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Updated September 4, 2020


On Tuesday, September 8, we will welcome members into the space in a limited capacity with new operating hours. The hours of operation for access will be Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Members will not need to sign up online to access the building, they can drop-in but we will only allow a maximum of 30 members in the space at any given time. Members will only need to sign up online to use a computer. There is a maximum of two computers that can be booked, one in the media lab and one in the theatre bay. These spaces are limited to 1 person at a time. Please note that there will be three staff members on-site daily, working in the front and back offices.

  • Members must sign up at least 24 hours in advance by clicking here if they wish to use a computer.
  • The calendar will open weekly: every week on Wednesday, the sign-up calendar for the following week will be posted in the document at the link above. Click on the tabs along the bottom of the document to view the relevant dates.
  • Slots are one (1) hour in length. You can book more than one consecutive spot, but please be mindful of how much time you actually need.
  • Maximum of two (2) computers that can be booked, one in the media lab and one in the theatre bay. Only one (1) person can be in each space at a time.
  • Lower Hall (no group rehearsals/events)
  • Theatre (no group rehearsals/events)
  • Theatre Bay: only 1 computer that can be booked.
  • Media Lab: only 1 computer that can be booked.
  • Visual Art Studio (studio next to Media Lab): only 1 studio member at a time.
  • All members must enter through the front door, from Dufferin Street.
  • Members must fill out COVID-19 screening questionnaire upon arrival in the building (you will see it as soon as you enter; you may also click here to download a copy of the form to fill out in advance).
  • Members must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  • Members must go downstairs and greet staff in the front office from a safe distance.
  • Members must be socially distant the entire time they are in the building.
  • Masks will be provided and will be mandatory if more than one member is present in a space at any time.
  • Members must sanitize work station/studio space when they are done.
  • No use of kitchen except utility sink.
  • Members Cannot borrow devices that are in close contact with the face (cameras, headphones, iPhone).
  • No overnight borrowing of books or other material.
  • No food or drink in the media lab.
  • Members must bring their own drinking water; only disposable cups allowed for cooler and/or sink.
  • No donations of items or temporary storage of personal items allowed.
  • Members must inform Workman Arts if they become symptomatic after visiting the building so the appropriate staff/members can be notified and begin self-isolation.

Members who have artwork stored in the building are encouraged to contact Paulina Wiszowata to book a pickup time within the new building hours (M-F, 1-4 PM) by August 31. Please give at least 48 hours’ notice because the artwork needs to be packed and prepared prior to pickup where all safety measures will be taken. Please reach out to Paulina if you are unable to pickup your artwork by August 31. Contact Paulina at paulina_wiszowata@workmanarts.com or (647) 375-6971.

Please note that other than member access at pre-approved times, our offices and facilities at 651 Dufferin Street will remain closed to the public until further notice.  Staff will continue to work remotely (aside from the one staff person present for daily member hours) and can be reached via email during business hours. For a list of staff contacts, click here. We will post updates on social media and on our website as they become available.

You can continue to view and purchase work from our Being Scene juried exhibition by clicking here.

We will continue to monitor the situation and Toronto Public Health (TPH) recommendations and will keep community members updated regarding any developments. If anything changes, we will let everyone know as soon as possible.

We also encourage everyone to look after their mental health in these uncertain times.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these issues in a rapidly changing environment. Overall, we hope to keep our community members healthy and we thank you all for your part in helping to do so! Take care of yourselves and each other.

Best wishes,

Kelly Straughan
Executive Artistic Director
Workman Arts

Mental Health Support
If you are in distress, please contact Distress Centre by phone 24/7 at 408-HELP (4357) or 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645.

For more information about COVID-19:
For medical advice, contact Telehealth Ontario, a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

Toronto Public Health Hotline
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closed on statutory holidays)
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Translation is available in many languages.
Telephone: 416-338-7600
TTY: 416-392-0658
Email: PublicHealth@toronto.ca