Sat 6 July 2019, 11.00am – Sun 22 September 2019, 5.00pm
Join us as we follow the tea leaf from plant to pot, beginning with its roots in China through to its introduction to Britain (see the oldest sample of tea in Britain, on loan from the Natural History Museum), to understand how wide its influence reaches, and the impact it has had on art and culture.
We’ll dip into the darker side of tea to explore its links to empire, slavery and the Opium Wars; as well as lighter themes such as how the teapot has evolved over the centuries and how to make a proper cup of tea.
New artworks bring the exhibition right up to date, with ceramics, sculptures, installations and poetry demonstrating the enduring inspiration that tea provides. You can also explore The Tea Sensorium which features multi-sensory activities including testing your sense of smell, making clay creations inspired by Phoebe Cummings’ An Ugly Aside and designing your own teapots.
We kindly ask that you leave any bags in the lockers on the ground floor before entering the exhibition, or carry them in your hands, in order to protect some of the very fragile artworks on display.
Image (Right): Phoebe Cummings, An Ugly Aside, 2019, Unfired Clay Photos © Volunteer Photographer
A Tea Journey exhibition © Compton Verney, photography by Jamie Woodley
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