The World Reimagined

Education TWR

The Portal Trust is delighted to announce that it is supporting The World Reimagined - a new national art education programme to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The partnership includes the opportunity for one school from each inner London borough to receive a bursary to take part in The World Reimagined Learning Programme.


Introducing The World Reimagined

The World Reimagined is a national arts education project to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact.

The World Reimagined will see trails of large globe sculptures in cities across the UK in the summer of 2022, created by artists to bring to life the reality and impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade – responding to the themes ranging from Mother Africa and The Reality of Being Enslaved to Still We Rise and Expanding Soul. The Globes will be created by both established and undiscovered artists, alongside unique collaborations that bring together national and international icons and communities with artists. The trails will be the centre of a broader education and engagement programme - with hundreds of schools, community groups, sporting and cultural institutions taking part.

Its Founding Artist is Yinka Shonibare CBE and confirmed Feature Artists include Kimathi Donkor; Nicola Green; Lakwena Maciver; Maxim; Zak Ové; Lina Viktor. A Jury is led by our Artistic Director Lady Ashley Adjaye and includes Chris Ofili.

Yinka Shonibare The World Reimagined Globe Render 2
Image Credit: : Founding Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE, 'The World Reimagined'.

The opportunity for schools

The World Reimagined’s Learning Programme is an experiential and transformative experience for students, teachers and schools - at primary, secondary and college level.

Its ground-breaking resources are created through unique collaborations with artists and leaders, including cast members of West End’s Hamilton; Professor Kehinde Andrews; Guardian data scientist Mona Chalabi; poet & playwright Inua Ellams and the Museum of London.

Alongside the resources, participating schools will get access to a ‘Leadership in Teaching’ series that supports teachers to both deliver the resources and develop their skills as racial justice leaders in their school community and beyond.

There are two versions of the programme available;

*The Poetic Programme (free), which leads students to poetic expressions featured on The World Reimagined’s platforms; and

*The Globe Programme (£850), which sees schools create their own smaller Globe sculpture that is hosted in their local community during The World Reimagined.

The Portal Trust and The World Reimagined are delighted to offer one school from each inner London borough the opportunity to take part in The Globe Programme for free.

To find out more about The World Reimagined Learning Programme and sign up, please go to:

To apply for a Globe Programme bursary for your inner London school please complete this online form before 5pm 30th October 2021

To sign up for the free Poetic Programme complete this online form before 28th February 2022

Richard Foley, Chief Executive of The Portal Trust said;

"I am thrilled to announce our support for the London aspect of The World Reimagined Learning Programme. This project promises to be pivotal and inspiring in the search for the untold story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and follows The Portal Trust’s previous work with its schools towards understanding its history.

I am delighted to say that our two schools, Stepney All Saints Church of England Secondary School and the Aldgate School have accepted our invitation to participate in the project and have agreed to represent Tower Hamlets and the City of London respectively, and that The Portal Trust is now in a position to extend the offer of bursaries to another 12 schools from across inner London.

As The World Reimagined picks up momentum over the coming months, I hope you will be able to join us on this path of discovery and commitment to racial justice."

We’re delighted that The Portal Trust has joined The World Reimagined family in our work to build a meaningful space and platform to process our shared history and do the work of making racial justice a reality. The Transatlantic Slave Trade was so ubiquitous in its impact on British and global society, of course organisations exist today that will have connections to and benefitted from the Trade. We’re grateful for The Portal Trust’s courage in acknowledging that history and their commitment to a future of racial justice

Michelle Gayle
Chair & Co-Founder of The World Reimagined