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The World Reimagined

Knowsley helps to reimagine the world

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley is delighted to announce its involvement in the public art project The World Reimagined – which will see a trail of globe sculptures appear across the Liverpool City Region from August 2022.

The World Reimagined is a ground-breaking, national art education project that aims to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans and its impact on all of us. The project will see trails of Globe sculptures in cities across the UK.

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.

Court Hey Park in Huyton is set to be home to Knowsley’s Globe, alongside four further smaller sculptures, which will be displayed in the Culture Hub at Huyton Library. The smaller sculptures will be painted by local school children at St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Knowsley Village, Alt Bridge Secondary School, Huyton, and Evelyn Community Primary School, Prescot as well as Flourish and Succeed at The Craigs Community Centre, Stockbridge Village and Knowsley Youth Cabinet at Our Place, Huyton.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:

“We are very proud to be part of this project and to play a part in promoting race equality here in Knowsley.

“The history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade is our shared history and one we must explore and learn from. Hosting these sculptures in Knowsley gives us and our communities the opportunity to reflect on this period of history and to raise awareness and promote understanding today.”

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

“Our region has a long and storied past – and that hasn’t always fallen on the right side of history. Like many port cities across the world, our region played a shameful and prominent role in the transatlantic slave trade – a legacy that we’re still coming to terms with today.  History gives us an opportunity to learn, to reflect, and to remember the lessons and mistakes of the generations before us – and ensure that they are never repeated.

“Our region’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths – it enhances our culture, enriches our lives, and makes our area one of the best places in the country to live and work. While we’ve come so far on our journey, it’s clear that there’s still a lot of work to be done to tackle racial inequality. This is an opportunity to give a platform to more conversations around racial injustice and to show people in our communities that everyone has a part to play in the fight against discrimination. I want to ensure that we learn from the lessons of our past, to shape a better future for our city region – where no one is left behind.”

The World Reimagined trail in Liverpool City Region will consist of 10 Globe sculptures: 1 for each of the 9 themes of the Journey of Discovery – and one that is created in a unique collaboration between an artist and local people and communities.

Knowsley’s participation in The World Reimagined forms part of the borough’s wider programme of events for its year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture.

During the summer residents and visitors alike can enjoy a range of events for FREE with highlights including:

The Owl and The Pussy-Cat sculpture trail on until – 4 September
The opening weekend of the Shakespeare North Playhouse on 16 and 17 July
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on 17 July
The Feelgood Festival and Flower Show on 6 & 7 August
United by Land with workshops in August and September
Tale of the Unexpected at Kirkby Gallery from 1 August –17 September

To get all the latest information about the year visit www.cultureknowsley.co.uk or follow @cultureknowsley on InstagramTwitter and Facebook and visit www.cultureknowsley.co.uk.

Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture
The Borough of Culture title was introduced by Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. It is awarded annually on a rotational basis to one of the six local authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region.

The Borough of Culture is part of the 1% for Culture initiative which commits at least 1% of the Liverpool City Region’s annual gain share (£300k) to cultural projects/activities. Established as an annual award rotating around the boroughs, the Borough of Culture helps to celebrate, amplify and strengthen the existing cultural offer, develop new ideas and initiatives that will underpin future development and legacy.

Liverpool City Region is the first Combined Authority to have control over culture in its devolution deal, utilising many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities.

The Borough of Culture was first launched in St Helens in 2018, followed by Wirral 2019, Sefton 2020, Halton in 2021 and is currently held by Knowsley for 2022. The programme rotation will recommence in 2023 back in St Helens.