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Arty veggie jelly option if ship wins vote

Nationally acclaimed artists Bompas and Parr have offered to create special jellies for Bristol if Brunel’s ss Great Britain wins the Museums at Night competition.

The multi award-winning ship attraction is encouraging people to vote in the ‘Connect10’ initiative which links artists with museums across the UK. Voting closes at 5pm on March 5, and the winners will be announced on March 6.

Brunel’s ss Great Britain currently has 49% of the votes, but is being caught up every day by museums in Scotland and Leicester. The museum which wins most votes will work with the artists to create amazing art during ‘Museums at Night’ held in May.

The artists – also known as the ‘Jellymongers’ – responded to a tweet from Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy. The Bristol East MP, the Labour Party’s former ‘Twitter Tsar’ is a vegan and wanted to know the jelly’s ingredients.

Bompas and Parr have offered to create a special ‘Bristol selection’ of regular gelatin jellies and a vegetarian option using agar – if Brunel’s ss Great Britain wins the vote.

However, due to reasons of artistic integrity they can not do work entirely with the vegetarian agar ingredient as their jelly would lose some of its wobble.

Previous work by the ‘Jellymongers’ has included jelly replicas (not 1:1 scale) of St Paul’s Cathedral and the ‘Gherkin’ building, as well as a giant jelly cocktail lake.

The ss Great Britain Trust’s Director of Marketing Sally Cordwell commented: “It is great that the artists are listening to suggestions and are prepared to make a special veggie jelly option for Bristol – if we win. Due to reasons of artistic integrity, they are unable to produce a giant jelly made out of vegetarian agar because it would lose its wobble! We have had lots of fun with our ‘get a wobble on and vote’ campaign, and are delighted with the support we have received so far.”

The ‘get a wobble on’ voting campaign has included media interviews, posters, and children from Four Acres School doing jelly impersonations – see the video on and YouTube