The World Reimagined

Birkenhead Priory is proud to be part of The World Reimagined across Liverpool City Region, 13th August-31st October

Ten large globe structures will make up a free public art trail across the Liverpool City Region, bringing to life the reality and impact of transatlantic slavery and inviting the public to think about ways to make racial justice a reality.

Running from 13 August to 31 October, there will be a walking trail of five large globes located around Liverpool city centre, with a further large globe in prominent locations in Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

The project has been brought to the region by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which is the main local sponsor and is co-ordinating all activity across the region’s six districts, working with its local authority partners.

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

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

Commissioned artists have created thought-provoking globes responding to themes ranging from ‘Mother Africa’ and ‘The Reality of Being Enslaved’ to ‘Still We Rise’ and ‘Expanding Soul’.

The project forms part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Race Equality Programme, which was established by Mayor Steve Rotheram in 2020.

The wider programme also includes a Race Equality Hub which is being co-designed with the local community.  With ring-fenced funding of £3.2m, this is the region’s biggest ever investment in tackling racial inequality.

In addition to the larger globes, another 41 smaller learning globes have been created by 30 schools and 11 community organisations across the region. In Wirral these will be placed at Bloom Building, Wallasey Central Library, and Port Sunlight Village Trust.

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.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“More than 1.6m people call our city region ‘home’ – and we’re making sure that every single one of them has the chance to be a part of this important moment in our shared history. Each of our six boroughs has helped to bring this installation to life and it’s on every one of us in our community to listen, to learn, and to reflect on the important lessons it can teach us about the past – and the future – of our home.

“This is an opportunity to give a platform to more conversations around racial injustice and to show people that not only are we learning from the lessons of our history, but we’re working hard to shape a better future for everyone in our city region – where no one is left behind.”

Michelle Gayle, Co-Founder of the project said: “There is such a huge part of the British educational system – the history – that omits Britain’s true role in the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved Africans and the impact its legacies has on our world today. I have seen some of the incredible works these artists have put into designing their globes, and cannot wait for everyone across the country to experience the wonder, vibrancy and impact of art .

People are ready to engage with this subject matter but often aren’t sure where or how. I hope this public art trail will help facilitate that journey and be the entry point to that conversation. It’s been truly remarkable to see how schools and community groups have been engaging with the project – from looking at Africa before the Trade to honouring those who resisted and broke through.”

The globes will bring people together and allow them to engage in complex conversations around who we are as a society; stimulate dialogue, raise consciousness, and create social change. At a time when political, social, and economic context continues to evolve, The World Reimagined seeks to platform art, colour, symbolism, and more importantly – stories. It goes beyond just exploring the legacy of the Transatlantic Enslavement of Africans – the story of people of African origin is much more expansive than the Slave Trade, and this art project celebrates and champions that.

Each artist has developed powerful narratives through art inviting audiences, locally, nationally, and internationally to engage and experience the themes stemming from the Journey of Discovery. Stories that are rooted in deep heritage, identity, history, race, and place are just some of the elements viewers can expect to see on these globes. With over 100 artists involved including poet and artist Julian Knox (aka Julianknxx), London based Saint Lucian photographer artist, filmmaker and historian Fiona Compton, visual artist Shannon Bono and contemporary artist Kimathi Donkor, to name a few, have all approached this with a unique perspective; adding their voice and perspective to reimagining the world.

 

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