It means more because you made it yourself

Brockley Stone Circle, Moonlight - by Leo Stevenson, one of the gallery's member artists

Brockley will get an early Christmas present this year, when the long-awaited Tea Factory gallery opens for business.

After 14 months of hard work by volunteers (and the occasional setback), the Tea Leaf Arts group will open the 65 square-metre exhibition space to the public on December 6th at 10am.

The gallery will be run as a co-operative, staffed by members, meaning that visitors will be able to discuss the work on display with the creators.

45 comments:

The Cat Man said...

Absolutely amazing. Well done for all those involved in this.

Just goes to show - Brockley continues to shine through the economic slump, through hard work and sheer determination Tea Leaf arts have done themselves and the Brockley community proud!

Q: Are paintings on display for sale?

Anonymous said...

Oh bother! If I had known about it two days ago I could have put a mention into the Hilly Telegraph that's coming out next week.
Alas, I am elsewhere that Saturday but will come along to visit soon.

Tamsin said...

Sorry - that wasn't meant to be anonymous.

Headhunter said...

That's the same weekend as the Cockpit Arts Open Studios in Deptford (5th to 7th Dec I think). Make it an artsy weekend!

Tamsin said...

It is, indeed, and I heard about them in time. Also, less artsy, the Edmund Waller Christmas Fair.
This weekend the Vesta Road Nature Reserve has an open day on Saturday - but the forecast is not looking too good.

Anonymous said...

Do those of us in the consov' area get the Hilly Telegraph? If not, why not?

drakefell debaser said...

Consov area has its own newsletter.

Tamsin, any chance the news lettter could be delivered down Drakfell Rd?

Anonymous said...

We get a mung bean eaters newsletter if thats what you mean :-(

drakefell debaser said...

no naked models then?

Tamsin said...

I'll ask the delivery people to do Drakefell. I certainly regard that as part of Telegraph Hill. It is a bit hit and miss where the borders are seen.
The Brockley Conservation Area gets its own newsletter from the Broc. Soc.

drakefell debaser said...

Thanks Tamsin, much appreciated.

Hugh said...

Will they serve decent coffee? Will it be full of colt-limbed Goldsmiths birds and stocky mid-thirties media guys with shavn heads wearing baggy jeans over green parkas with fake fur hood trimming?

drakefell debaser said...

Colt limbed – great description.

I think the green parkas with the fake fur are now ‘so last year darling’.

Not proper Brockley said...

Also, as far as memory serves me, the baggy jeans were never worn over the parkas. Generally under them if anything.

Headhunter said...

Watch out, Hugh's on heat again... Coffee-wise I'd stick to that Gaggia you've got at home, Hugh

Headhunter said...

I think you're more likely to see blokes wearing those spray on jeans which only come halfway up the butt cheeks with the crotch somewhere just above the knees.

God I hate that look, nothing could ever convince me to wedge myself into a pair of jeans 10 sizes too tight and then have them so low over my @rse that I can barely walk. It just looks soooo ridiculous, but each to their own.

Anonymous said...

I still think Hugh is an adolescent attempting a wind up.

The Cat Man said...

Tamsin,

I really enjoyed the newsletter that was delivered down Revelon Road last time, are the distributers set to contine including that little enclave of streets?

Must admit, havn't seen one for a few mths now.

drakefell debaser said...

Don’t forget the large patent leather shoes that you have to wear with your skinny jeans and a smart white shirt that is not ironed. Top it off with a scarf with a pattern matching the mujahidin and you could be on your way to joining The Kooks.

Anonymous said...

Proper fur is back in now, actually

fred vest said...

"and a smart white shirt that is not ironed"

thin black leather tie as well and a trilby

Not proper Brockley said...

i found one o those mujahideen scarfs the other day in the pub. it is very warm

Tamsin said...

Cat Man, flattery will get you everywhere, or at least a newsletter.
A couple of issues back it was distributed to those streets (on the initiative of the distributor guys) because the first Telegraph Hill Ward Assembly was in the school on Revelon Road. You have prompted me to think, though, that this time we should deliver there as well since you are in St. Catherine's Parish and we are publishing the Christmas Service times. As it is being printed as we write I have gone out on a limb and ordered an extra 1000 copies for you folks down south.
Hope I don't get my wrists slapped for the extra costs!

lb said...

"thin black leather tie as well and a trilby"

And a pair of sunglasses with luridly-coloured plastic frames, as previously only worn by small children on holiday circa 1983.

Anonymous said...

Live on Saint Asaph road and used to get the Hilly Telegraph but don't recall getting one for November... hope you guys still deliver down here, found it very useful.

drakefell debaser said...

Tamsin, it’s about time the Telegraph Hill Society embraces the darkside. No one else wants to it seems. Instead we are ridiculed and deemed to be an underclass of tree urinating hobbits that feast on the remnants of chicken bones discarded by the upper classes of the east. All this abuse yet my fine Victorian conversion is but 5 minutes walk from a park with a view of Big Ben. Please do write to us so that we too may feel special and are able to follow what goes on around Telegraph Hill.

The Cat Man said...

oh thanks tamsin! Just out of interest, how much do you think it would cost to ensure the wider delivery to st catherines parish? This is exactly the type of thing the localities fund would be useful for

The Cat Man said...

has anyone initiated a survey of darkside residents if they want to join the the telegraph hill conservation area?

Tamsin said...

There was a consultation a year or so ago http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/8BEC7E62-E209-4C71-A75D-F844382A4CB4/0/TelegraphHillConsultationStatement210108.pdf
but it looks like they only asked the people within the Conservation Area! However expansion to include the South East was specifically considered but rejected on the historic grounds of the homongenous Haberdashers driven development that gives the north side it's distinctive character.
The Hilly Telegraph, though, is not a feature of the Telegraph Hill Society, or the conservation area. Logically it should include St. Catherine's Parish and we can look to do so in the future.
But both the society and the Conservation Area do, I think, embrace Drakefell Road. You may piddle on trees but you have beautifully decorated wheelie-bins and very pretty area steps.

The Cat Man said...

Thanks for the info Tamsin.

I'll try and attend the local assembly meeting and try and put something on the agenda.

drakefell debaser said...

I am not sure we necessarily need to be part of a conservation area as such and not being in one does provide an element of freedom as far as regeneration goes. I would like to receive the newsletter so I can keep abreast of what is going on around me and take part in things of interest.

Tamsin, I checked with the council to see if I fell into the TH Conservation Area and was told no so I don’t know if it only covers a part of Drakefell – I am at the Brockley end on the south side so maybe who ever drew the line ran out of ink. Do you have a map of the area on a link you can post?

Drakefell Rd is cool and despite the rumours I haven't seen any one wee on a tree - I think that must be further south. I wish the road diggers would leave now though. At half 7 this morning there was a chap with a road impact device gunning for it, if I worked shifts I would be livid.

Tamsin said...

Page 19 / 21 of this document gives an interesting map of the Conservation Area boundaries overlaid on the Haberdashers Estate as this bit of it was in the 1870s - with an explanation of the odd little extra bits included in the CA.
http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/9C52B3FA-DD44-4915-A548-24EE3DCCC758/0/TelegrapghHillwebversion.pdf
Or feed "Telegraph Hill conservation area character appraisal" into "a well-known search engine" and you'll get a link.
South east Drakefell was not owned by Haberdashers, but by Anne Drake.

Tamsin said...

Back to an earlier comment and the original thread. The following weekend is all artsy as well. I've just received notification from the ARtHouse in Lewisham Way that they are open with a special market and sales event 11 to 6 on 13th and 14th December.

drakefell debaser said...

Thanks Tamsin, I am about 20 or so houses away going by that so the council was right. At least the council was right...silver cloud etc.

Maradoll said...

Please don't forget the Brockley Christmas market too on 13 December by Brockley station - it's been really busy in our house making stuff!

Nosey said...

Maradoll what will you be selling? Edible or displayable stuff?

Tamsin said...

I haven't. That and Ladywell DID get into the Hilly Telegraph.

Anonymous said...

I live in the Brockley C-zone and I demand to be part of the Telegraph zone as well.

Tamsin said...

The way to schizophrenia and double the restrictions!

Anonymous said...

These comments are too friendly. The public demand more Brockley related internet arguments!

mg said...

I have one of Maradoll's brilliant handbags! Got it at South Bank Frost Fair before I knew she was a fellow Brockleyite. It always gets admired.

Tamsin said...

Wow! love the stone circle picture that has just gone up. Looks totally primeaval, not just eight years old!

Headhunter said...

Leo's house had a lot of paintings of the stone circle during the Open Studios, I really like his stuff. There's one particular painting he did of Canary Wharf from Hilly Fields in autumn/winter. It's painted in intricate detail with perspective compressed as if it's a photo take through a strong telephoto lens. the detail makes it look like a Canaletto. He's priced it at about £6k coz I don't think he really wants to sell it yet, but it is brilliant.

There's another one, as yet unfinished, of Concorde and the Red Arrows passing over London during the Golden Jubilee. It was unfinished in 07 and again in 08! He needs to get a shift on...

Maradoll said...

Thank you for the compliment MG :) I'm really please that you like my bag!

Nosey - I've got santa sacks, Christmas stockings, Oyster card holders, lavender sachets and bags for sale at the Brockley Christmas market.

I've been really busy sewing vintage buttons onto my Oyster card holders. So you can get an idea of the stuff at my stall - here is a link to the buttonless Handmade Oyster Card wallets.

Looking forwards to the market and getting involved locally :)

Hugh said...

Those Oyster holders are cool. Nice one.

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