A Letter from Sarah Davies
It is with great sadness that we have made the difficult decision to close our public spaces in response to the coronavirus situation. The safety of our visitors, artists and staff is of the utmost importance to us. Due to the uncertain nature of these events, we do not know when activities will resume, but we will follow the official guidelines regarding social distancing, and this will form the basis of any decisions we make.
Phoenix has been providing affordable studio space to over 120 local artists, makers and doers since the 1990s. Over the last 30 years we have developed our audiences and now provide a valuable hub for communities to connect together via our exhibitions, events programme, arts courses and our cafe.
Now we need your help. 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.
You can do this by:
Donate by not asking for a refund
We remain committed to our role within the local arts community, and we will explore ways to connect with you over the coming weeks. We will keep in touch through social media, emails and through our website. Thank you for your ongoing support, and keep yourself safe in these trying times.
Phoenix Art Space
Things you need to know
Sadly our galleries will be closed until the end of May. However, we are hoping to re-open with a great programme of exhibitions in June. We are also looking into virtual ways to engage with our current show Work in Progress: Towards Inclusion.
Our arts course programme is vital to our sustainability, as all courses provide an income to artists and at the same time give the public opportunities to engage with the practical aspects of making. We are still selling places on our summer arts courses, however due to the uncertain nature of these events, we cannot guarantee that all courses will go ahead and dates are subject to change. We will endeavour to reschedule these courses rather than cancel and will be in touch with ticket holders as the situation progresses. We will follow the official guidelines regarding social distancing, and this will form the basis of any decisions we make. Stay up to date via our website, social media channels and by joining our mailing list here. If you have booked a place on one of our courses and you would like a credit note or refund please contact Chloe.
Our events programme create unique and inspiring opportunities to spend time in our building and learn about, experience and discover a variety of different creative disciplines. All events scheduled, including our iconic Open Studios have been postponed. If you are able to continue to support us through a donation or becoming a friend, we encourage you to do so. Alternatively for those events that were ticketed, by not asking for a refund, you will be making a hugely valuable contribution to our future.
For those of you who have booked the venue for hire, we are very sorry that this will impact on your upcoming exhibition / event / meeting. We will endeavour to work with you and reschedule as much as we can. If you are able to continue to support by not asking for a refund, you will be making a hugely valuable contribution to our future. However, if needed, as these are exceptional circumstances we will arrange a refund to you at the earliest opportunity.
Image: Bernard G Mills