The World Reimagined

Artist Masterclass: Exploring Your Theme In The Journey of Discovery

When: 21 October 2021

Where: Online

18.30-19.30 THURSDAY 21 OCTOBER 2021

Join our Artistic Director Ashley Adjaye as she speaks to artist-historian Fiona Compton and UCL’s Professor Matthew Smith about how our open call artists can engage with and think about our Journey of Discovery!

Everything we do is built on the foundation of our Journey of Discovery – 9 themes that give us the opportunity to reimagine our past, present and future. Each sculpture trail will consist of 10 Globe Sculptures: one for each of the nine themes and another where we will commission an artist to work with communities to create a Globe that speaks to place.

In this conversation, Fiona and Matthew will bring to life the Journey of Discovery themes and share suggestions for where our Open Call artists can find out more about and explore the relevant history.

You’ll of course also have the chance to ask lots of questions.

To book your spot, please go to:

About Fiona Compton – Founder of Know Your Caribbean

Fiona is a London-based, multi award-winning Saint Lucian photographer artist, filmmaker and historian. Her work over the last 13 years has explored the various disparities in representation of the Afro Caribbean diaspora within art and mainstream media She created and runs the Know Your Caribbean Instagram account, which shares compelling history, creatively with her large following. She runs creative workshops for children and young people about the history and culture of the Caribbean and its linkages to Africa. Fiona is a powerful advocate for her history and culture and is an Official ambassador for London’s Notting Hill Carnival.

About Professor Matthew Smith – Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery

Matthew J. Smith is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery. He joined UCL after many years working at the University of the West Indies, Mona in Jamaica where he was Professor of Caribbean History. His research is pan-Caribbean in scope with special interest in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century histories of Haiti and Jamaica. Among his publications is Liberty, Fraternity, Exile: Haiti and Jamaica After Emancipation (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014), a comparative study which explored the post-slavery intersections between the two Caribbean neighbours with a focus on overlapping narratives and shared migration histories. His earlier book, Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict and Political Change, 1934-1957 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009) studied the activities of radical political groups that emerged after the US Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934) and prior to the establishment of the dictatorship of François Duvalier in 1957. Among his current research projects is a study of the representations and legacies of the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica in 1865, and a social history of Jamaican popular music since the 1950s.


The World Reimagined is a not-for-profit company (#12501914). We are a charitable project and restricted fund under the auspices of Prism The Gift Fund (; charity #1099682).

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