Future of Tea Leaf Arts in the balance

The community art gallery at The Tea Factory faces a race against time to secure its future before the end of this year.

When the Tea Factory was redeveloped two years ago, Tea Leaf Arts were given the gallery space for free for a limited period, as part of the terms of the developer's Section 106 agreement. That period expires at the end of December and unless a solution is found, the gallery will close.

The options include finding enough sources of income to pay rent on commercial terms or persuading the landlord that a peppercorn rent is better than no rent at all.

In any case, please show your support for the gallery by attending one of the upcoming events, which include exhibitions by local artists and art workshops. Click here to see the programme or join them on Friday night for the Exhibition Opening and Poetry Open Mic Event, 7.30-9.30pm. They say:

Alarms and Excursions in association with PLATFORM-7 will be hosting a wordfeast of communication as part of the exhibition on Friday 29th October from 8pm. Served with poetry spices, prose puree and rhyme jelly dessert all with stimulating monologue from whoever happens to be there – FREE