Over the weekend - and following recent announcements about travel restrictions and border closures - I started to update the International Directory of Classes, Courses and Workshops in Botanical Art & Illustration on my Botanical Art and Artists website.
As a result:
CORONAVIRUS: Courses indicated below may be subject to cancellation or postponement.
Please contact the organiser for the latest situation. It's possible courses will be rescheduled for a later date.
IF YOU TEACH A COURSE - THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN DO...
If you know for definite that the course you are teaching is:
The pages are:
A reminder about law and regulations
I'be begun to hear one or two stories relating to art teachers (generally) cancelling workshops but with little regard for their legal obligations in relation to
"Force majeure" is normally defined as unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract.
It's important to note that the concept of force majeure in relation to contracts varies from country to country.
Where coronavirus causes business disruption, from fulfilment of deliveries to cancellation of events, a common question is whether commercial parties can rely on force majeure clauses in their contracts.
I'm not a lawyer and am unable to comment on whether or not specific circumstances are covered by force majeure. That's something each organiser must check for themselves.
WEBINAR ABOUT FORCE MAJEURE
Suzanne Dibble, the lawyer who runs the very helpful Facebook Group: GDPR For Online Entrepreneurs (UK, US, CA, AU) is running a webinar on Wednesday 18th March at 12.30pm in London .
You can sign up at Covid-19: understanding when force majeure applies and when you can cancel contracts
REMINDER OF LAW AND REGULATIONS
Can I also take this opportunity to remind course organisers that:
[UPDATE: There's a lot to be said for flexibility by all parties given the extremely unusual circumstances e.g. postponing a course to a future date / following year rather than cancellation. That said that's only possible when you can get a future date for the venue and it fits in with other commitments. I'm sure with goodwill all round, it's possible to find a positive outcome some of the time - although obviously I'm sure we all recognise that's not always possible]
There are two pages on my website which can help some of you begin to get to grips with
As always information is offered with NO LIABILITY. It's up to you to satisfy yourself you know what you need to know when conducting business so as to remain on the right side of the law.
In addition insurance for both course organisers and students may or may not cover the current situation and the interruption to normal business.
I now understand it is totally impossible to get any insurance which provides cover for coronavirus.
Coronavirus - more help for a botanical art business
Coronavirus, COVID-19 and Art - on my Art Business Info for Artists website, is a NEW resource page about coronavirus / covid-19 in relation to: artists and art education / exhibitions / fairs / galleries / schools / societies. It's generic rather than specifically related to botanical artand illustration but (although still under development) is scoped to cover:
I'm also writing blog posts on my main blog Making A Mark about different aspects of how the current situation is affecting art generally and artists with a business specifically:
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