11:00 – 15:00





A timely discussion on tea as a global culture and global artistic/philosophic tradition that unites all cultures, all people. The symposium follows a dynamic format. Academic presentations are punctuated by tea ritual, performance and tea flowing from pot to audience.


Cost: Free 
Where: Radford Auditorium, behind the Art Gallery of South Australia 



"…linger in the foolishness of beautiful things.” by Lesley Kehoe BA MA FRAS

Lesley Kehoe talks on: "…linger in the foolishness of beautiful things.” Here is an expert insight into the art of combining objects and poetry in a tea gathering, known as 'tori-awase'. As one of the foremost authorities on old and new Japanese art, Lesley's presentation promises rare insights into an obscure aspect of tea gatherings, normally visible only to initiates. Lesley's ideas will surely have far-reaching implications to how we surround ourselves with objects, art and poetry, towards a deeper knowledge of our world and our selves. 


"Rikyu Has Left the Tearoom" by Adam Wojciński

Adam Wojciński talks on "Rikyu Has Left the Chashitsu", an historical analysis of tea culture during Rikyu's time and its relevance for modern tea practice. Drawing from his research into the early tea manuscripts of Rikyu and Furuta Oribe, Adam shows that early tea practice was the polar opposite of the rigid systems in place today. Tea was originally a unique hybrid of esoteric meditation, long durational, participatory and performance art, along with a balancing 'drinks with friends' vibe. The unifying aim was emancipation of spirit. Adam argues that tea practice in our time should be 'global from scratch', informed by an active study of the early tea manuscripts, largely untouched by formal tea schools.  

Word Tea Gathering Artists Talk

All Word Tea Gathering artists talk about their individual practice with audience questions. Artists are:


Mai Ueda

Yumi Umiumare

Ying Le

Erika Kobayashi

Adam Wojciński

Tame Masahito