What Tea Does

Tea offers alternative ways of imaging places



The fluid, richly layered identity of a place is formed by the interweaving of people’s lives with the physical environment and its portrayal.  


Tea’s critical spatial practice investigates the representation of particular places. How a place is seen, known, experienced and imagined are woven together to construct layered ‘maps’ and new narratives.


These reconfigurations critique single purposed portrayals and offer space for reflection and envisioning.


  1. Active occupation of a place

  2. Research, fieldwork, performance, recording, model-making

  3. Dialogue with people with personal or professional relationships to a place  

  4. Exploring the potential of video recording both to reveal and to reconfigure the identity of a place

  5. Site specific installations  



Occupants, users, developers, other professionals, general and art audiences engage with the work at different stages through:

  1. Collaboration

  2. Live events

  3. Installations (site-specific / gallery)

  4. Video (projected / screened)

  5. Publications

  6. Interactive computer program



The contemporary urban environment:

  1. Houses from domestic to grand

  2. Commercial and production premises

  3. Shops, market

  4. Community and cultural facilities

  5. Public spaces, canal-sides, streets

  6. City, region, areas of regeneration


Commissioners and

Collaborators   include:

The South Bank Centre, LIFT, Tate Liverpool,

The Bluecoat,  artranspennine, The Lowry, Cornerhouse, The Whitworth, CUBE, local authorities, a geographer, social scientists, a theatre company.

Work has been seen internationally including in Russia, Finland, Germany, Australia and the USA.                            



Tea has a long-standing professional reputation for:

  1. Imaginative engagement with places

  2. Responding to different contexts

  3. The ability to use space

  4. Working with professionals and the public

  5. Developing new audiences

  6. Alternative forms of public art

  7. Thorough research

  8. Efficient project management

  9. High quality work


Tea welcomes discussions about

potential projects and new collaborations.