Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are taking the following action to safeguard the welfare of our customers, students and staff. As of Thursday 19th March, the studio will be closed to the general public and we will defer the planned start of our next programme until later in the year. We will follow the advice of Public Health England about when it will be safe to do this.
We have also had to postpone our latest exhibition at The Whistler Gallery which was due to launch on 26th March. This is because the Jerwood DanceHouse building has had to close to comply with current guidance on public health.
We are grateful to our colleagues at DanceEast who have kindly offered us an alternative slot later in the year.
We are sure that you will understand that this decision is disappointing, but it had to be made in the interests of public safety.
As a CIC, we are proud to work within our community and to run community projects like our Press Ahead courses for people looking to return to work. We will continue to communicate about these and other matters, with all of our community of Friends of Tower Street, so please look out for emails from us over the coming weeks.
If you have made advance bookings or have vouchers to spend, please be assured that all payments for courses and classes will be reimbursed immediately and all vouchers for workshops will be honoured.
Finally, to all customers, students and our Friends of Tower Street, we wish you well over the coming months and look forward to seeing you all again when things get back to normal.
From the Directors of Oyster Community Press CIC
The Tower St Print Project in Ipswich is a friendly, relaxed printmaking studio run by practising printmakers, where you can explore Linocutting, Drypoint Etching and other printmaking techniques in workshops and courses that are suitable for beginners and those with some previous printmaking experience.
We are also a Community Interest Company and we are committed to delivering printmaking courses for local people, which are funded by a range of partners, to ensure that these are free to participants. We are grateful to our funders for making it possible for us to have delivered free printmaking projects at our studio to over 200 people in the Ipswich area since 2017, aged from 18 to 80 years, who may not have been able to access any kind of arts activity. Details of our work in this area are on our community page and news section.
When you pay for a workshop at the studio, or at one of our pop-up venues, you are helping us to keep providing these free courses