Same Sky tea service

A hand made tea service of food memories

By Nicola Benge

Photo:Some of the participants with the tea service

Some of the participants with the tea service

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:The tea service

The tea service

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Photo:Photos and memories

Photos and memories

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Photo:The group signatures

The group signatures

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Photo:Personalised cups

Personalised cups

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Photo:Tea for two

Tea for two

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Photo:Seeds and shirt pockets

Seeds and shirt pockets

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Same Sky introduction

Same Sky introduction

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Photo:The cake stand

The cake stand

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Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Same Sky tea service' page
Partnerships

Portslade WRVS recently set up this project in conjunction with Brighton based award winning arts charity Same Sky. The project was a partnership project with the above groups alongside the Trust for Developing Communities. It involved participants of the New Larchwood centre history group in Coldean, Brighton who are in their 80s.

Activities

Same Sky, along with a WRVS facilitator and with participants, spent ten weeks making an interactive tea service table with a beautiful memory based table cloth and personalised china tea plates, cups, saucers and cake stands with images fired onto them of favourite meals, reminiscences and sayings around food past.

Sound

There is also a oral history installation underneath the table which has sound files of participants talking about their memories of food and allotments. It is six place settings, one chair (with headphones), an oval table, the tea service and the sound equipment. It was finished in August 2008 and WRVS Heritage Plus is currently looking for venues to exhibit the tea service until November 2010.

It is a beautifully made interactive installation and something that is of interest across generations as art, and of historical value. It is possible to have the installation for a short time or for an extended period.

This page was added by Nicola Benge on 18/11/2008.

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