Covid has caused enormous disruption to everyone’s lives, not least of all to the life of an art society. The lockdowns meant societies could not meet together and the answer was to resort to on line exhibitions and demonstrations. It makes sense to continue to take advantage of being able to have online exhibitions and Zoom Demonstrations, while returning to face-to-face activities agin. However, it would seem that people have changed some of the things they do. The number of people attending regular studio sessions has reduced considerably. Managing change is always challenging.
Below is the email that the Chairman, Peter Tuitt, has sent to FCSA members to explain the actions that FCSA has decided to do to address this problem.
Dear FCSA Member,
The committee has had to make a tough decision. Up until now we have opened the studio every Friday evening. We have not yet recovered to the numbers of members attending the studio to Pre Covid numbers which means that for the past year we haven’t yet managed to be anywhere near to covering the rental cost of the studio and are running the sessions at a loss.
You will see that the new studio sessions will be every 2nd & 4th Friday every month commencing this Friday 10th March. If and when the numbers of members attending increases to near pre Covid we can hopefully go back to every Friday.
We do hope that with the lighter evenings and better weather coming soon, you will feel able to return to the Friday studio sessions.
You will also see we have changed DYOT (Do Your Own Thing) to STUDIO LIVE it was suggested that DYOT sounded like you are on your own and not in a friendly environment. So, for no other reason we have changed it to STUDIO LIVE.
You will also see we have got some new events for you to take part in and enjoy in the coming year. Pop up Exhibitions and members doing demo workshops on various Friday evenings, which you may choose to take part in. Demonstrations in the summer will be face to face in the Studio, while in the winter they will be via Zoom.
For updates and new calendar information see our online Events Calendar