TEA Project

Residents of our Dora House sheltered scheme were involved in an innovative arts project which saw their communal lounge converted into a beautiful pop-up tea room. Members of the public visited Dora House between June 21st and 23rd to enjoy a delicious selection of tea, cakes and scones and see a moving drama performance based around memories of afternoon tea. The six-week ‘TEA’ project was the result of a partnership between Central & Pop-up tea roomCecil, renowned theatre company Complicite and installation artist, Geraldine Pilgrim.

During the project residents shared memories and favourite recipes, working with young chefs to create a menu that could be enjoyed by paying visitors. The Dora House lounge was then transformed by professional artists into an elegant tea room with muslin curtains, beautifully patterned wallpaper and painted wood panelling. A disused downstairs kitchen has also been restored and brought back into use.

‘TEA’ was funded by the Baring Foundation and the Blue Door Foundation.

In October 2012 TEA won the award in the Improving Neighbourhoods category of the National Housing Federation's Community Impact Awards


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