With Globes as their canvas, our artists bring to life the Journey of Discovery in trails across our host cities.
Want to create a Globe? Take part in our Open Call.
Yinka Shonibare CBE
The Turner prize nominee Yinka Shonibare CBE is The World Reimagined’s Founding Artist, having conceived both the base globe sculpture and the first Globe to feature in the Trails - ‘The World Reimagined’, after which the entire project is named.
The World Reimagined, at its core, is built on our belief in the transformative power of art: to inspire, to move and to open our imagination to new possibilities. And so the artists that create the Globe sculptures that form our trails are essential in helping people travel through this Journey of Discovery.
We are thrilled that some of the world’s best loved artists are creating designs for The World Reimagined. We hope that artists from all over the UK will take part in our Open Call to have their work featured in our trails.
Our Open Call Jury
Lady Ashley Shaw-Scott Adjaye
Artistic Director of The World Reimagined
Senior Curator, Autograph
Professor Matthew Smith
Director, UCL's Centre for the Study of British Slavery
Director, The Chisenhale Gallery
About the Trails
Each trail will consist of 10 Globe sculptures:
- one for each of the nine themes of the Journey of Discovery; and
- a tenth Globe designed by an artist in collaboration with community groups local to the trail, ensuring that the trail is steeped in place and community.
Most of the Trails will be 60-90 minute walking tours so that visitors are literally taken on a Journey of Discovery.
About the Sculptures
The Globe sculpture is fibreglass, with a 1.4 diameter Globe and a total height of 1.7m, including the base. When in situ, it will also have a further base to ensure it is safely and securely anchored.
Yinka Shonibare CBE designed the base sculpture as a Globe for a number of reasons:
- to root the sculpture in the geographic dimension of the Transatlantic Slave Trade;
- to speak to the world-changing nature of the Transatlantic Slave Trade; and
- to create the most open possible canvas for other artists to bring their own vision to The World Reimagined.
Become an artist for The World Reimagined! Take Part in our Open Call
We’re delighted to invite UK-based visual artists working in the mediums of paint, photography, drawing, mosaic, sculpture and collage to take part in our Open Call.
We’re asking artists to submit up to two designs in response to the themes of the Journey of Discovery, with the full submission completed by 17:00 on the 31st December 2021.
During the Open Call period, we’ll host a series of masterclasses with leading artists; curators and historians. Taking place online, these masterclasses are free and open to all. They will give you deep insight into how art and history can combine to create change and invite you to travel through time with leading history experts.
All submissions will be considered by The World Reimagined Jury, who will select the designs that we will commission to create the sculpture trails.
Register your interest and receive access to our submission portal here.