Covid-19 Information

Hello members, artists and supporters,

Effective immediately and until further notice Martha Street Studio will be closed except to Staff.

In solidarity with essential workers and out of an abundance of caution most of the staff will be working remotely. Limited digital services and print sales will be available via email and online only. Curbside pickup and free delivery within Winnipeg are available.

If you have supplies stored at the studio, please contact to arrange for curbside pickup. Office staff will be contacting anyone who requires a refund for rentals and/or cancelled courses. Please be patient as we work through this and know that you will not be charged for time or services that cannot be used. 

If you would like to show your support to the centre, upcoming virtual artist talks will provide an opportunity to engage with our current exhibition.

We will continue to monitor Public Health orders and notify you of any changes. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the studio.

Be safe and stay home.

Jamie Wright
Executive Director

When we reopen...We're asking all visitors to Martha Street Studio to help us accomplish this by following these main guidelines:

1. If you’re feeling sick or have had contact with a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19, please do not come to Martha Street Studio.

Be aware of and compliant with Manitoba’s Public Health Orders related to travel:

2. Bring & wear a mask when you’re in the building.

We all know people who fall into high-risk categories; staff will be wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we require that you do the same when you are here. 

3. Book & confirm your rental or visit in advance.

We can only permit so many people to work in a given area at one time, so please plan ahead and get in touch either by phone or email to let us know when you’d like to rent and what equipment you will be using. This applies to all renters, including keyholders and individuals who only want to use a computer. We will do our best to coordinate things so that everyone who wants to use the studio will have the chance to. To make the studio more widely available, we will have technicians staffing the building 7 days a week (the office & gallery will remain closed on Sundays and Mondays). If you have questions, concerns or would like to arrange to use the studio, please email:

4. Be courteous, wear gloves and wash or sanitize your hands before and after using shared spaces & equipment.

There are still some areas and equipment in the studio that will need to be used by multiple people. Hand sanitizer is available and we have increased cleaning and disinfection throughout the building, but these measures only go so far; please be mindful of how you are using Martha Street Studio’s communal resources, and be considerate of the people working around you so that everyone can accomplish what they need to in a safe manner.

5. Bring everything you need (ex. art supplies; gloves; dishes/cutlery; water bottle; etc.)

Amid this pandemic, we cannot offer certain amenities that we have in the past: kitchen usage will be limited and plates, cutlery, mugs, coffee and tea will not be made available for general use. So, please think hard about what you will need to get you through the day and bring as much with you as you can. If there are certain things you would like to store at the studio between rentals, we will provide you with a modest storage box for you to stow your pen, gloves, mug, ruler, utility knife and so on.

6. Thoroughly clean up after yourself and put relevant items in a disinfection bin.

When your rental is finished for the day, please tidy up after yourself, clean surfaces and place relevant studio items in a designated bin to be disinfected by a technician or instructor.

Additional Gallery Procedures:

Please note as of March 3, 2021, MSS is still closed to the public but we have updated our Gallery Procedures to allow for limited gallery appointments.

1. Exhibitions may be viewed by appointment:

Gallery appointments are available in 30-minute slots on Thursdays and Saturdays during scheduled exhibitions. Appointments begin on the hour, from 12pm – 5pm (last appointment beginning at 4pm on both days). Appointments are limited to 2 people per visit (may be from the same household or not).

Visitors must comply with MSS’s general guidelines: if you’re feeling sick or have had contact with a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19, please do not come to Martha Street Studio; bring and wear a mask when you’re in the building; book and confirm your visit in advance; wash or sanitize your hands before and after using shared spaces and items; maintain physical distancing.

To make an appointment, email with the subject line “Gallery visit.” Please be aware these emails are only monitored Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday during scheduled exhibitions. You must indicate your preferred appointment slot, first and last name, email address, and phone number. If someone else is coming with you, please note their information as well.

If you need to cancel your appointment, please get in touch as soon as you can.

2. Exhibitions may be viewed online:

Photographic and video documentation of our exhibitions will be posted online as available to increase accessibility to the gallery.

On our website, check the News page to find full posts on our exhibitions. At the bottom of each exhibition news post you may find photo documentation. Additionally, on the Discourse page you may find text responses by artist and writers to current and previous exhibitions.

On our Facebook page, check the Albums section to find photo documentation of our exhibitions. Scroll through our Feed to find video documentation of exhibitions.

On our Instagram profile, check our IGTV channel to view video documentation of exhibitions.

3. Information on exhibition receptions:

At this time we are not scheduling exhibition receptions.

4. Be mindful of how long you are in the gallery:

Keep in mind that the occupancy in the building is limited. If you are interested in purchasing artwork from an exhibition, you may do so during your visit by asking a staff member for assistance. Otherwise please visit our Webstore for information on artwork sales.

Education Procedures:

1. Revised studio layout to accommodate physical distancing

2. Mandatory mask usage by staff, renters, teachers and students

3. Assigned tool sets for each student to minimize shared items

4. Increased cleaning and sanitizing for all studio spaces

5. Smaller class sizes to allow for physical distancing

6. Fewer courses running simultaneously

Art Sales:

Artwork sales are currently facilitated through our Webstore:

Once your purchase has been processed, staff will be in touch to arrange shipping (additional fees apply) or curb-side pickup. We are also happy to offer free local deliveries within Winnipeg.

We will do our best to process, package, and ship your purchase in a timely fashion given our limited capacity at this time. Please call 204-779-6253 or email with any questions or inquiries.


At this time we are not scheduling any residencies.