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The World Reimagined

The World Reimagined is a ground-breaking, national art education project to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on all of us.

For too long, the history of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans has been untold, mistaught or misrepresented.

In the UK, we celebrate with pride the trade’s abolition – but the people who were enslaved and their descendants; Britain’s role in the Trade’s creation; and the trade’s devastating legacy are usually missing from how history is told.

The project has been brought to the region by the Combined Authority, which is the main local sponsor and is co-ordinating all activity across the region’s six boroughs in August 2022.

The Liverpool City Region is one of seven involved across the UK, along with Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, London, and Swansea.

When and Where?

There will be a walking trail of five large globes located around Liverpool city centre, with five more in prominent locations in Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral, making up a longer, region-wide trail. We will be announcing the locations soon.

The region-wide trail will run from 13 August to 31 October and aims to provide an enjoyable and thought-provoking learning experience for people of all ages.

The trail will be the centre of a broader learning and engagement programme, with schools, community groups, and cultural institutions from across the city region taking part.

In addition to the larger globes, another 41 smaller learning globes will be created by 30 schools and 11 community organisations across the region.

Through the education and art programme, the project will be rooted in local schools and communities to facilitate dialogues around racial equality and justice and linked deeply to where people live.

The ten large globes will be placed at the following locations:

  • Liverpool: Central library; Liverpool Anglican Cathedral; Rialto (Berkeley Square); Liverpool One (College Lane); Martin Luther King Building, Albert Dock
  • Halton – Spike Island, outside the Catalyst Museum
  • Knowsley – The Court Yard, Court Hey Park
  • Sefton – Marine Gardens, Waterloo
  • St Helens – Pilkington’s World of Glass Garden
  • Wirral – The Priory, Birkenhead

Learning Globe Sites

  • Halton Sites: Widnes Library and Halton Lea Library, St Marie’s, Widnes (Halton and St. Helens CVS)
  • Knowsley Sites: The Culture Hub, Huyton
  • Liverpool Sites: Open Eye Gallery, Everyman Theatre, Our Lady and St Nicholas Church, Victoria Gallery and Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral, Toxteth Library, FACT, NMLWorld Museum, Royal Court Theatre
  • Sefton Sites: Crosby Library, The Atkinson
  • St Helen’s Sites: Eccleston Community Library, Rainford Library, Thatto Heath library, Chester Lane Library, Newton Library and Parr Library
  • Wirral Sites: Bloom Building, Wallasey Central Library, Port Sunlight Village Trust

Artists

The commissioned artists are creating globes responding to the themes ranging from ‘Mother Africa’ and ‘The Reality of Being Enslaved’ to ‘Still We Rise’ and ‘Expanding Soul’.

The artists in the Liverpool City Region will be Sumuyya Khader, Amber Akaunu, Ras Akyem, Fiona Compton, Caroline Daly, Nicola Constantina, Jioni Warner, Amy Bourbon, Kimathi Donkor, Bryony Benge-Abbott.

There are a variety of opportunities for local businesses to get involved with this exciting project.

To find out more about these opportunities, please contact Natalie Collins at natalie@bloomconsultancy.co.uk

More information about the national project can be found here https://www.theworldreimagined.org/

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