Lancashire artist set to create Jelly Map of Preston

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Olivia Keith is creating a map to tell the story of an area of Preston . . . and making it out of  jelly.

The Lancashire artist, pictured, will use a map of the Nether Bartle district dating back to 1895 and build on it to chart the past 122 years up to its imminent future housing development.

Pictures as the first jelly map was created on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Bartle Hall

Pictures as the first jelly map was created on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Bartle Hall

Olivia, from Brindle near Chorley, will be “performing” the map at Bartle Hall today and also at the Harris Museaum on Saturday. She will, she says, use the “natural transparency” of jelly to enable people to see through to the past of the landscape as the map is built throughout the day.

In addition to the old chart, ‘Setting in Place: The Making of a Jellied Map of Nether Bartle’ will draw together material from a variety of sources gathered during walks and conversations with locals.

The work is part of In Certain Places, which is a programme of artistic interventions and events led by curators Elaine Speight and Professor Charles Quick, with associate Rachel Bartholomew from the School of Art, Design and Fashion at UCLan.

A spokesman said: “The process will illuminate the story of the area, little-changed for 200 years but which, in the immediate future, is to experience rapid and extensive residential development.

As part of her research Olivia gathered fruit from the hedgerows of Nether Bartle and set them in jelly.

As part of her research Olivia gathered fruit from the hedgerows of Nether Bartle and set them in jelly.

“Setting In Place seeks to express something of the patina of place using the language of cartography. Visitors can drop in throughout the day and watch the map being formed, and will be able to take part in the final stages of the map by ‘building’ jelly houses to represent the planned development of the area.”

Here is where you can watch Olivia making the map:

Wednesday 8 November - 11:00am to 4:30pm
You can help make the map: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Bartle Hall, Lea Lane, Bartle, Preston PR4 0HA

Saturday 11 November - 10:30am to 4:00pm
You can help make the map: 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP