Chai and the City – My Cup of Tea Heritage Project Launch

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 23/09/2017
11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Location
Artcore

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My Cup of Tea

My Cup of Tea is a heritage programme focusing on the conventions surrounding English tea and tea drinking; the objects, rituals, history and stories associated with it. The programme of activities will provide an opportunity for communities to explore and share their heritage through trips, research projects, talks, activities, oral histories and tea parties, culminating in a Celebration Event at Artcore.

My Cup of Tea Project Launch

On Saturday 23rd September we continued our creative programme Chai and the City with a cup of chai and the launch of My Cup of Tea, a heritage project which explores the traditions and customs associated with drinking tea in Britain. My Cup of Tea examines the subject of tea and the part it plays in British society and how its significance has evolved over the years. The project will involve various levels of engagement through community participation, historical exploration and artistic practice. There will be tea parties, research sessions, trips and oral history recordings.

Indian curator Sandhya Gajjar talked to members of the arts and local community heard about the Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Vadodara India. The Bhasha Trust was founded in 1996 as a platform for the voice of Adivasis and Nomads in order to revitalize healthcare, communicate human rights, innovate arts, craft, folklore and conserve language. There is more information on their valuable work here: http://www.bhasharesearch.org

We also celebrated the success of Joys of Creation with an exhibition of work. Participants worked for 6 months with 5 artists learning different art mediums. They created beautiful fabric appliques, plaster hands, canvases of the natural world, block prints and papier mache foods. Artist Jane Smith shared that the workshops were always a pleasure and everyone enjoyed working together and learning new techniques. The exhibition is open Monday-Friday 5th-13th Oct 9.30am-4.30pm at Artcore.

After this we enjoyed a delicious chai tea party and picnic lunch on our pop up lawn area and created badges to take away.

Our free Innocence & Expression creative workshops for 6-18year olds began 2-4pm with artist Michelle Reader. The children began to think about miniature worlds and used clay and collage to create creatures that might populate our imaginary worlds.

Thank you to everyone involved in supporting these events.

 

 

Artcore would like to announce Chai and the City

Chai and the City is 6 month artistic and heritage programme, focusing on tea and the conventions and traditions that surround it.  It offers different levels of engagement for people of all ages and abilities to get involved. Chai is the popular name for Indian tea – a strong, milky, sweet, boiled beverage often spiced with grated fresh ginger root.  Tea is a drink that is enjoyed in both the UK and India alike. However, both countries have very different ‘traditions’ associated with tea-drinking, the way tea is prepared, and the way it is enjoyed.

This project celebrates and explores the socio-cultural popularity of tea-drinking globally, through explorations into art and through investigations into heritage. The Chai and the City Exhibition reflects the artistic arm of the project, celebrating India’s influence on Britain through the production and consumption of tea, explored through artist residencies and an internationally curated artistic programme.  Alongside this the influence of British architecture in India is explored through photographs of Vadodara’s impressive Indo-Saracenic heritage. The My Cup of Tea is a heritage programme focusing on the conventions and traditions surrounding English tea and tea drinking; the objects, rituals, history and stories associated with it. The programme of activities will provide an opportunity for communities to explore and share their heritage through trips, research projects, talks, have a go activities, oral histories and tea parties, culminating in a Celebration Event at Artcore.

Join us over a cuppa to share your stories and learn about a tea-drinking heritage

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