COVID-19 Art House update


Pottery Studio, The Art House Sheffield


Covid Update

Dear Art House Friends

Due to the ongoing covid restrictions and challenges businesses are facing during this very uncertain time, we have sought further advice from local government and similar organisations to ours.  Based on the information received we have decided that the right thing to do is to postpone all our current art activities until the situation improves and there is more certainty for us at the Art House.

Open Studio is NOT affected 

Our plan is to work on our next programme of commercial art with a view to running activities from the spring.  We feel that in making this business decision we will be able to re-open with confidence that our programme will go ahead.

We are very sorry that we have been put in this position and for any disappointment caused.  What is important to us is everyone’s safety and enjoyment when they attend the Art House and we want to avoid any further disruption.

If you have booked on an ‘in-house’ class, you should have received an email from us about your options.  If you haven’t please email us to let us know:

We will continue to follow government guidance and regularly review the situation and if anything changes we will provide updates on social media.  It would be lovely if we were in a position to open sooner.

In the meantime, while we are closed we are still running a number of zoom classes which you may be interested in, click on the link to find out more and to book:
ZOOM online classes

Thank you so much for your understanding and continued support which is greatly appreciated.

We look forwards to seeing you as soon as we can.

For regular updates, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can order Clay Take-away kits, vouchers, and ceramic gifts from January 4th when our online shop re-opens.

Keep connected on The Big Art Lock In on Facebook.

If you are able, please consider donating to our GoFundMe.

How can I help the Art House to flourish?  

  • By carrying on booking Zoom courses
  • Buy a voucher as a gift or for yourself, to redeem for a future class or course
  • Help to share our ‘GoFundMe’ fundraising page

Is the Art House providing any support to wellbeing participants during this period?

Yes. We have created this group – The Big Art Lock In, where you can share stories and creativity and take part in daily creative challenges. We are sending out art and pottery packs to all participants, and all members that wish it have a weekly telephone call from Tara, our Wellbeing Manager.

Wellbeing participants who have questions or concerns can email us at:

As we begin to reopen, we have implemented the following policy based on our COVID-19 Risk Assessment, which is designed to keep all people entering the building as safe as possible. If you have booked a space on a course, or are considering doing so, please read this policy carefully before your visit.

Entering the Building
Please do not enter the Art House if you or anyone you have been in close contact with (shared accommodation or been within 2 metres for 15 minutes or more) has tested positive for COVID-19, or been symptomatic with a persistent cough or fever within the last 14 days.

If any symptoms of illness develop whilst attending the Art House please return home as soon as possible and try to limit contact with other people or surfaces as much as possible. Please ensure you notify a member of staff if you have developed symptoms of coronavirus whilst on site at the earliest opportunity.

We recommend that you do not attend the Art House if you are at an elevated risk from COVID-19. This includes having received a letter from the NHS advising you to shield, being over the age of 70, being pregnant, or having underlying health conditions including but not limited to asthma, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease. Please check NHS guidance if you’re unsure whether you’re at elevated risk.

Handwashing and Hand Sanitiser
Hand sanitiser stations are available throughout the building. Everyone entering the building will be required to sanitise hands upon entry and to wash hands frequently and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds whilst they are in the building. We ask that individuals avoid touching their face as much as possible whilst on site.

Wearing of facemasks will be required when moving through shared areas of the building. Wearing of facemasks in the pottery, art room, exhibition room and office may also be requested. We may change these rules at any time depending on the changing situation and government guidance.

Attending Classes: Shared equipment and what to bring  

As usual (unless otherwise notified) all materials and equipment will be provided, with the exception of aprons and tea-towels (both which are optional but useful, particularly in clay and oil classes).   In the interests of safety, we do encourage participants to use their own equipment if possible (e.g. paint brushes, sculpting tools), but rest assured, all shared materials will have been thoroughly cleansed before and after each use.

To minimize close contact between participants, please try to avoid passing on the stairwells. Please give priority to people coming down the stairs to reduce the risk of overcrowding in the pottery. Start and end times of sessions will be spaced to reduce the risk of congestion on the stairs. Volunteers will be available to chaperone groups through the building.

Please only use the lift if necessary. Capacity of the lift is restricted to one participant at a time, although two people who live in the same household may share the lift. If you know that you will need assistance to use the lift, please ensure that you notify a member of staff before your visit.

Café Waiting Area
A section of the café space on the ground floor can be used as a waiting area in the event of arriving early for a session. It can also be used as a space for eating any food brought in as this will not be allowed within the teaching spaces. Spaces for use within the café are designated and marked.

Food and Drink
Food can be eaten in the café in the designated areas, but cannot be consumed within the pottery or teaching rooms. Drinks can be consumed anywhere within the building, provided they are in a resealable container, i.e. screw cap plastic water bottles, which can be kept in a bag between uses. Please only consume non-resealable drinks (e.g. cans) in the designated areas in the café. If possible, please bring in re-useable containers, or if using disposable ones please take them away with you to minimize risk to staff in handling waste.

Workstations and Walkways
For anyone accessing classes, workstations will be clearly marked and situated a minimum of 1 metre from each other. In potential high traffic areas throughout the building, floor markings will indicate distancing of 1 metre and participants are encouraged to take care to keep as much distance from one another as is realistically possible when moving around and working in the building.

Cleaning & Waste Disposal
The building will be cleaned each morning, and staff will ensure that frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles and hand rails) are cleaned on at least an hourly basis. Any waste should be disposed of in the bins provided (either the large bins in the teaching rooms, or the small red bins which are available throughout the building). Staff will ensure the bins are emptied regularly.

Confirmed Case On Site
If a case of Coronavirus is confirmed on site, we will inform all individuals who have been in the building since the infected person was last on site. We will ensure a thorough clean down of the building is conducted immediately, and may decide to close the building, or specific areas of the building, temporarily if we feel it is in the best interests of staff and customers to do so.

Deliveries should be brought to the front door or back door. Delivery drivers will be asked to wear a mask and gloves where possible before handing items over. Delivery drivers will not be allowed to enter the building unless they have disinfected their hands using antibacterial gel, and are wearing a facemask.

First Aid
All first aiders will have access to aprons, visors and gloves for the administration of first aid. All first aid kits are supplied with mouth shields for use where resuscitation is required.