Art Space
& Covid-19

We will be re-opening to the public in a limited capacity from September 2020. 

For more information about what to expect on your visit this autumn, please see the section below: How We Are Staying Safe

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, here at Phoenix we have been busy behind the scenes on all manner of things. Here is an update on how things are progressing.

As a hub for artists and communities to connect together, we have been working consistently, creatively and in collaboration with our colleagues across the industry to establish networks, build relationships and ensure that the arts continue to be seen as a valuable contributor to society. Our community engagement programme has remained active throughout lockdown and we will continue to work closely with local residents to reshape our community projects in response to their current needs.

As a provider of studio space to over 120 local artists, makers and doers an essential part of our work has been to ensure that the studios remain open safe and accessible to our artists. To do this we have carried out COVID-19 risk assessments for the entire building, implemented cleaning, handwashing and other hygiene procedures, assisted staff in working from home or at a social distance in the office, and put the necessary protocols in place that enables navigating the studio areas safely.

Now that we are emerging from lockdown, we are keen to welcome our audiences back into the building by getting our public programmes back up and running. To ensure everyone’s safety and peace of mind this will be done in a controlled and steady manner. 

This process will start from September where activity will return to our ground floor at a reduced capacity to ensure that we can maintain a safe social distancing environment. We will continue to follow government guidelines in this process, remaining adaptable as things change.


From September we will reopen our doors to students and begin a socially distanced version of our course programme. Our top priority will be to keep everyone safe and we will continue to follow the government guidelines.

To find out more about what to expect please see the How We Are Staying Safe section below. A more detailed list of COVID 19 safety measures and guidelines for students will be circulated to all ticket holders nearer the start of the autumn term.


Cafe The Café remains closed at present. We are hoping to reopen our café on a takeaway basis in the autumn. The exact details for this are still being finalised, so please check back here for further updates.

Regular Groups and Venue Hire

We are working closely with our regular building users to enable them to return as soon as possible. Some groups will be restarting from September 2020 in a reduced capacity.

We will not be taking new venue hire bookings until January 2021. If your booking was postponed in March at the start of the crisis, please contact gabby@phoenix-old.local to discuss what your options are for re-scheduling. All bookings are subject to a risk assessment before they can be confirmed.


The Main Gallery will open once again in a limited capacity from the 3rd of October 2020, with the Photo Fringe. You will need to book in advance to view the exhibition. Further details on this will be released soon.

Support Phoenix along the road to a new normal

Our business model is a mix of public funding, fundraising and commercial income. Therefore we do not make any profit and any income realised from our activities gets re-invested into programmes for the benefit of our audiences.

If you have ever engaged with Phoenix Art Space, brought your friends to a recent exhibition, participated in a course taught by one of studio artists, attended our family workshops with your children, been inspired our regular artist talks, or relaxed in our Cafe, we ask you to continue supporting our organisation in order to safeguard its future as we emerge from this crisis.

You can do this by:

Making a donation

Becoming a Friend

We remain committed to our role within the local arts community, and we will continue to connect with you through social media, emails and through our website. Thank you for your ongoing support, and keep yourself safe in these trying times.

How We Are Staying Safe

What we have done

  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout the building in key locations.
  • All shared spaces, equipment and public toilets will be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Toilets will be open to those using the workshop rooms and gallery visitors only and will operate on a one in/one-out basis.
  • Front of house staff will be provided with appropriate PPE.
  • We will keep rooms well ventilated
  • Only one class will take place at a time in the building, class sizes are reduced or students will be spread out across two adjoining rooms so that social distancing guidelines can be adhered to.
  • Class start and end times are spaced out so that students can enter/exit the building without coming into contact with others.
  • Student contact details will be collected via our booking system so that we can engage with the NHS test and trace service if necessary.

When you are in the building please keep to the following guidelines:

  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with cold or flu symptoms please do not enter the building.
  • Respect social distancing according to government advice.
  • The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach will be promoted throughout the building.
  • Please sanitise your hands on arrival, before and after using the toilets and frequently throughout your visit.
  • Respect our staff who are here to keep you safe.
  • We ask that everyone who is able to, to wear face masks in the foyer, café and walkways of the ground floor. These areas are used by everyone and social distancing can be more difficult in these spaces.

Contact Us


10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton, BN2 9NB
East Sussex, UK

+44 (0)1273 603700

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