Saturday, 13 September 2014

All The Tea and China Exhibition

Last week I was pleased to hear that one of my poems, Tasseomancy, has been included in an exhibition of art and literature at the Greyfriars Art Space in King's Lynn!

All The Tea and China is an exhibition of 3D sculpture and artwork, celebrating the British love affair with the humble cup of tea. The show is filled to the brim with beautiful and bizarre drinking vessels, elegant teapots and imaginative imagery, and it's a must-see for anyone interested in local contemporary art!

Conceived by local freelance curator and artist Christine Pike, the All The Tea and China exhibition features work by sixteen artists and craftspeople: Michael Wickwar, Louise Tiplady, Christine Pike, Ray Auker, Ann Froshaug, Zoe Elizabeth Norman, Deborah Bridgeman, Rob Bibby, Margaret Gardiner, John Masterton, Murray Cheesman, Colin Saunders, C Julie Witt, Katy Cossins, Tony Bellars and Andrew Schumann.

Twenty local writers also contributed to the project, with lines from their poems displayed prominently alongside the visual artwork in a really striking juxtaposition between words and images.

I was really pleased to see some familiar names in the collected anthology, with poems from regular Fen Speak performers Miriam Brown, Deb Curtis, Rosemary Westwell, and Chris Morgan! Other contributors to the exhibition included Cardinal Cox, Pete Irving, Roy South, Nikki Marrone, Anthea Maybury, Louise Smith, Henrietta Claxton, Alan Irving, Ghyslaine Clarke, Mark A Wright, Dorothy Carr, and Graham Ward.

But it was Peter Holt's poem, You know the Score, which really caught the eye of the judges. The prize? A specially-commissioned teacup, plus vouchers for a cream tea for two at the Florence Cafe, in St James Street, Kings Lynn. Congratulations Peter! 

The All The Tea and China exhibition runs until Saturday 20th September, at the Greyfriars Art Space in King's Lynn. Entry is free, and the gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 4pm.

Ceramics: Margaret Gardiner

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