Storm in a Teacup is one of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s major exhibitions for 2015.
The exhibition reflects upon tea drinking in Australia.
Beginning with well-known paintings of the afternoon tea table from E. Phillips Fox and Arthur Streeton, the exhibition goes on to explore the darker side of tea drinking and the social and environmental impacts of the humble cup of tea.
Michael Cook’s Object (table), 2015, provides an alternative history to the narrative of colonialism while Sharon West and Adam Hill both use humour to subvert colonial understandings of the afternoon tea party as an occasion of refined gentility.
Storm in a Teacup features paintings, works on paper, photographs, ceramics, sculpture and installation by 34 artists, including Charles Blackman, Julia deVille, Julie Dowling, E. Phillips Fox, Rosalie Gascoigne, Adam Hill, Danie Mellor, Darren Siwes and Anne Zahalka.
A range of special events accompany the exhibition, including a Curator’s Talk, with drinks and nibbles, on Thursday August 13 from 5pm-6.30pm (members $15, guests $18) and the Flying Bookworm Theatre Company presents a pantomime for 5-10 year olds on Saturday September 26 from 10.30am-12.30pm (children $15, adults $5).
The Gallery’s self-serve café has been transformed into a 19th century tea exchange. Enjoy a range of Mornington-based Bespoke Tea and scones, jam and cream available 11am-4pm on Sundays.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Tuesday to Sunday 10am–5pm
A: Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington