Tea and Sympathy

Canary Gallery, Karangahape Road, Auckland 

23 November - 3 December, 2005

The Friendly Girls Society was inaugurated with a tea party at the artist run space, Canary Gallery.  Value was given to the notion of ‘friendliness’ by placing it squarely in a gallery context.  On offer was tea, scones, music, kindness and most importantly time.  A conscious effort was made to equally privilege all visitors and to include everyone. 

With this project FGS was exploring the notion of a club.  Elements that identify different groups were borrowed to render a clubroom: including a coat of arms, banners, paintings of honorary members, and inaugural gang patches and tea towels.  The aesthetic was kept deliberately ambiguous to avoid tendering a space onto which people could project fantasies and linear narratives.