In late 2020 Love Arts artist Sandy Holden was approached by Temple Newsam House; they were interested in working with Love Arts and local creative people during their Tea Festival, coming in October 2021.
They welcomed Sandy's proposal to create a textile-based exhibition to display alongside other tea-related objects held in collection at The House. Sandy placed a call out on social media platforms inviting people to join her in knitting, crocheting or sewing Afternoon Tea themed items: sponge cakes, sandwiches, biscuits, cupcakes, scones, and all kinds of wonderful things.
The response was amazing and Sandy recalls how lovely it has been to be met with such enthusiasm and passion and a willingness to contribute to a local arts project.
“All the work that has been submitted is just beautiful. It has been amazing to bring over 70 creative people together, especially during lockdown when so many people have been affected by the Covid restrictions. I would like to think that this project has been a welcome distraction. It has helped people to feel connected with others and part of something positive. Hopefully it has has benefited people's mental wellbeing. I have met with some of the people who contributed - they helped to install the hundreds of pieces that were made. Some were able to come along to the mini-launch event. However, there are many more that I have not yet met in person but hope to now that there are fewer restrictions - and we can plan to work face to face on new Love Arts Projects”
The variety of work displayed and the attention to detail is amazing and it is well worth visiting. It is sure to get you inspired to get creative - and maybe even have a go at knitting, crocheting or sewing. Temple Newsam House and the Estate are really beautiful and a lovely place to spend a summers day relaxing and having fun and also enjoy looking at art made by people living in the area.