170+ Globe sculptures transform 7 UK cities to invite conversation around the UK's relationship with racial justice.
We are thrilled to announce that we are currently exhibiting three globe sculptures made as part of an immersive public art project called ‘The World Reimagined’, an initiative inviting the public to explore the UK’s relationship with the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans, its impact on UK society, and how we can all take action to make racial justice a reality. Prior Shop is excited to be a puzzle piece in the Bristol Sculpture trail, one of ten trails nationwide. The exhibition is free and the sculptures will remain in place until the end of October.
The two artworks we have on display have been painted by children from Roundhill Primary, Parson Street School and St Vigor & St Johns Church School, after the pupils took part in The World Reimagined learning programme. We hope that the globes will contribute to our current exhibition, A Sense of Belonging, in numerous ways, helping visitors reflect and respond to similar themes.
What is 'The World Reimagined'?
The World Reimagined trails are an invitation for people, families, businesses, and communities to talk together about how we understand our history; how our past shapes our future; and how we can act for social change.
More than 100 artists have created Globe designs responding to themes ranging from Mother Africa and The Reality of Being Enslaved to Still We Rise and Expanding Soul with an enormous range of experiences and creative styles. Their unique designs have been applied to a sculpture shape devised by renowned artist Yinka Shonibare CBE, who also gave the project its name.
Taking place in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool City Region, London and Swansea, all trails are connected by a digital platform that enables visitors to dive into a unique heritage collection that brings this history to life in a meaningful way. The collection has been created with partners including Professor Kehinde Andrews, the British Library and the International Slavery Museum.
Schools have also got involved, with many small globes featured on the trail created by schools who have taken part in The World Reimagined learning programme.
With more than 2m trail visitors; 200+ schools; 75+ community organisations, The World Reimagined will be one of the largest art education projects for racial justice the UK has ever seen. The coming together of art, education, activism and community will make for a unique moment as we examine our shared history, and help us to better understand what it means to be British.
We are so excited to be part of this project, and very much look forward to welcoming visitors to see the globes in our exhibition space, located at the back of our Quakers Friars Store.