Jelly Mould Pavilions

27 March to 6 June 2010

small model persom sitting in a jelly mould

A display of two jelly moulds in the Life at Sea gallery to accompany the main exhibition at Sudley House

Artist Lubaina Himid hand-painted Victorian jelly moulds to celebrate the ongoing contribution of the Black community to the city of Liverpool. These were models of monuments which will never be built. The ceramic forms were 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 Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Lubaina chose to display two jelly mould pavilions at Merseyside Maritime Museum because it symbolises sugar, trade, exchange and pleasure. Further details of the locations of the other jelly mould interventions is on the main exhibition page.

tiny model figure in front of a painted ceramic jelly mould

More about the artist

  • For more information about Lubaina's practice including forthcoming and major projects, recent exhibitions, works in collections and key note speeches, visit her website.
  • '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.
  • More in depth information about the themes surrounding Jelly Mould Pavilions can be found on Lubaina's Jelly Mould Pavilions website.

Liverpool and the Black Atlantic

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