We regret that there is no access to the Strangelove exhibition of the moving image in Lethaby Gallery at present, because a student sit-in is blocking the fire escape route.
Fire regulations require free means of escape from the public gallery via two escape routes. On Saturday, UAL successfully negotiated with the sit-in to keep the route through their protest clear.
Today the protesters have confirmed that they will not allow free means of escape; D locks will remain on place on the doors that form the escape route. Unfortunately, this would not comply with fire regulations.
The University would break the law and endanger public safety if the gallery were open without this escape route. This is a matter of great regret, because the exhibition of moving image in the gallery is the results of months of work and the opportunity for our students to show their work to the general public.
We have agreed the to meet the protest group to discuss their demands.