Terms & Conditions: Bellenden Rd Membership

We may make reasonable changes to the Terms & Conditions at any time. It is your responsibility to check online at regular intervals for changes. Please review the Terms & Conditions carefully and make sure that you understand them. In becoming a member of The Kiln Rooms you are agreeing to the below terms:

Temporary additions to our T&Cs during stages 1, 2 and 3 of the UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy. The ‘current situation’ is rapidly changing and these T&Cs may change to fall in line with the latest health advice. The Kiln Rooms will notify all current members when significant changes are made.

  • Before using the studio, members must read The Kiln Rooms reopening safety document which outlines new measures and safety procedures in full. In addition each member will be sent a short safety video outlining new safety / cleaning practices. LINK TO VIDEO
  • When using the studio members will abide by all new safety measure in place. These include, but are not limited to; maintaining 2 metres social distancing, wearing a face covering at all times and following thorough cleaning procedures with regards to work stations and communal tools / equipment.
  • Opening times at Bellenden Rd have been changed because of new safety measures. Please check before attending the studio (opening times)
  • If a member feels unwell or suspects they have any Covid-19 symptoms they must follow government advice, which may include self-isolation. If you are experiencing symptoms please do not visit the studio and seek advice. (NHS advice)
  • If a member tests positive for Covid-19 they must self-isolate for the recommended period of time and notify The Kiln Rooms Directors as soon as possible. (Gov website)
  • In the event of non-usage it will not be possible to provide any additional studio time in future or to ‘freeze’ membership. The usual notice period of 1 month will remain in place.

Due to the rapidly changing situation The Kiln Rooms has the right to amend these Terms in line with government guidance. We recommend that members regularly check these and we will work with members to ensure that all studio users are kept up to date with changes. (last updated 03/06/20)

Payments

Fixed term contracts: payment for membership will be taken in full before the membership start date. The longer the contract the more of a discount a member will receive (at present we are doing 6 or 12 month memberships)

Rolling contracts: £180 per month, minimum of 2 months. Payments can be set-up via standing order or Direct Debit.

Notice period: When cancelling membership a period of at least 30 days notice is needed for termination of a membership.

No shared contracts and no sub-lets. All prices include VAT.

Included in the price: This fee includes the use of communal equipment & tools, personal and communal storage space, free access to the Professional Development Programme and onsite technical support. In-house glazes and firings are also included, within reason. Kiln and glaze usage will be monitored by technical staff, if it seems a member is using/requires a large amount of either they will be requested to measure their pieces, anything over 50 cubic litres of kiln usage per month will incur a surcharge or not be permitted. (this is roughly 1/4 of our large top loaders). Maximum usage of the studio is 18 hours per week and members must sign in and out. Time cannot be accumulated and used at a later date. Members also have the opportunity to sell work during our bi-annual shows, helping to fund their ongoing practice.

Holiday & time in lieu: No holiday or time in lieu. If you are going away for an extended period of time we would recommend cancelling your membership and discussing with management a possible date to rejoin.

Refunds: There are no refunds on rolling contracts. If you have paid for 6 or 12 months upfront we can discuss partial refunds for any time remaining on the contract as long as a notice period of 2 months or more has been given. This will be decided on a case by case basis.

Non-usage of the studio / studio opening times:  Studio opening times are on our website. In the event of non-usage it will not be possible to provide any additional studio time in future or make up for this in any way. The studio closes for 4 days during each of our bi-annual Shows (which all member are invited to take part in). The studio also closes for 4-5 days over the Christmas period and between 23rd December and 2nd January access times may vary. We may, with reasonable notice and at our discretion, close our premises for reasonable periods of time to carry out essential maintenance, repairs, refurbishment, or for other reasons outside of our control. We will endeavour to reopen facilities as soon as is reasonably possible in these circumstances. You agree that you will not be eligible for any refund for the temporary interruption in services during the period.

Data protection: As a member of The Kiln Rooms it’s important that we contact you with information related to the studio, shows, opening times, health and safety and best practice. We will keep your personal data safe and will not pass this on to any third party.

Sharing the space

Neither The Kiln Rooms nor Kiln Rooms staff are responsible for personal belongings or any work getting damaged, lost or stolen. Although we work tirelessly to minimise damage to any work it is inevitable that in communal studio such as this there will occasionally be work that gets damaged. If you do decide to bring in your own materials, glazes or any equipment into the studio this must be cleared first by a member of staff and stored in your personal storage area. Best practice should be adhered to at all times when working in the studio and respecting others is key.

Personal and communal storage: Communal storage in the ‘work in progress’ area needs to be cleared within 5 days. Any work remaining after 6 days will be thrown out. (please speak to our technicians if you are unsure). Please do not use more than 120cm of communal shelving at any one time – this space is for sharing. All work in your personal storage area must be removed from the studio by the day membership finishes.

Cleaning: For the studio to work it requires everyone to pitch in. When you use the studio it is best practice to do 20 minutes of cleaning where you have worked and in the communal areas. Always wet clean any dry materials.

Guests: If you want to invite friends/family to see the space, meet fellow members or staff for up to 10 minutes this is fine. If you would like someone to be in the studio for more than 10 minutes and work alongside you on a project this must be agreed in advance with Kiln Rooms management. As a rule people are not allowed to use the studio unless they have signed up and anyone visiting must be supervised by an inducted studio member / staff at all times.

Special requirement: If you have any special requirements please let us know during your induction.

Kiln usage: If a member is found to have caused damage to the kilns (i.e. explosion or melt down) or other equipment through improper use they may be liable for costs of repair. We estimate 2-3 weeks for work to be fired, however work extremely hard to turnaround work in 5-10 days.

Materials: We have a fully stocked materials store (please ask staff).

Health & Safety

Members must have a full induction of the studio (in person and having watched the induction video) before using the space. It is important that everyone respects all Health & Safety regulations, signage and Kiln Rooms staff / members.

The main points covered in the induction:

  • The Kiln Rooms cannot be held responsible for any injuries caused through the misuse of the studio or equipment.
  • Food or drink should not be consumed in the studio.
  • Fire safety. Please be aware of our evacuation procedure.
  • We reserve the right to suspend or cancel any membership if any of the above points are not respected

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