Projects and Exhibitions

Jamaican art exhibition

Curated by Dr. Emma Roberts - 19 February 2022 at the Victoria Gallery and Museum

Jamaica Making exhibition posterCPMH Board member, Dr. Emma Roberts, curated an exhibition of Jamaican art which opened at the Victoria Gallery and Museum on 19 February 2022 and ran until 9 July 2022. This was the first exhibition wholly of Jamaican art to appear in the north-west of the UK and it celebrated the 60th anniversary of Independence in Jamaica in 1962, as all of the art works were made by artists since that date. The art works are the collection of Theresa Roberts, a Jamaican-born businesswoman and philanthropist, and they are all high-quality examples of art by key important Jamaican artists. Theresa now lives in London and owns The Jamaica Patty Co. in Covent Garden. She has allowed Emma Roberts to select the art works for this exhibition from her extensive art collection for the benefit of visitors from the Merseyside region. Theresa was also involved with the instatement of the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool in 2007.

Jamaica Making book coverTo accompany the exhibition, Emma Roberts has edited and written the main essay of a book that also acts as a catalogue for the exhibition. The book includes an essay by Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, as well as another by iconic art historian, Edward Lucie-Smith (and other essays whose authors address issues of colonisation and diaspora). This book is published by Liverpool University Press and an online book launch occurred on 17 February, organised by Liverpool John Moores University.

Artist-in-Residence, Desanna Watson, visited from Jamaica and stayed for one month in order to work alongside the exhibition. One of her own art works was part of the exhibition, but was displayed in the satellite site of the John Lennon Art and Design Building (Liverpool John Moores University). Desanna is an artist and art teacher in Kingston, Jamaica, and she will be running workshops with schools, community groups and university students to illuminate the themes of the exhibition. Her own art work is about the impact of colonisation in Jamaica (e.g. streets bearing the names of slavers), and her work in this area preceded the recent discussions on this topic that were part of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Three Queens Celebration Event

Merseyside Maritime Museum 24-26 May 2015

On Sunday 24 May, three of LJMU’s CPMH members delivered a rolling programme of papers connected with the history of Cunard liners on advertising (White), interior design (Roberts) and fashion (Horrocks). This was followed on Monday 25 by an open session led by Horrocks, Roberts and White in which they fielded questions from the public.

Sail Away (2014)

An exhibition of Liverpool Shipping Posters

Prof Nick White and Dr David Clampin provided historical consultancy for this exhibition, launched in 2014, at Merseyside Maritime Museum. It featured 14 posters dating from 1888 to 1980 which advertised Liverpool shipping companies. Many of these posters had never been on display before and are a record of the style, glamour and excitement of an era when sailing by liner was the only way to travel. Starting out as simple bills of sailing, over time shipping company advertisements developed into highly designed, full colour posters that reflected the changing needs and aspirations of passengers.

From emigrant services, through the age of luxury transatlantic liners, to latter day cruise ships, posters are snapshots from a time when global travel was still an unusual and often exotic undertaking. Together these posters show the changing face of passenger travel by sea.