The World Reimagined comes to Liverpool this summer


A giant globe trail highlighting the reality and impact of the trade in enslaved African people is being unveiled this summer – with the national series of public installations including at least 10 on show across the Liverpool City Region.

The World Reimagined will see more than 100 globes places across seven cities, with Liverpool joined by Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, London and Swansea.

Artists, who were chosen through an open call, are being commissioned to design the individual globes, sharing their own perspectives on working on the project and responding to themes including Mother Africa and The Reality of Being Enslaved.

Organisers hope each globe will enable people to discover and be inspired by art as well as becoming part of the discussion around racial justice and what it means to be British.

Ashley Shaw Scott Adjaye, artistic director of The World Reimagined, said: “Art has the unique ability to invite dialogue for us to collectively process, participate and reflect. Artists remind us of who we are and help us to imagine who we can be.

“I’m excited for the country to engage with these globes and am deeply grateful to have such incredibly talented, open, and thoughtful artists involved. They offer us multivariate angles from which to understand the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved Africans, and its legacies.

“I hope the power of this project will contribute to an equitable and inclusive pathway forward."

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

And the trails are the centre of a broader learning and community programme – with schools, community groups, sporting, and cultural institutions from across the UK taking part.

The World Reimagined runs from August 13 to October 31.