A stunning globe created as part of a ground-breaking arts and education project has found a new permanent home at Kirkgate Market.
The beautiful sculpture entitled Church Window of No Return was made by local artist Marcia Brown M.A (QTLS) for The World Reimagined and will now take pride of place in the Market Kitchen food court.
Throughout last summer, Leeds joined cities around the UK in hosting a trail of large scale, colourful globes created by renowned international artists, each exploring the history and impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the contribution of black culture and music to modern Britain.
The globes were also a focal point for the visit of His Majesty The King when he visited Leeds last November.
In recognition of the project’s legacy, each city has now been gifted one of the globes, leaving a legacy and continuing learning about the project.
Marcia is a multi-disciplinary community artist and teacher based in West Yorkshire. She graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in Contemporary Fine Arts Practices. She is a recipient of the Edna Lumb Travel Scholarship and the Black Achievers Awards for her work in community arts.
She said: “I’m thrilled my globe has been selected to be the Community Globe at Leeds Kirkgate Market. It’s a fantastic opportunity for public art to be used as a vehicle to educate, inspire, and engage the community about the history and legacies of The Transatlantic Slave trade as well as highlighting The World Reimagined’s vision and mission for racial justice.”
Councillor Jonathan Pryor, deputy leader of Leeds City Council and executive member for economy, culture and education said: “Leeds Kirkgate Market is fast becoming a destination to view art from large scale murals to community inspired mosaics.
“We are delighted that the World Reimagined have chosen the Market Kitchen as a permanent home for Marcia’s community globe.”
For more information on The World Reimagined in Leeds, please visit: www.leedsinspired.co.uk/collection/world-reimagined