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World Reimagined comes to Swansea

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UK-wide arts education project featuring globally-recognised artists comes to Swansea to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on us all.

Launched in May 2021, The World Reimagined is a UK-wide art education project that works to transform our understanding of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on all of us to help us make racial justice a reality.

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More than a million people will engage with sculpture trails in host cities, which will include Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London and Swansea, with more to be announced.

Participating artists and icons include 2004 Turner Prize nominee and The World Reimagined’s Founding Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE, as well as Lina Viktor; Zak Ové; Sir Trevor McDonald;  Lakwena Maciver; Maxim (The Prodigy); Nicola Green and Kimathi Donkor.

Swansea is be a host city for this ambitious project, which will see communities across the UK collaborate and explore a range of themes and cultural influences. These themes will unite participants and audiences to positively understand our cultural influences, and celebrate the present and future opportunities for us all, through a deeper understanding of history and what connects us as communities.

Michelle Gayle, co-founder of The World Reimagined, said: “If we’re going to make racial justice a reality for all, it calls on us to courageously face our shared history with honesty, empathy and grace. If we do that, we can create a future in which everyone can say I’m seen. That’s the mission of The World Reimagined and we’re so delighted to work with the people and communities of Swansea.”

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: “Swansea is a welcoming city that thrives on diversity. We’re delighted to be partners with the The World Reimagined project.  

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“We’ll help to create many opportunities for communities, schools, colleges, local organisations and artists to get involved – as leaders and facilitators, participants, practitioners, audiences and beneficiaries.  

“Our local activity will involve widespread collaboration to create a unique arts trail across the city and its communities. Watch this space – as more details will follow soon.”

To find out more about The World Reimagined go to: www.theworldreimagined.org

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