COVID-19 CLOSURE/CHANGES UPDATE 20 March 2020 (part 2))

Post date: Mar 20, 2020 - Author: Stephen
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Following from our last post there are more News Items to share on closures, suspensions or in a few cases, continuations:1. Standpoint – Temporary Closure Notice “In response to increasing concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our artists, visitors and team, Standpoint has initiated changes to our programme.

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award process remains open with an extended deadline of 29 March 2020. 20-21 award will continue and we will be awarding the prize to an exceptional emerging sculptor this May. In response to increasing concerns relating to the spread of the virus and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our artists, visitors and team, there will be some changes made to the interview process if shortlisted. Shortlisted artists will be announced mid April. Olivia Bax’s Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Show will be rescheduled to later this year. More information on this to follow soon – SEE WEBSITE.

All other events and exhibitions will be suspended until further notice, including the upcoming Talking Sculpture Symposium. While the gallery is closed, our work will continue and our digital platforms will remain active. Staff will be working remotely from home Wednesday – Friday, 10:00 – 17:00 and for any general enquiries please email us at”

2. Black Swan Arts Young Open 2020, Long Gallery and Round Tower Gallery, 21 March – 25 April Exhibition opens: Saturday 21 March, 12pm (midday)

“We are going ahead with Black Swan Young Open, after much careful consideration. Our entrants have worked really hard to produce some magnificent work. We want them to feel proud to see their work on display in this specially curated exhibition. We feel this show could be a really useful resource for young people who will not be at school over the next few weeks.
Measures we’re taking:

  • We won’t be holding a public prize-giving and the exhibition is on for 5 weeks, so there’s plenty of time to come and visit.
  • We will set aside the first hour (10-11am) especially for older/more vulnerable visitors as some supermarkets are beginning to do.
  • We will build an online presence through images, filming and curator talks such as live Facebook Q&A sessions.

The exhibition can be open without stewards so our volunteers are under no pressure to come in. We remind all visitors to practice the cautionary measures advised by the NHS. This includes staying at home if you show any symptoms or care for anyone who is high-risk and needs protecting. We feel the Long Gallery and Round Tower Gallery allow for sufficient spaces between visitors to wander around the work and there is no direct proximity in a confined space. Everyone should wash their hands on arrival and all the doors and windows are open so there are no surfaces to touch across the ground and first floor. We will continue to keep our website up to date with any new information.”

We will be adding more information from Galleries and Events over the coming days and hope this will be of help. To all our readers, please take all precautions in line with guidance, both from the UK government or the authorities where you are, keep safe and let me know if you want information about an event published.