Purvai: Visual art: Copan Chai

October - November

Artist Arpita Shah has been working collaboratively with the Purvai team to research the family histories and stories of South Asian families on Lewis and Harris. Through the medium of tea!

The ritual of tea is truly both a Hebridean and Indian cultural practice so what better way to explore and share the stories of these journeys, discussing notions of home, identity and memory, than over a Copan Chai!

The result is fully interactive and operational tea stall which will be launched out and about across the island later this month in time for Diwali.  Diwali workshops will be held at various locations with the Chai tea stall in October- November. Current workshops are at An Lanntair on Thursday 19 October, at Uig Community Centre on Friday 20 October, at the Harris Distillery on Saturday 21 October. The workshop on Thursday 9 November at Comunn Eachdraigh Nis has been cancelled.

Hebrideans be prepared – this Copan contains masala authentic Indian flavour!

During October and November, we will be taking the Chai Stall out and about to community centres and historical societies across the island.

We will have some Informal drop-in workshop activities for visitors and participants of all ages. Masala Chai will be served and visitors will get the chance to make a lantern or some flower decorations – just in time for Diwali celebrations.

The chai stall will be decorated with a display of archival family photographs which have been kindly lent to us by participating families, there will also be an audio loop with personal stories.

Visitors and participants can view, listen and interact with the installation and share their own stories of journey and notions of home all over a Copan Chai!

We would love to collect more stories to continue the project.

If you would like more info, want to contribute a story or book us to come to your community centre or Historical society please do contact; Catherine@Lanntair.com