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Wibble wobble, wibble wobble...jelly on a (ship's glass) plate

Artists Bompas and Parr hope to flood the glass plate surrounding the ss Great Britain with jelly. The announcement follows a national competition organised by Museums at Night and involving a public vote.  

Brunel’s ss Great Britain received 48% of the votes in its category to win the chance to work with the artists plus £500 towards staging the Museums at Night event.

Also known as the ‘Jellymongers’, the artists’ previous work includes a jelly copy of St Paul’s Cathedral and a giant jelly cocktail lake.

Brunel’s ss Great Britain is one of 10 museums to be matched with nationally acclaimed artists across the UK for the annual event which takes place in May.

It will be the first time the ss Great Britain has inspired art made with jelly – traditionally the ship has featured in oil and watercolour paintings and photography.

The water which usually flows on the ss Great Britain’s glass waterline plate would need to be taken off and replaced with the nation’s favourite traditional dessert. Details such as jelly density, colour and ‘wobble factor’ have yet to be discussed between the artists and the ss Great Britain Trust’s museum and technical services staff.

Bompas and Parr have also agreed to make a special ‘Bristol selection’ to include vegetarian jellies, made with agar instead of gelatin, following a tweet request from Bristol East MP and vegan Kerry McCarthy.

A total of 1,539 people supported the Brunel’s ss Great Britain ‘get a wobble on!’ campaign. Media coverage, postcards and posters, and a class of five and six-year-old schoolchildren doing their best jelly impersonations all helped to attract votes.

The ss Great Britain Trust’s Director of Conservation and Education, Rhian
Tritton, commented: “To win this national Museums at Night competition is fabulous. We are grateful to everyone who ‘got a wobble on’ and voted for Brunel’s ss Great Britain. This will provide an interesting challenge as well as a stunning piece of modern art, and we are looking forward to working with the artists Bompas and Parr and to putting on an amazing event for Museums at Night this May.”