Tea, Cake & Art · Connections That Matter

by Newlyn Art Gallery The Exchange in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

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On 18th December 2020 we successfully raised £9,630 ( + est. £846.50 Gift Aid ) with 69 supporters in 62 days

Tea, Cake & Art supports older people, isolated even before the crisis, to meet and create together online, by post and eventually in person

by Newlyn Art Gallery The Exchange in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We would love to explore news ways of getting together while we're apart. We want to work with artists with great ideas about how to connect us better. We'd like to build on our Extraordinary Postcard project to better include those who don't have online access.  

Tea, Cake & Art · Connections That Matter


Tea, Cake & Art supports people, some living alone or with anxiety, to get together, make friends and create. Our weekly session greatly benefits a sometimes-isolated group of people – participants report feeling happier, doing art at home and meeting each other independently. 

‘It’s about learning together. For me it’s a positive thing, it’s about learning together as a group of people.’

Tea, Cake & Art had been successfully running and growing at The Exchange in Penzance for a year when the Covid crisis began, and we had to think of ways of getting together, even when we were apart.

 ‘I just didn’t see anybody and I didn’t know anybody, felt like, felt like I didn’t know anybody.’

So we set up a weekly zoom art class, and posted out printed notes to those without digital access, and soon we were up and running again.

‘For me it’s been brilliant. It’s just really lovely to have a connection, do something creative. It’s been really nice to see everybody.’

‘I’ve really appreciated these sessions because I did miss the people I used to meet, you know, and I still do and this is at least keeping me in touch a bit.’

We know these sessions, and the chance to create together, are so valued and appreciated by those staying at home, and the benefits to health and wellbeing are universally recognised. 

This is going to be a difficult winter for all of us, but for people already experiencing isolation it will be a particular struggle. We want to stay connected and eventually be able to add an in-gallery session so that as many people experiencing loneliness in difficult times can join in, from wherever and in whatever way they can. A weekly letter in the post, the chance to see others on zoom, to chat and share ideas, are a real lifeline for our participants.

‘It’s lovely to see you all. I miss the galleries so much. These events are keeping me in touch. My art-at-home sessions are entirely haphazard, but I love getting the lessons through the post’ 

Tea, Cake & Art needs you to be able to continue this winter. The programme’s funding comes to an end in December. Your contribution, whether it is £6, £60 or £100 will be matched and its value doubled, and your help will support sociable creativity and wellbeing for isolated older people across our community into 2021.

'And I think it’s really nice to see the same faces each week on zoom, every week, there is something lovely about that sort of stability in the week as well.'





This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

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A Sign Of The Times Billboard Poster in a bag

One of our commissioned Sign of the Times limited edition billboard posters, of your choice but subject to availability, in a brilliant yellow Sam Bassett designed Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange tote bag, and a big 'thank you' on the Tea, Cake & Art website.We can also send this lovely thing to a friend as a Christmas gift from you. Check them out here: https://shop.newlynartgallery.co.uk/shop/9

£6 or more

£6 Pay It Forward Tea & Cake

£6 is the equivalent of Tea & Cake for two of our group participants to support their taking part. We will give you a big 'thank you!' on the Tea, Cake & Art webpage https://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/tea-cake-art/

£10 or more

A Brilliant Yellow Samuel Bassett-designed bag

Our gorgeous Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange Sam Bassett bag in brilliant yellow, and a big thank you on our Tea, Cake & Art webpage

£12 or more

Tea & Cake for you and a friend at The Exchange

A voucher for you and a friend to come and enjoy Tea & Cake at the Exchange by 31 March 2021, plus free admission to the exhibitions at The Exchange & Newlyn Art Gallery in the same week, and a big 'thank you' on the Tea, Cake & Art web page. We can also send this voucher to a friend as a Christmas gift from you.

£60 or more

Bag of Art

A delicious cache of art materials: sketchbook, brushes, pencils, postcards and a set of stamps that you might need if you were a Tea, Cake & Arter, all in a brilliant yellow Sam Bassett designed bag. We can, if you wish, send this bag of art to a friend as a Christmas gift from you, or to someone you think would enjoy Tea, Cake & Art with an inivitation to come along! We will also give you a big thank you on the Tea, Cake & Art web page.

£100 or more

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Sponsor a Tea, Cake & Art participant

You will be sponsoring a Tea, Cake & Arter for a year's worth of weekly sociable creativity. You will get a zoom portrait of you made by your sponsored artist, and a huge 'thank you' on the Tea, Cake & Art web page! We can also send this reward to a friend as a Christmas gift from you.

£360 or more

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A Zoom art workshop with artist Alice Mahoney

An afternoon's personalised art workshop with our fantastic Tea, Cake & Art artist Alice Mahoney for up to six participants. You will, like Tea, Cake & Arters, be using matetrials you will have at home, but we will supply anything specialised you will need for the workshop. Date, before 31 March 2021, to be agreed with Alice.https://alicemahoney.com/

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