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Longitudinal Dialogues: Cultural Conversations on the Meridian, takes The Line’s location on the Greenwich Meridian in London as a starting point for global cultural exchange, with the inaugural project exploring the role of art in public space in London and Accra, Ghana. Longitudinal Dialogues will develop through a series of artist residencies, public art commissions and symposiums, as well as an education programme that will connect schools in Greenwich with schools in Jamestown, Accra. Longitudinal Dialogues will contribute to debates around art in the public realm and its role in communities, presenting urgent and innovative responses to sustainability, as well as raising awareness and generating questions around water and climate change.

The first iteration of Longitudinal Dialogues took place on 8 June 2020 with the online screening of The Displaced and workshop activity by Serge Attukwei Clottey with Royal Museums Greenwich for World Oceans Day. In September 2021, Serge Attukwei Clottey undertook a research residency hosted by RMG and co-curated by The Line and Arup Phase 2. Clottey spent time meeting museum curators, exploring the collection and archives and visiting locations at the water’s edge to develop ideas and approaches for his forthcoming commission on The Line in 2022. Clottey’s work will also inspire a series of school workshops building on connections between schools in Greenwich and Accra through the Totally Thames Story of Water programme.

Images:

The lighthouse in Jamestown, Accra, Ghana (Megan Piper)

Serge Attukwei Clottey visiting the Prince Phillip Maritime Collections Centre with Mat Cahil, Collections Learning Programme Producer, September 2021 (Sarah Carrington)

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