It is the responsibility of each artist to ensure that their space is safe for visitors, volunteers and the artists themselves. Artists are urged to complete a risk assessment which is very helpful for helping you to think about potential hazards, and how they can be mitigated. Obvious issues you have probably thought of might include:
- Lone working – do you have someone to call on if you have any difficulties or have to leave the space?
- How your work is displayed – whether there are display boards that could topple or items on the floor that could trip people up
- Whether there us equipment on view or within reach of children which you wouldn’t want people tampering with or operating in case they hurt you or themselves
- As above for solvents and other paints or chemicals.
To help you assess any risks, we’ve prepared a simple chart, which you can download here.
In 2021 you will also need to ensure your studio space is Covid-secure for visitors and for your own welfare.
The Health and Safety Executive has published information on how to do a COVID-19 risk assessment, and you can also find more resources in their general advice on Managing Risk and Risk assessments and a Template for Risk Assessment.
In your risk assessment you should:
- Identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus
- Think about who could be at risk
- Decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed
- Act to remove the activity or situation, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk
Here are some ways you can prepare your studio for visitors:
- Display the NHS Track & Trace QR code which your visitors will need to scan. These are provided individually for each venue and you can generate and print yours from https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster Visitors will need to sign in and out of the space
- Both artists and visitors are to wear face masks unless you are socially distanced outdoors.
- Provide facilities for guests to sanitise their hands, and ensure they do so
- Ensure individual visitors/ household groups do not overlap by scheduling visits and ensuring enough time for groups to leave before the next group arrives.
- Define the number of people who can reasonably follow 2m physical distancing within your space; if necessary use floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 2m distance. Stick to that number when people turn up in addition to your booked party.
- Maintain distance as much as possible and avoid sharing facilities such as lifts etc
- Increase ventilation where possible
- Sanitise door furniture, keypads for payment equipment etc in between visits
- If your premises has more than one access point, introduce a one-way flow for entry and exit.
- Use signage and any other relevant communication tools to remind studio users to maintain hygiene standards, i.e. hand washing and coughing etiquette
This document is provided as guidance only and does not amount to legal advice. Artists may wish to seek their own advice to ensure compliance with all legal requirements.