COVID-19 Update

Photo by Will Brunt
Following the UK government’s update on Monday 16th March regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the health and safety of our community and staff members, we have taken the difficult decision to close ASCUS Lab and pause the ASCUS Lab programme from Wednesday 18th March. We will continue to monitor the situation on a weekly basis and respond in line with government advice. This is a complex and ever-changing situation and the safety of our community and staff will be at the forefront of any decisions we make. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates and will re-open as soon as we believe it is safe and sensible to do so.

ASCUS Lab Inductions and Open Sessions
This means our weekly Thurs and Sat ASCUS Lab open sessions, our April ASCUS Lab Microscopy and Microbiology Inductions and our membership sessions will not go ahead for the time being. If you have booked something, we will be in touch with further information.

The 2020 Edinburgh Science Festival
We also regret to inform you that Edinburgh Science Festival have had to make the extremely difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival meaning our co-curated exhibition, Syncrasy with Summerhall will not open on Friday 3rd April and is postponed. Edinburgh Science Festival’s statement:

“Following close monitoring of the ever-changing situation regarding the global spread of COVID-19 and having held discussions with key partners, we have taken the sad but necessary decision to cancel this year’s Edinburgh Science Festival, scheduled for 4–19 April. With the Science Festival less than three weeks away and a programme of over 270 events, this has been a complex process for the organisation to manage, but the health and wellbeing of our visitors, participants and staff remains our number one priority.”

The ASCUS Team continue to work remotely behind the scenes on essential work and preparation to ensure the best experience and a safe environment for our treasured community when we reopen in the near future. We have been working on exciting new projects and growing our programme and are looking forward to sharing this with you when appropriate.

We understand this situation is causing a huge amount of worry and disruption to everyone, not least within the art world and the science community, both a huge part of what we do. We empathise with everyone’s struggle and send our support, we are all in this together.

Keep safe and well.

ASCUS Art & Science