Posts by Andrew
In advance of Laura Facey’s in conversation talk with art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, Saturday 19 July at 2pm, the artist describes how it felt to work with the International Slavery Museum on Their Spirits.The talk is free, more information can be found here.
“Paddling spirits into our lives… these words were said by me but singled out by the International Slavery Museum as they interviewed me in October 2013 in preparation for my upcoming exhibition Their Spirits. It is a wonderful thing and an honor to be listened to so carefully that captions are made. Read more…
I don’t remember the first time I heard about my Maroon ancestry, Mother would talk about Jamaica often, stories about farming, school or just sitting on the veranda watching the sun set but the Maroon heritage heartened every story. Bump Grave, the blowing of the abeng, warriors disguised as trees; stories of real people, their customs and traditions passed down to me through my Mother. I do remember feeling the immense pride in belonging to a group of such resilient, resourceful and spirited people. Read more…
16 April 2014 by Andrew
There’s still a week left for you to vote for your favourite young artist and decide which works make it into the dot-art schools exhibition, which opens at the Walker Art Gallery on the 17 May to 8 June.
Over 1000 students from 46 Liverpool City Region Schools have taken part in the competition. The judges for this year include Sandra Penketh, NML’s Director of Art Galleries, Jenny Porter, Project Manager at Metal and Liverpool Art Prize and Sarah Pickstone, winner of the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012. Read more…
21 March 2013 by Andrew
Come along to the International Slavery Museum next week and hear author Elayne Ogbeta read from her book ‘Anansi & the Dutchy Pot’.
Greedy Anansi loves his food so much and gets himself into trouble in this entertaining introduction to the Anansi series. Anansi and the Dutchy Pot is an inspiring Caribbean folklore tale re-told for the younger generation. After storytelling, why not take part in our Anansi craft session?
9 October 2012 by Andrew
As part of our Black History Month 2012 programme, the International Slavery Museum presents a tribute to actor and dancer, Elroy Josephs in an evening of movement and memories that celebrates the work and artistic achievements of the Liverpool-based artist.
Elroy, who arrived in the UK from Jamaica in 1956 developed a ground breaking fusion of African-Caribbean and European dance styles that changed the way dancers and choreographers thought about movement. Central to this was his understanding of plantation slavery in the Caribbean and its colonial legacy. How he felt this history lived within him and informed his work and gave it the power and emotion he felt was essential for dance to have. Despite Elroy’s influence on British dance heritage, (he was the first Black dance tutor at a British University), his story is largely absent from the history of British Dance. Read more…
Welcome to Black History Month (BHM). First of all you can find a list of the varied events we have planned by clicking here. Over the past few years BHM has had a number of detractors, mainly by those who point out that every month should be a BHM and that Black history should be embedded in all history taught as part of the curriculum. I could not agree more, however, I still believe it is a very worthwhile event as it often the first time some people, of all ages, engage with Black history. This might not be ideal but it is a fact. We have similar experiences here at the Museum. For many people we are an introduction not only to transatlantic slavery and contemporary forms of slavery but African achievement, African culture, African civilization and indeed African resistance. All these subjects should be obligatory aspects of world and British history, but alas, we are not there quite yet, so in the meantime, let’s get behind BHM events nationwide.
12 June 2012 by Andrew
Artwork created by students from Childwall Sport and Science College go on display in the Anthony Walker Education Centre at the International Slavery Museum from Thursday June 14.
Exhibited as part of the Heroes project, students from year 9 were inspired to produce portraits of historical and contemporary Black role models, from actors such as Morgan Freeman and Denzil Washington to politicians such as Barrack Obama and Malcolm X.
Researching their subject matter meant understanding the contributions of Black and Minority Ethnic people to society. Read more…