San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Do Scotland’s galleries and museums represent the country’s involvement with the North Atlantic slave trade?
Why are some histories still too sensitive to acknowledge?
Is it time to establish a permanent museum devoted to Scotland and slavery? Join in the discussion.
Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of International Slavery Museum and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery;
Dr Fiona Bradley, Director, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh;
Dr Anthony Lewis, Glasgow Museums;
Chaired by Dr Michael Morris, Liverpool John Moores University
A British Sign Language interpreter, Yvonne Waddell MA RMSASLI, will be present at this event. Please select the 'I am a BSL user' ticket so we can can ensure you have reserved seating with good line of sight.
Cafe open from 11am-6pm. Last orders in the Cafe space at 5.30pm. Bar open in Main Hall open from 5pm-10pm. Cash only bar (no cards accepted).
When & Where
The Empire Cafe
The Empire Café is an exploration of Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music, visual art, academic lectures, poetry, debate, workshops, historical walks, film and literature. The café will be based in the Briggait (home of the Merchant’s Steeple) in Glasgow’s Merchant City from 24th July - 1st August 2014
Contributors to the programme include poets Jackie Kay, Millicent Graham, Alan Riach and Fred D’Aguiar; authors Andrea Stuart, James Robertson and Chris Dolan, internationally acclaimed artist Graham Fagan, Hip Hop band Stanley Odd, The Big Big Sing and Dr Richard Benjamin of the Liverpool Slavery Museum, plus many more.
The Empire Café has commissioned poems from eminent Scottish and Caribbean poets on Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade which will be published in a print anthology which will be available free of charge. Poets contributing to the anthology include Kei Miller, John Burnside, Vicki Fever,Dorothea Smartt, Aonghas MacNeacail and others
The Empire Café will serve dishes developed through a series of experimental origin outreach sessions using some of the empire’s most familiar products and ingredients as inspiration. Café operator McCune Smith, Bakery 47 andDear Green Coffee will all join this exploration.
The Empire Cafe is founded by co-directors Jude Barber of Collective Architecture and author Louise Welsh. ‘Merchant City Voices’, their collaborative series of sounds works exploring Glasgow’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade won a 2013 Scottish Design Award.