As with all arts organisations, the pandemic has brought considerations to the fore that have required us to think differently about our future. There are a number of reasons for this decision.
The Board has not taken this decision lightly, but only after much discussion and consideration.
Ultimately it’s the work that matters and not the building. Indeed, since we closed we have been able to continue working with people through funding from ACE, Worcester City Council and Severn Arts – foregrounding children’s creativity in lockdown, digital classes, and working with artists of colour through our Black Lives Matter project.
All refunds, partial and full, have been made to hirers and students, all other payments settled and we anticipate the permanent closure of the building by the end of September.
Our thanks and thoughts go to the staff, volunteers and partners that have given their professional expertise to the Workshop over a long time, and especially to support the progress and impact of the last couple of years. The decision to close the building will come as sad news but it is the only responsible decision in the circumstances.
It is the end of an era with great memories for people in the City. Over the 40+ years at Sansome Street, WAW has made a hugely positive impact on the lives of many, many people. That’s a good legacy to leave.
Author: Eleanor Miles