The Empress Tea Room

Artvehicle 20/Recommended

7th July 2007 — 22nd July 2007

Shows by Marcia Farquhar, Paula Kane, Aura Satz, The Society of Wonders, Ludovica Gioscia, Bonnie Camplin, Today is Boring

Workshops for Children from the House of Fairytales: Josie Barnard, Gavin Turk, Deborah Curtis & Amber Trentham, Claudia Boulton, Matthew Jenkins

A Tea Room opens for the duration of the Spice Festival, presenting amongst the tea and cakes, a confection of specially commissioned artwork that imparts a certain theatricality. Please check the website for full details

Some of the fun events still to come include:

The Society of Wonders - The Punch & Judy Project - Saturday 14 July, 7:30pm
Whales, snakes, the sea; half remembered biblical tales become new stories, set to an operetta performed on a small harmonium and borrowing the form of a traditional Punch & Judy show.

Ludovica Gioscia - Highway E154 - Thursday 19 July, 6 - 9pm
Trundling around the Tea Room, with various degrees of speed and enthusiasm, will be a series of über-embellished remote control objects - a tea set, perhaps a doughnut. Hyper-baroque, Gioscia's work is a collision of aesthetics, eras and ideas, which stubbornly disallows the notion of décor as background.

Bonnie Camplin - Summer Goats - Friday 20 July, 6 - 9pm
Bonnie Camplin and Susanne Oberbeck (No Bra) go head to head in a darts tournament. It will be a highly ritualised event that pays specific attention to the details of televised darts: that, in this context, become a creepily exaggerated caricature.

Today is Boring - Film Programme - Saturday 21 July, 11am - 9pm
This, the very first specialist Arthouse video store in the East End, presents a selection of obscure and re-discovered treasures that explore a light-hearted internationalism, provocative global consciousness, and real and imaginary worlds.


The Empress Tea Room
Spice House
270 Mare Street
London E8 1HE

Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm