COVIDSafe Update January/February 2021
Welcome back to what we hope will be a healthy and enjoyable return to activities at Canberra Potters. We have just completed our program of Summer Schools, Short Courses and School Holiday Programs. We continue to maintain a COVIDSafe space for our staff, students, artists and centre visitors.
Some important information:
Canberra Potters/Watson Arts Centre remains at Level 2—Moderate Risk on our COVID-19 Response Plan. Staff, teachers, students and artists have returned to site and are participating in classes and associated facility activities. Although distancing protocols in the ACT have been relaxed, we have maintained lower class numbers in most classes. This was a decision that had to be made as the recent Sydney outbreak threatened to impact our local protocols. We expect a full return to normal class numbers during Term 2. We ask that our visitors maintain 1.5m between you and other centre users and respect the usual COVIDSafe protocols. Follow directions from staff and teachers and please stay away if you are feeling unwell.
When attending a class, you will be asked to follow the usual COVIDSafe protocols. In addition, this term teachers will be checking your temperature on entry. Due to prolonged contact during class periods this ensures an added level of safety for our teachers and your fellow students.
Access: Members and general public allowed back onsite.
Visitation is restricted to specific purposes only and members must adhere to social distancing and appropriate health protocols. To remain COVIDSafe you are expected to sanitise on entering the facility and sign registers at entry points. Registration via a QR app is available to protect your privacy and as the preferred method of visitor capture for ACT Health contact tracing purposes.
Members Drop-in: Supervised sessions are available.
Members are invited to book via the website for Member Drop-in sessions. Spaces and times are strictly limited and you are expected to adhere to current COVIDSafe protocols and staff instructions. Additional sessions are planned for the coming term including Saturday night sessions and reopening of the Members Workshop during normal hours of operation. Watch our website and social media for notification of these sessions.
Education: Returning students.
Only staff, teachers and students who have a current class enrolment are permitted onsite. If you are one of these people you would have already been contacted by our teaching coordinators and received information on class attendance. This includes guidelines, class protocols, link to education video and ‘what to bring’ information. It is important that you read and understand this information and view the COVIDSafe video presentation prior to attending class.
Firing services: Members and Students
Members and student work are now regularly moving through our kilns. You may usually expect a two-week turnaround on your pieces for firing. Kiln hire is available to those members holding a kiln licence. Kilns may be booked using our online booking system.
Gallery and Shop:
Our gallery program has resumed and we are able to allow up to 70 people in our gallery space at one time. However, we do ask that if you wish to attend an opening event you RSVP online or by call the gallery and you will be added to the guestlist. Numbers are strictly adhered to and if you can’t attend please let us know so we can admit someone else. The Shop and Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Members may pay at shop for firing services during these hours.
Tea Room & Library:
The Tea Room and Library is now available for use by members and those attending classes. There are some changes to way we use these areas so please follow the instructions provided in these spaces. Please maintain physical distancing and sanitise your hands on entry.
Artist in Residence program:
The Artist in Residence program remain suspended to international visitors but local and interstate artists are scheduled to return to the facility during 2021.