Tea (Peter Hatton, Val Murray, Lynn Pilling) is a group of artists who make work for and about places: towns, streets, houses, shops, parks, factories, waterways, galleries and areas of regeneration. We construct new versions of these places using installation, documented performance, video and publications.
Including, but also going beyond obvious references of architecture and social history, we delve into the substrata, the hidden lives, of particular places and how and where they might be represented.
These new versions critique accepted representations and offer alternative, often witty, navigations of urban space. For example, Spinning a Yarn commissioned by The Whitworth, used performance to juxtapose the layered identities of buildings associated with cotton (e.g. mill / homes, stately home / costume gallery). Recordings of these playful incidents were incorporated into a 6 metre high projection of fabrics from the Whitworth’s collection. In Boat Trip: Nothing but Flowers, commissioned by The Lowry, we took members of the public on boat trips on the Manchester Ship Canal. The view out of the window was interrupted by recordings of strange incidents which had taken place on the bank and accompanied, of course, by a live commentary.
Sometimes our explorations involve working with people from the area, other professionals and other arts practitioners. As part of the regeneration programme of Widnes Waterfront, in Brown Fields, Blue Skies, we set up ‘hides’ on the wasteland left by the chemical industry and invited experts and passers by to take tea with us and exchange ideas about the place.
We are interested in the idea of representing one place in another. In Looking Both Ways commissioned by Tate Liverpool we built an evolving installation which reflected on the nearby iconic Liver Building which is also a work place for many people.
In our very first project together, Homeworks, we initiated a residency in a run down terraced house where we constructed installations in the rooms. In a recent video project Visible Cities, two women in tailored HiVis jackets set about investigating an area around the Manchester / Salford border.
CV & Education
Tea Projects and commissions.
2016 We Were Here, Counterpart, Lytham Festival http://www.teaweb.org/we-were-here.html
2015 Visible Cities.http://www.teaweb.org/visible-cities.html
2014 Place Processing: installation Federation Building Manchester. 1. Still Life After The Office 2. Out Of Office.
2014/15 Leaving shown at 51zero video and digital arts festival in Kent and touring to Maison de l'Art et de la Communication, Institut Universitaire de Technology de Lens, France.
2014 Imagine Sheppey: Fast Forward working with Social Scientists and young people
2013 Leaving Hollings Building Manchester. Video
2012 Green in the City video
2010 Spinning a Yarn Whitworth Art Gallery installation and publication
2009 Back and Forth on Bluetown High Street. Living and Working on Sheppey. Video
2008/9 Bluecoat Heritage Trail installation and computer programme
2009 Living Landscapes Conference presentation
2009 Brown Fields Blue Skies at ICIA Bath and publication
2008 Videos shown at TRIP (Territories Re-Imagined International Perspectives) Manchester
2007/8 Brown Fields Blue Skies residency at Widnes Waterfront. Video.
2007 Repeat Pattern shown in Loop Pool, Raum fuer Projektion, Cologne and distributed
2006 Tea in Oswestry part of Bordering
2006 Fabrika new edit BBC Big Screens. Commissioned by Cornerhouse
2006/9 Three Tea Publications in Sitting Room international touring show. http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/7763/
2006/7 Boat Trip publication included in Arcadia id Est international touring exhibition http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/arcadia.htm
2006 Tea at URBIS video toured with One Minute Films
2005 The Cut video shown at Platform Gallery, Vasa, Finland
Jon Biddulph worked with Tea until 2003
2003-4 Boat Trip Nothing But Flowers live bost trips and publication commissioned by The Lowry.
2003 Prospekt St Petersburg and Manchester
2003 What is this Place? Paper in Journal of Visual Art Practice
2002 Exchanges Manchester and St Petersburg. Residency and installation.
2001 What's Going On Here? Piccadilly Gardens Manchester. Video
2000 City Mapping Hull Ferens Art Gallery. Installation
2000 The Cut Mid-Pennine Art Gallery vidoe and publication
2000 Builders and Dreamers National Museum of Labour History and touring
1998/9 By The Way artranspennine98 video installation and publication
1998 Sometimes, Manchester. Live, interactive video.
1997 Now and Again Soho, London. Live interactive video.London International Festival of Theatre.
1997 Other People's Shoes detail in No Small Feat, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
1995/7 Mapping Values Orleans House, Richmond Upon Thames, London sound installation, computer programme and publication
1995 Looking Both Ways Tate Liverpool installation and archive distribution
1995 Residency Glasgow School of Art
1994 Anxiety and Escapism South Bank Centre, London Installation and archive distribution
1992/4 Other People's Shoes series of events and installations with Impossible Theatre and publication
1991 Living Space series Manchester, Liverpool and Stoke on Trent. Installations
1990 In Situ Flag Market, Preston
1989 In Transit Greater Manchester Art Week. Performance
1988 Baggages No Quarter commission. Performance
1988 If Only Walls Could Speak Wythenshawe Hall, Manchester. Installation
1987 Homeworks Levenshulme and Cornerhouse Manchester. Installation.