Trail of globe sculptures across Hackney shines light on racial justice
This summer, residents and visitors to Hackney are invited to take a journey of discovery across the borough by following a trail of globe sculptures that explores our shared history, with the aim of making racial justice a reality.
From August until 31 October The World Reimagined art education project brings a free trail of 6 globes to Hackneyā€™s streets located at key locations, including Dalston Curve Garden, Ridley Road Market, St Johnā€™s Churchyard, and Hackney Bridge.
The sculptures, designed by artists from Hackney and throughout the UK, and supported by Hackney Council, will bring together people, families and communities to talk about how we understand history, how our past shapes our future, and how we can create positive social change.
Local Schools who took part in The World Reimagined learning programme have created a series of smaller globe sculptures that will be on display at Homerton Library.
Weā€™re delighted to be part of such an ambitious, exciting and innovative arts-led project. Fostering an open dialogue about our heritage and the collective history between our diverse communities is at the heart of Hackney's values, as we look towards an inclusive future where we embrace equality and celebrate diversity.
The trail and the programme of events lined up will bring together residents and visitors to exchange experiences, creativity, stories and ideas on some of the biggest questions for our future. We canā€™t wait for you to join us so we can reimagine the world together.
The trail, stretching from Hackney to Newham, is part of a broader UK-wide programme encouraging and supporting conversations around racial justice. The trail links up with trails in six other cities as The World Reimagined invites people across the UK to acknowledge their history and reflect on what it means to be Black and British.
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Notes to Editors
The Hackney to Newham globe trail is available here.
About The World Reimagined
The World Reimagined is a ground-breaking, vibrant art education project to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans and its impact on all of us so that we can make racial justice a reality, together. Supported by Official Presenting Partner SKY, the project will see a trail of large Globe sculptures across seven cities including: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool City Region, London, and Swansea.
From 13 August to 31 October 2022, the globes will be displayed across the seven cities, inspiring and galvanising communities to better understand what it means to be Black and British. Bringing to life the reality and impact of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans by remembering the past, whilst still moving forward - celebrating the spirit and culture that has endured so much suffering.
Each sculpture is designed by an artist from the area or elsewhere in the UK, including Ras Akyem, Lucy Edkins, Kazvare, Andrea Cumming, Kim Thompson and Olivia Twist who will be creating a community globe specific to Hackney.
The trails are being delivered in partnership with global public art producers, Wild in Art, who have a proven track record of creating world-class events which entertain, enrich, inform, and leave a legacy. Previous work includes the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascot trail, the award-winning Bee in the City in Manchester, and Rockets around Leicester.
Local organisations have also been keen to make a commitment to racial justice, the arts and education with Co-Counsel, GE joining Greater London City Partner J.P. Morgan and UK-wide partner SKY (Official Presenting Partner).
The trails are at the centre of learning, community and heritage programmes that invite everyone to take part.