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Jelly Mould Pavilions

Jelly mould with a man's face painted on it

27 March - 6 June 2010

'Jelly Mould Pavilions' was a quirky yet thought provoking exhibition by artist Lubaina Himid. The exhibition explored the challenges of commemorating the ongoing contribution of the people of the African diaspora to the history, culture and fabric of Liverpool.

'Jelly Mould Pavilions' featured 30 hand-painted Victorian ceramic jelly moulds and 14 prints. The illustrations on the jelly moulds were inspired by influential Black figures such as Martin Luther King, William Still and Dred Scott, all strong and unique figures in the civil rights movement. Lubaina's inspiration also comes from brightly coloured textile patterns from all over the African continent.

Although these jelly mould monuments may never be built, their purpose is 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 used slaves. The jelly moulds are a device to encourage visitors to talk about enslavement, commerce and pleasure.

Jelly mould interventions!

As well as the main exhibition at Sudley House there were jelly mould interventions in the following venues:

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.

This exhibition was part of 'Liverpool and the Black Atlantic', a series of city-wide exhibitions and events that explore connections between cultures and continents.