Approved: 16.08.2006


Artist, Lecturer / academic, Art therapist

Approved: 16.08.2006

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.

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  • Location: Manchester and Kent, North West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Built environment, Public art
  • Categories: Book Works, Film & Video, Installation, Intervention, Performance
  • Tags: place, installation, temporary, built environment, history, humour, site specific, video, performance, narratives




    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

    2015    Visible Cities.

    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.

    2006/7  Boat Trip publication included in Arcadia id Est international touring  exhibition                          

    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.