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Frequently Asked Questions


Who can use Open-Access?

Anyone who has enough experience to work independently in the workshop. We are unable to provide one-to-one technical assistance during Open Access sessions although a Studio Manager  is on duty during the sessions to assist with inductions and basic set up of machines etc. You need to be a member of LSW to use the open access.
Unfortunately at present we cannot allow under-18s to use the facilities.


What clothing should I wear/bring?

Personal Protective Equipment is provided eg. welding helmets, gloves, ear protectors, googles but we strongly recommend that steel toe-cap boots are worn (strictly no flip-flops or open-toed shoes). We also recommend that either boiler suits, overalls or general work clothes are worn.


I studied a long time ago, how much help will I be given?

We kindly ask all open-access users to be competent in the processes that they would like to do. We have a Studio Manager available to help guide you in safe and proper use of the equipment, but the main artistic process should be something you are familiar with.
If you are feeling rusty then we recommend the following:
Courses (please see the courses page) these cover a variety of skill based processes.
One-to-one training is also available by prior arrangement with the Studio Manager, by contacting us. Rates start at £25 per hour plus the fee of the open access session.


Please can I speak to someone? Can I visit the studio and look around?

If you would like to visit please prearrange a time via email through our contact form.


Do I have to be a member to use open access?


YES, we offer an annual membership for £25.


Do I have to do an induction if I am a first time user?

YES, an equipment induction, health & safety biefing and signed acceptance of the Workshop User Regulations are required before starting working independently in the studio.

I am a first time user what do I need to know?

Your first session will start with an induction, which includes an introduction to the equipment at LSW and Health & Safety. The induction takes about an hour and you will then be free to access the workshop for the rest of the session.


How much do sessions cost?

Once you are a member, the cost of sessions are £25.99 per three hours. Timings are 9.30am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 5.30pm


Is there parking available onsite?

                             YES, there is free parking available.


Do I need to be a member to participate in a short course?

                                                                                                                                   NO, anyone is welcome to participate in our short courses.



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