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Manhole Tea Ceremony

Manhole Tea Ceremony
Satur Chong

Zone 5

25 Thurloe St, South Kensington, London SW7 2LQ, UK



Performance on 24th June at 1pm and 3pm



The Manhole Tea Set is a performance piece where the artist, Satur Chong, and random members of the public are invited to sit down around a manhole, in a pretend ceremony of drinking tea.

A tea set installed on a chosen manhole cover in South Kensington and in Battersea RCA Campus, both the teapot and 2 cups having a matte black texture and the same pattern as the manhole cover – that includes the triangular patterns and the iconic 'heart shape' in the middle of the manhole cover. The addition of this teapot and cups visually turns the manhole cover underneath them into the tea tray of the 'Manhole Tea Set'.

Satur Chong is a Malaysian artist currently studying at The Royal College of Art, in London. Her practice and research continually focus on exploring the relationship between individual-perspective jewelry as an intimate object and macro-perspective public art. Her recent artworks included mix-media wearable objects, crafts objects, and public installations in various sites for example lifts, streets, and toilets, in pursuit of an interactive, relational, and communication-provoking art form.

24 June
30-minute performances at 1 pm + 3 pm

South Kensington
A manhole next to the Plinth Gallery
25 Thurloe St, South Kensington, London SW7 2LQ

1 + 2 July
30-minute performances at 1 pm + 3 pm
RCA Battersea Campus as part of the Artist's Graduate Show
Riverside, 1 Hester Rd, London SW11 4AY


The KCAW Public Art Trail creates ambitious temporary installations across our area of West London. KCAW runs an annual OPEN CALL for artists, creative organisations, and curators to submit artworks to be displayed in a variety of public spaces for one month or longer during the summer.

Over a million visitors engage with ART TRAIL per week during the summer and the project would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, partners and art committee.


The Open Call entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel that changes every year and with reference to this year’s overarching theme: The Art Of Change.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” - Socrates.

Progress is impossible without change, the alternative is stagnation.

The key lies in embracing this reality and even seeking it, in order to access the unimaginable. Change is a moment of bravery and action, the moment to embrace the flow of chance - that’s the moment of freedom, the feeling of change in the air.

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