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  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