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How to become a Member of bip-Art Printmaking studio

Adults, over the age of 18 years, are welcome to become a Member of bip-Art. This allows use of the studio facilities through an Open Access system. 

In order to be eligible for Membership, you must be proficient in the printmaking area you wish to work in. 

If you are already an experienced Printmaker, we offer free inductions before joining*. We ask you to bring in some prints so we can assess the techniques you have used to gain an idea of the level of your experience and we take you around the studio to cover the Health and Safety aspects. There is no teaching in this induction.

If you have not worked in a printmaking environment recently and need a refresher, we advise taking a course and once you feel confident to work without Tutor Support, you can have an Induction. Please be aware that you may need to take more than one course before you are confident to work in the Open Access sessions.

Membership costs £50 for a year, £35 for six months or £15 a day plus an hourly fee.

The hourly rate is £8, unless you buy a five hour card for £35. You do not have to use all five hours at the same time, e.g; if you book for two hours, we cut two hours from your card, which leaves you three hours for your next session. The minimum amount of time you can book is 30 minutes. The card is kept in the office. We do not offer concessions as we have made the price as reasonable as we can manage. 

While there is always a Supervisor in the studio, Open Access sessions are untutored so the individual needs to be confident and safe enough to work independently.

Please contact us, if you wish to discuss becoming a Member.

Masks – Please bring a mask to wear when you are in the studio. As we are only taking limited numbers of artists in the studio, you should be able to remain at a distance from the other people so we will not be enforcing a mask wearing policy for your whole session. If you are working in an area on your own or are the only person in the room, you do not have to wear a mask. However, if you are talking to someone, walking through the studio or if there are other people in the same area, we will expect you to wear a mask, unless you are exempt. 

*Non-attendance and Short notice cancellation of Open Access – If you are unwell, displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or if somebody in your household or someone you have been in contact with, has the virus or is showing signs of the virus, within the last 5 days, please let us know and do not attend the studio. We will not charge you for short notice cancellation in this circumstance.
We are limiting the availability of Open Access in order to follow current advice regarding Social Distancing. This has reduced the number of people able to attend Open Access sessions so we ask you to honour all bookings, with the exception of illness. *

Regarding COVID -19, we have the following rules in place:

1 - Only come to the workshop, if you are feeling well, have not tested positive and have shown no signs of the virus in the last 5 days. 

2 - Do not attend the workshop, if somebody in your household or someone you have been in contact with, has the virus or is showing signs of the virus, within the last 5 days.  

3 - On arrival at the studio, please immediately wash your hands using the anti-bacterial handwash. 

4 - If you are booked on a course but have COVID symptoms, have tested positive or have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive in the last 5 days, please email us to cancel. We will hold your missed session as credit for you to attend on a different day. 

5 - Please provide us with your mobile number, in case we need to cancel you at short notice. We will be adhering to the above rules too and will only attend, if we are well and show no symptoms of the virus.

6 - We reserve the right to refuse access, if on arrival, you are visibly unwell, have a high temperature or are coughing. We reserve the right to ask you to leave, if you are unable to adhere to the above safety rules.

While we will do our best to clean and sterilise the communal areas and to keep the workshops as safe as we can, we emphasise that you enter at your own risk. 

Thank you, we appreciate your co-operation and look forward to seeing you in the studio.