“Within my application for the Carter Preston Prize I said I would like to make new work inspired by the city’s architecture if shortlisted; I have been a lifelong visitor to the city as my Mum’s side of the family originate from Lark Lane. Sefton Park is a place much loved and visited by our family over the years and I have many happy memories of time spent there. The Palm House is an iconic piece of architecture and it is wonderful to see it in its restored state – I used the white painted wrought iron gates as inspiration as they suggested porcelain to me as the layers of paint had softened the details of the roses, leaves & scrolls. My work is inspired by ornamental details in architecture so it felt natural to incorporate the roses and scrolls into my regular vocabulary of shapes. The resulting wall hanging series is called “Liverpool Links” – a name suggested by my aunt, alluding to connections between family and place, as well as the physical structure of the gates.”

– Jo Taylor

Shortlisted by the Carter Preston Prize, which is held biennially in Liverpool and runs alongside the Liverpool Biennial contemporary art exhibition and John Moores Painting Prize in the city