Tea, Cake & Art

  • Image: Tea, Cake & Art in The Engine Room at The Exchange
  • Image: Tea, Cake & Art in The Engine Room at The Exchange
  • Image: Tea, Cake & Art in The Engine Room at The Exchange
  • Image: Tea, Cake & Art in The Engine Room at The Exchange

12 Sep — 19 Dec 2023

14:00 — 16:00

Online & The Engine Room, The Exchange


Tea, Cake & Art is a creative social for older people, particularly those living alone or living with anxiety, who would like to meet and spend time with others and explore a range of creative activities together.

Tea, Cake & Art takes place in our newly redeveloped studio space The Engine Room at The Exchange and we continue to offer blended access, linking people taking part in person with those participating from their homes, via Zoom. The in-person participants will be treated to tea and cake in addition to the creative activity!

If you have any questions about Tea, Cake & Art or want to take part, please contact Bettina by email [email protected] or call 01736 363715.

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Tea, Cake & Art has been an amazing success since its launch in April 2019, with more than 30 older people regularly attending, making friends and socialising, as well as discovering, and rediscovering, creative skills and a confidence they didn’t know they had.

In times of hardship, we don’t want to cut back on this weekly social for people who feel isolated. They gain emotional wellbeing and physical benefit from spending time with others, making new friends through art and creativity, and the demand is growing. We want to double up with a second session on Tuesday mornings in the new year, and support TWICE the number of people needing connections that matter in their lives. And we need your help to do this! Your contribution: £10, £25, £100 or any amount you wish, will go directly towards serving a double helping of Tea, Cake & Art to those who need it most.

Thank you for your support.




When and where does it happen?

Tuesday afternoons – in The Engine Room at The Exchange, or by Zoom.

If you attend the in-gallery sessions, you agree to being broadcast to participants at home and in the room for the duration of the session. We will also occasionally take photos to promote the aims of the gallery programme.

Who will be leading the sessions?

The sessions are informally led by Bettina Wenzel, the gallery’s Programme Producer. Bettina will occasionally invite artists or makers to talk about their work and lead on activities.

What are the activities?

Themes and activities are inspired by the gallery’s exhibition programme and by the participants’ own interests. Previously, we have explored printmaking, weaving, drawing, painting, 3D work, collage and sound. We also plan to go on some local fieldtrips, which may include practical workshops inspired by the location.

Do I need to know about art?

You don’t need to know anything about art, and you don’t need to have any experience in making art. Tea, Cake & Art is about enjoyment and discovering new things as a group. Being open and curious is all that is required.

Do I have to pay, book or bring anything?

This group is free to join, and materials will be provided for those taking part in person. Those taking part via Zoom are encouraged to use materials they might have at home, such as pens, papers, coloured pencils or felt tip pens, inks or paints and brushes and materials from their recycling. You can use whatever you have.

Tea, Cake & Art is an ongoing project without a set end date so you can join at any time.

Participants will be asked to complete a feedback form on joining and then again every six months.

Who is eligible to take part in Tea, Cake & Art?

Tea, Cake & Art is for older people who feel isolated or lonely or who suffer with anxiety. We accept self-referrals as well as referrals through social prescribing.

Do I have to come every week?

You don’t have to take part every week, but it would be great if you did! The more often you come the more you will get out of it.

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