Anthony Jennison is a British artist from the North East. His practice is informed by objects that encompass ‘tradition' and the performance of 'ritual'. Specifically, it refers to objects that play a role in the production of social rituals, in order to communicate greater political commentary through congregational activities.
'Tea Cosy' 2020.
'Tea Cosy (Construction)' 2020.
The design is a large scale hand-knitted Tea cosy structure, that will embark on a nationwide tour of 35 towns and cities in local Working Mens Clubs, vacant retail premises and community centres, where DIY workshops will take place. Working collaboratively with local charities, the aim is to re-ignite community foundations and signpost NHS services to those who feel unheard. Each location has an allocated charity or group that will participate on the day. We will work together to build the dome and practice DIY such as painting, wallpapering and up-cycling furniture.
Generations of working class men have attended WM clubs to relax after work, and popularity was high
during the mining and steel industries of the late 20th century. Many older working men come to the club to escape loneliness, but it is never discussed. Many WM clubs are members only and closed off from the wider community, which can increase isolation. Therefore, the tea cosy would encourage members to be aware of the signs that someone is struggling and that it is okay to talk.