• Rose Wylie, History Painting at The Exchange, summer 2018. Photo: Steve Tanner.

  • Photo: Steve Tanner

  • Photo: Steve Tanner

  • Photo: Steve Tanner

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It has been such a pleasure to share Tuesday afternoons with our Tea, Cake & Art group since it started last year.

Tea, Cake & Art has been running since April 2019 with the support of our visitors and donors, as well as the funders below. We have been able to offer painting and drawing, printmaking, textiles, ceramics and model-making to older people living alone. We know that Tea, Cake & Art sessions bring health and wellbeing benefits to a sometimes isolated group of people, and we are very aware that the current coronavirus crisis is having a profound impact on already-isolated people.

I’m quite anxious, and missing the Tea, Cake & Art session and the regular contact, I’m interested in Zoom – I’ve heard about schools using it to teach students at home.  I’ll need some help to get going!

We are working hard to keep the all-important contact going within the group, and we have asked artist Alice Mahoney to design a series of workshops we can run via Zoom, and can also send out as a paper version to those with no internet access. We had our first Zoom and first postal Tea, Cake & Art at the end of March, and it’s proving a popular session (as well as a technical challenge overcome) for everyone. If you, or someone you know, would like to take part, please email Cat Gibbard who will let you know how to join and what you will need. [email protected]

I would like to have projects sent by post and, I would like to try them online. Your ideas on keeping Tea, Cake and Art going like this is brill!

Staying connected to the more isolated sections of our community has been a priority during lockdown, and your support has allowed us to offer important social creativity both digitally and by post. Please consider making a donation to help us do this. All subscriptions and donations, large or small, will ensure that we can keep offering our audience and our communities, art and activities that can inspire and change things for the better.

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Project funders: Pender Law Solicitors, BBC Radio Cornwall, Cornwall Community Foundation, People’s Postcode Lottery, the Santander Foundation and Councillor Jim McKenna’s Community Chest and many visitors and online donors.

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