This project to 'bring home' the magnificent 13th century illuminated manuscript (that, at the time of his death in 1926, belonged to Reginald Arthur Tatton of Cuerden Hall) is approaching a resolution. . . . . . but it is spawning more ventures!
Friday 17 May 2013
Today's Lancashire Evening Post - 'Olivia is throwing a wobbler for art'
Published on 17/05/2013 14:48
Artist Olivia Keith is preparing to put on Preston’s first Jelly Jamboree.
On Saturday, during the Cuerden Valley Fair in Cuerden Valley Park, she will be hosting a marquee, filled with wobbly wonders of all sizes and shapes.
During the day there will be a competition for the best-looking jelly, a jelly throwing game, a jelly lucky dip and an exploding volcano jelly.
The UCLAN student of Marsh Lane, Brindle, came up with the idea after volunteering her art sessions at the Sue Ryder Care Home in Cuerden Hall, beside the country park.
She said: “Jelly is incredibly flexible - you can change its shape and colour, it’s not particularly messy, and it’s easy to work with.
“The folks at Cuerden Hall are profoundly affected by neurological conditions, but with jelly, they have been able to explore artistic experiences.
“They may be physically limited, but the sky is the limit with their ideas.
“One lady wanted to make a jelly that looked like a golden labrador, and was amazed when she was able to use real gold leaf in the design.
“Jelly is something fun, but it also can have a serious side to it, if it helps someone to express themselves.
“It will be great if some of them are able to come along to the fair and join in the fun.”
Members of the public are also urged to join in the activites, which run from 10am to 4pm.
Olivia added: “I’m hoping to put on a jelly-throwing competition, similar to the traditional country game of throwing an egg.
“Two people will be asked to throw jelly back and forth, moving further and further apart. The winning pair will be the ones who get furthest apart before it goes splat.
“We’ll also have a traditional lucky dip, but instead of having sand, we’ll have jelly.
“It will be quite an experience putting your hands through all of the jelly.”
The main spectacle will be at 1.30pm when a volcano-shaped jelly will erupt, using a secret method.