Tea, Cake & Art

  • Image: Photo: Steve Tanner
  • Image: Photo: Steve Tanner
  • Tea, Cake & Art workshop at The Exchange, Penzance
    Image: Tea, Cake & Art workshop
  • Tea, Cake & Art workshop at The Exchange, Penzance
    Image: Tea, Cake & Art workshop
  • Tea, Cake & Art workshop at The Exchange, Penzance
    Image: Tea, Cake & Art workshop

09 Apr 2019 — 31 Mar 2020

14:00 — 16:00

The Exchange


Tea, Cake & Art is a creative social group for older people, particularly those living alone, who would like to meet and spend time with others.

Join us for a cuppa, a chat and a little art on Tuesday afternoons in The Exchange Cafe.

FREE, all welcome. See Read More below for FAQs


Tea, Cake & Art has been an amazing success since its launch in April 2019, with more than 40 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.

We are currently fundraising to extend and expand Tea, Cake & Art into 2020-21 to accommodate increasing numbers, but also those with different needs, and the Christmas Campaign in Dec 2019 was successful in raising £2,000 towards our target of £8,000. Please consider supporting Tea, Cake & Art in 2020.

Thank you for your support.

Who is it for?

The group is for people aged over 65 who would like to meet and spend time with others in a creative and sociable atmosphere.

When and where does it happen?

Tuesday afternoons in The Exchange Café
When you arrive, speak to one of our volunteers at the front desk and they will direct you to the café.

What will I get out of it?

We hope that by coming you will:

  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Be inspired by the exhibitions.
  • Enjoy exploring different themes and ideas with others, through talking and making.
  • Learn about art and artists and how they make their work.
  • Be supported to try out new creative activities.

What might I expect to be doing?

We will have tours of the exhibitions and relaxed conversations about their themes over tea and cake. These themes will then feed into the activities we do.

Activities could include drawing, photography, print-making, weaving, and making as well as story-telling, poetry and even singing! The idea is that over time the group decides what they would like to do and suggests activities.

Do I need any previous experience of art?

You do not need any previous experience of art – either making it or looking at it! You don’t even have to have been to The Exchange before, in fact, we would love to welcome new visitors to the gallery.

All activities will be suitable for complete beginners.

Who will be leading the sessions?

The sessions will be informally led by Megan Beck who is the gallery's Community Engagement Programmer. Megan has taught a range of art and design classes in Adult and Community Education and has run a variety of arts projects in different places.

Sometimes, other artists and makers will visit the group to talk about their work and lead some activities. The sessions will also be supported by one of our fantastic volunteers.

Do I have to pay, book or bring anything?

This group is free to join and all materials will be provided. You don’t have to book in advance and you don’t have to bring anything - just come along.

Do I have to come every week?

You don’t have to come every week, but it would be great if you did!

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Venue: The Exchange
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Open: Tuesday–Saturday 10.00–17.00
Closed: Sunday & Monday

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