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  • Tea, Cake & Art workshop at The Exchange, Penzance
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  • 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

07 Apr — 30 Sep 2020

14:00 — 16:00

Off Site



We will be holding regular weekly sessions, led by artist Alice Mahoney, via Zoom, a free and easy to use software.

If you would like to take part, please email Cat Gibbard who will let you know how to join and what you will need. [email protected]

A paper version of each workshops will be available to those who would prefer it that way.

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.

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 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.

While we are closed to the public we are determined to continue supporting the artists, creative sector and the people of our community. Please become a Supporter, or make a donation to help us do this. All Supporter subscriptions and donations, large or small, will ensure that we can keep offering our audience and our community art that can inspire and drive change.

Thank you for your support.



Following advice from the Government, both our venues are closed as a temporary measure. We will be delivering alternative programmes for as wide an audience as possible during this temporary period of closure, through our website, our social media channels and non-digital means.Join our mailing list to find out more.

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to welcome you to the galleries again very soon.

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: Off Site

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