Sunday, 22 January 2012

Tea Room @ Manchester School of Art

From 30th January through to 10th February we are going to intergrate a tea room within the Holden Gallery at the Manchester School of Art. We will be selling Afternoon and Cream Teas, cakes, sandwiches and also be offering light enterainment and a bird aviary. I'll be hosting Gramophone Hours on selected days where I will be playing selections from my collection of twenties and thirties 78 rpm records.

We are going for the 'Betty's' aesthetic and have a somewhat classical thirties appeal. This is going to be a fully fledged business and all the proceeds are going towards the end of year/degree show catalogue that we will be needing and hopefully we'll make in excess of £1000.

This is an ambitious project and is going to involve each member of [42] third year Interactive Arts students and hopefully we'll have some help from other years. We are being sponsored by Lancashire Tea Company and a small bakery called Barnes Bakery of which each have donated produce for our tea room. This is going to be an exciting and perilous endeavour and I think, will cause a buzz within the school.

We have a wall concentrating on what is called a Salon Hang and it will contain various artworks that would be contained within a golden gilt frame and which will be sold at a silent auction. The works will be of 2D quality and be in accordance with the sensibilities of a salon hang/tea toom environment.

I have included a construction/hard-edged collage and a painting to the salon hang and both are contained within a gilt frame. I am also donating three gilt framed Polaroids that I have been holding onto, for such an occaision. I don't really care if they are not sold because I love the Polaroids and I am quite fond of the other two pieces. I won't mind if they are sold though, nothing like a stroked ego..m' eh.


Flyer created by Philip Simpson

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