CAW response to the Corona-virus pandemic update

(Revised) 17 March 2021


The progress of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be carefully monitored by the Canberra Art Workshop. Steps have been taken to ensure the studio is a safe environment for all attendees. CAW will continue to adhere to health advice from ACT and Commonwealth Governments.

Guidelines to CAW studio users

The following directions are designed to ensure the CAW Studio remains safe.

Stop the spread

  • Please do not enter the CAW studio
  • if you are feeling unwell, experiencing a fever, cough or any symptoms of COVID-19, the flu or a simple cold, or
  • if you have been asked to stay at home for any reason even if you have no symptoms, such as waiting for test results, possible exposure to the virus etc.

Sign In

Please use the ACT Check-In App in the CAW studio (there is no need to sign in at the M16 entrance) for the purposes of contact tracing. If you do not have a smart phone, please ask your convenor to sign in for you.

Limits on numbers and social distancing

  • All studio attendees must use the CAW’s an online booking and payment system before coming along to any studio activities. This way we manage restricted numbers and avoid any handling of cash or use of paper-based lists.
  • The maximum number of people in the studio is 26 (revised 8 March 2021); however, maximum numbers for all art activities remains at 12 in term 2 (plus a model or tutor where relevant).
  • Please observe social distancing at all times including between easels, tables and/or chairs and when moving about the studio.

Studio Hygiene

  • If possible, the windows and / or door should be opened during sessions to allow the flow of air.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser at the studio entry and bring your own hand towel, plastic rubbish bag and cleaning cloth to wipe easel or tables at the end of the session
  • Labels above the two sinks in the kitchen area indicate that:
    • one is for washing crockery and cutlery only
    • the other is for all other cleaning purposes — hand washing, studio and art materials
  • Please do not share food; bring your own refreshments, mug, water bottle and/or thermos etc. Please limit your use of studio cutlery and crockery, but if you do, place all items in the dishwasher. It is the responsibility of the last group each day to turn the dishwasher on and the first group in the morning to empty it. If the fridge is used, please empty it at the end of each session.
  • Please limit sharing of art materials.
  • Each group must ensure thorough cleaning of other surfaces in the studio at the end of each session. The studio is professionally cleaned once a week.


  • Models should not share drapes, cushions or other materials.
  • Every model is asked to bring their own sheet and cushions if required and take them home at the end of the session. Convenors may keep a spare set in case the model is unable to comply; in which case, the convenor will take them home at the end of the session.

CAW Committee and Convenors

Letter to ACT Health Directorate from Prue Power.

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