The Tea Factory Gallery, Brockley Cross

On its opening day, the gallery showed off a range of work by its 20+ founding members.

The artwork on display ranged from photography to sculpture and the resulting effect was fairly messy, but going forward, each artist will have a slot to exhibit their work in full.

On the day, there wasn't much to our taste but there was one piece that we liked the look of, at a pretty reasonable price.

The gallery itself is very handsome although the propensity for people to park right in front of the windows spoils the effect somewhat.

43 comments:

nobbly brick said...

I'm looking forward to going there, I've got money to spend, I sincerely hope they can extract it from me.

Mungalow said...

Will a selection of refreshments be made available?

Matt said...

So it opened? nice of them to let people know. Typical 'killer' publicity and marketing skills that we've come to expect from businesses in Brockley like the Holistic centre and Dandelion blue.

Brockley Nick said...

Matt, there was an article about the opening date on here the other day.

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Hugh said...

What was the talent like?

Anonymous said...

Too old for you mate, 16.

Hugh said...

Legal then.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have to keep an eye on that kind of things usually. Manage to stay just the right side of the law?

Matt said...

Nick, this is no criticism of you but the article you mention was last month and it didn't clearly state Tea Factory Gallery Opening on X.

It's not down to you to have to publicise this place, given that they have my email address, could have sent a message through. Look at how the people who are trying to save the Rivoli have organised themselves.

The Gallery has opened where are the pictures?


Their website isn't updated. The whole thing is kind of slack. People will lose interest very fast if this continues. This should have been something exciting for a large section of Brockley. Instead it's just brought out the resigned cynicism.

Anonymous said...

There were a lot of people there for the opening private view on Fri night and I think that it looks great - the mixture of works (and prices) means that it doesn't appear intimidating to those wanting to browse - and the selection of cards etc by the artists means that a little bit of the work is affordable to everyone. I'm not suprised that updating the website was probably not on the top of the agenda in comparison with actually getting the gallery open.

Anonymous said...

anyway I don't want Matt means - I've just checked their website and on the front page it gives the opening date and time

http://tea-leaf-arts.com/TeaLeafArts/Welcome%20to%20Tea%20Leaf%20Arts.html

nobbly brick said...

I'm wondering what time it opens during the week... another omission from the website.

I went over to the Stark Gallery on Saturday. I've been there a few times in the past and bought one or two odd things, mostly cheap craft-type things.

But this time I was hugely disappointed. Their paintings are never up to much but this time they had reached new lows in banality. I was trying very hard to actually like *something*. Some of the pottery was OK but as soon as it was out of that environment i could see it deflating like a punctured balloon. Jewelery is just jewelery.

But, as I said, the paintings were, without exception, abysmal.

I don't know why these places, with quite a lot of room to show things, can't put on something slightly more challenging. Perhaps they just can't attract good artists.

That said, I'm still optimistic about Tea Leaf - I'm going to try and get across there today.

Anonymous said...

why are people in Brockley so negative about EVERYTHING! Or is it just this blog - it's such a disappointment. It's almost like you are willing everything to fail.

Comment Sense said...

They are not, they want things to succeed. How about you look at the glass and see it as half full.
People are commenting because they care.

nobbly brick said...

What would you do if you opened a retail establishment a couple of weeks before Xmas?

Open up as much as possible to take advantage of the season and that you've just got word around that you've finally opened after a long and tricky gestation period?

Not so Tea Leaf Arts

Monday...closed

Tuesday...closed

Wednesday...closed

I looked through the inviting security grilles and it had all the appeal of a library reading room circa 1975

ah well

Lets not be negative about these things...

Anonymous said...

This place needs help.

nobbly brick said...

With 20+ members I would have thought they'd have all the help they would need for the time being.

Anonymous said...

The article says the display was messy. They need help from people who know how to run a successful gallery.

nobbly brick said...

ditto

Brockley Nick said...

To clarify, I think the artwork was competently displayed, it's simply that (for understandable reasons) it was work from 20+ artists all at the same time, which meant that the overall effect was a bit messy.

If you have a smallish space and need to accommodate a load of completely different work, I think it's probably unavoidable.

Anyway, I agree with Comment Sense that most of the comments on this site are generally meant as constructive criticism, but sometimes I think people should consider the tone of voice with which they write.

Monkeyboy said...

Is it not run by volunteers, a co-op type arrangement?

Anonymous said...

Whatever the arrangement you have to have people who know what they are doing or who can learn fast otherwise the buisness will fail. I'm sure no one wants that.

Anonymous said...

Must admit I did laugh at the "every day - closed"

nobbly brick said...

Perhaps, anon 17:47, you should offer your services, you seem to know what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is that I have...

nobbly brick said...

I see, and it was rejected?

Jt said...

Why buy art?

Does the Tea Factory Gallery answer this question?

nobbly brick said...

One buys it so one can enjoy it.

I don't buy it if I don't like it or can't afford it.

If I had lots of money I'd buy lots (of things I'd like to look at), and when I was bored wit it I sell it on at (hopefully) a profit

But most of the above is in the realms of my fantasy.

nobbly brick said...

Still no news (of opening hours at least) on their website - knowing that it takes downwards of five minutes to make a change to a website I wonder whats causing a lack of impetus.

Anonymous said...

The Opening Times are
Thursday - Sunday 10-6

Monkeyboy said...

Popped in today. Some nice stuff but I've got nothing intelligent to say about it other then some of the stuff might look quiet nice hanging on my wall. Got a bit of a blind spot when it comes to visual art.


[Today I'm roasting fennel with a little balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and olive oil. To go with some chicken cooked with a glass of wine and some mustard. Just thought you ought to know]

The Cat Man said...

yuck

Monkeyboy said...

Yes, it is a little adult in it's sophistication. What are you tucking into? Fish fingers chips and peas? time to grow up young man.

The Cat Man said...

I prefer chicken 'n' chips - god, you really arn't local, are you?

Tamsin said...

Monkeyboy was just laying claim to a talent in gastromic art having self-deprecatingly denied any such such expertise in, or even appreciation of, visual art.

I'm with nobbly brick in that I would buy what I can afford and what I want to live with. Unfortunately I don't get to the stage of letting go and selling it on so I am rather short of wall space.

On the gastromic side things are much more pedestrian but this last week I got some melt-in-the-mouth steak from J. Andrews down towards Sundridge Park (on the way back from Bromley Market - the advantage of working in Catford, rather than up in town), and Wellbeloved (butcher AND grazier) sold me some excellent braising beef yesterday. Stew today in my slow cooker and then re-vamped under a pie crust towards the middle of the week...
(The Deptford Deli seemed to have a healthy number of customers sitting at its tables when I popped in, too.)

Monkeyboy said...

I finished off with an embarrassing number of chocolate digestives and a mug of tea.

And honestly it was not self deprecation, oooohhhhh that's nice is the sum total of my critical method.

Tamsin said...

Oh dear, tea and bikkis (and presumably tea in a mug rather than bone china) rather damages the image of a sophisticated gastronome.

Headhunter said...

Not on the predictable post Christmas detox and fitness regime then Monkeyboy? Seriously though, good for you. Stay out of the gym. It seems worse than usual this year with the number of new people at gyms trying to work off Christmas indulgences at an all time high. I actually had to queue to use some of the weights apparatus at The Arches in Greenwich last week. V annoying.

Monkeyboy said...

Well I did go for a run on Saturday honest.

The skin tight Nike leggins were a bit more restrictive than normal I must admit. Must have shrunk in the wash.....can Lycra shrink?

Headhunter said...

Hmmm, no. Perhaps you've got more muscle-bound?

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