by the bell button at the bottom of the video-intercom panel, or telephone your tutor (their tel. number is in the email you will receive before your course).
    • They will open the front security door for you.
  • Lift:
    • If you wish to retain social distancing please ask others to respect your wishes so you can use the lift on your own or with those within your family or bubble.
    • Please be patient due to the longer wait time.
    • No more than 3 people to use the lift at any one time (long-standing lift safety procedure)
    • Please ensure you firmly close both lift doors after using the lift.
  • Stairs:
    • The spiral stairs can be used as an alternative to the lift. There are ample passing places on each floor landing.
    • Please check the stairwell is clear before moving up/down between floor landings.

Arriving ON THE 5TH FLOOR 

Refer to the red numbered boxes in the diagram

  1. Wash Hands:
    • Immediately go to the toilet area, at the far end of the corridor, to wash your hands (or use hand sanitiser).
    • You can leave your coats, bags and art equipment in the Welcome Area using the coat hooks provided.
  1. Refresh your Covid-secure awareness
    • Return to the Welcome Area and read the Covid-secure information on display.
  2. Entering the Studio
    • Bring with you any equipment and personal items needed for the course.
  3. Find your own Creative space
    • Red floor markings indicate 1.5m distances to make it easier to maintain social distancing.
    • Drawing easels and tables are arranged to enable students to maintain 1.5m social distance.
      • Please respect students who wish to maintain social distancing by not encroaching on their creative spaces for the duration of the course, even if they are not present.
      • Please check to ensure your path is clear before moving around the studio and 5th floor– especially around bottleneck areas such as stairwell, entrances/exits, etc.

Diagram of the 5th floor Gallery Studio

Returning home

Returning home

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above within 5 days after attending your course please get a test >>


Please notify me should you get a test and receive a positive result. 
Equally, if I experience any symptoms, I will notify you if I receive a positive test result.

With thanks

Special thanks 

  • These are challenging times for everyone, but especially those who are on the frontline. We offer our deepest thanks to all NHS staff and key workers, who through their dedication allow us to continue doing what we love to do in relative safety.

Your views

  • We have put a lot of time and thought into the new measures we have adopted and continue to re-think the way we teach and use the studio and facilities at Hope Mill as we navigate these new ways of living and working together.
  • Please feel free to offer suggestions and observations if you have any concerns or suggestions that will help us continue to reduce the levels of risk within the Gallery Studio and around Hope Mill.



We are extremely happy to be teaching and have our students learning with us. 
Thank you for your continued support.