Jelly Mould Pavilion

27 March to 6 June 2010

This display is now closed

Victorian jelly mould surrounded by tiny model people

Artist Lubaina Himid hand-painted Victorian jelly moulds to celebrate the ongoing contribution of the Black community to the city of Liverpool. These are models of monuments which will never be built. The ceramic forms are covered in brightly coloured patterns, texts and portraits.

Although these monuments may never be built, their purpose was to encourage visitors to ask questions about the city's history, how we can celebrate and commemorate the Black community or whether we do this already.

Lubaina chose Victorian jelly moulds as they symbolise the African diaspora's link to the sugar industry that once used enslaved Africans.

Jelly mould locations

The main exhibition of 30 jelly moulds and 14 prints was at Sudley House in Mossley Hill. There were also a number of individual jelly mould interventions on display at various locations across Liverpool and the Wirral, including this one at Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Lubaina chose to display a jelly mould at the Lady Lever Art Gallery because it symbolises sugar, trade, commerce and pleasure.

Find out more

  • 'Making Histories Visible' is an interdisciplinary visual art research project based led by Lubaina Himid with support from Susan Walsh. Find out more on the Making Histories Visible website.

Liverpool and the Black Atlantic

Jelly Mould Pavilions was part of Liverpool and the Black Atlantic, a series of exhibitions and events that explores connections between cultures and continents. Partners included the Bluecoat, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Metal, Tate Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, International Slavery Museum and University of Liverpool.