Tea Universe
Giles Bailey

New domestic rituals made with people in Whitley Bay

Giles Bailey has worked with people living in Whitley Bay to create new domestic rituals for Tea Universe. These acts involving gestures, words, or objects, performed according to a set sequence, were developed in workshops that considered how rituals are part of daily life and an important way we make meaning. In different ways they explore how the home can become a site for rites of passage, dedications, oaths of allegiance or actions that neutralise anxiety.

Giles collected the scores for these actions into a booklet, and he developed some of these into Tea Universe Boxes. These boxes are kits that provide everything that is needed and the instructions for each ritual. To share these, Giles visited peoples homes in Whitley Bay to perform these actions and invite people to particapte in them.