Time for a cuppa in gallery display

A VISIT to a local gallery could leave you thirsty for more in its latest display.

Woodend Art and Craft Gallery’s latest exhibition celebrates that Great British Institution, the humble cup of tea, featuring sculptures, textiles, oil paintings and photographs relating to our favourite drink.

Works by professional artists Helaina Sharpley, Martin Sadler, Lynn Setterington and Hannah Webster cover everything from tea and tea drinking, including teacups and saucers, afternoon teas, tea sets and tea parties in the display which runs until June 28.

The exhibition has also proved thirsty work for the local community who have brewed up their own colourful creations which can be seen.

Artist Jane Poulton co-ordinated the project, running workshops and encouraging members of the public to submit their own decorated teacups to create the display.

Promoter Wendy Clews said: “It’s fantastic, we have got hundreds of tea cups designed and decorated by a whole range of people in town; from children to youth groups, people with learning disabilities, even we’ve had a go.

“There are amazing designs from Daleks to Royal Wedding cups and even a full tea set made from icing.”

The tea theme is running through various exhibitions and workshops with North Yorkshire Open Studios and follows on from its previous knitted exhibition.

Mrs Clews added: “It’s a great British institution so we decided to get the community involved to design their teacups, it’s definitely worth a look.”

A display of ceramics and other crafts in Woodend’s foyer craft showcase complement the main exhibition.

Mrs Clews also thanked staff at Filey Library for their support in hosting workshops, and Scarborough Training Centre and Support For Carers for their enthusiasm.

Admission to all parts of the exhibition is free.