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Paddling spirit into our lives

11 July 2014 by Andrew

Laura Facey artwork from Their Spirits exhibition

Artist talk at the International Slavery Museum

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…

12 Years a Slave competition

13 May 2014 by Andrew

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12 Years a Slave first prize bundle

To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of 12 Years a Slave out May 12, we have three copies of the DVD, book and soundtrack to give away, as well as seven copies of the book and soundtrack. Read more…

My Family, My Pride: Maroon Ancestry

7 May 2014 by Andrew

An image of guest blogger Kirsty Fitzpatrick

Guest blogger Kirsty Fitzpatrick

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…

Vote for your favourite dot-art artist

16 April 2014 by Andrew

Dot art voting posterThere’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 2012Read more…

Win Turner private view tickets

21 January 2014 by Andrew

 

lead exhibition image of Margate harbour painted by Turner

Image of Margate painted by Turner

Turner: travels, light and landscape opens to the public on Friday 14 February at Lady Lever Art Gallery, but we have 10 pairs of tickets for the private view on Thursday evening up for grabs. Read more…

African tales and crafts

21 March 2013 by Andrew

illustration on book cover of Anansi the spider and its dutchy pot

Anansi the greedy spider and dutchy pot.

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?

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Elroy Josephs, a tribute

9 October 2012 by Andrew

Performer Elroy Josephs

Tributes to be paid to the life and work of Liverpool based performer Elroy Josephs (1939-1997).

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…

UK Black History Month: 25 years old and counting

5 October 2012 by Andrew

National Museums Liverpool's Black History Month 2012 poster

National Museums Liverpool’s Black History Month 2012 poster

Hello,

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.
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Picture perfect heroes

12 June 2012 by Andrew

School children at a desk creating artwork inspired by Black achievers

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…

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