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Man and Brother

"Am I not a Man and a Brother" was the eighteenth-century slogan used on a medallion produced by potter and social reformer Josiah Wedgwood to raise awareness for the abolition of slavery. This campaign, led by the politician William Wilberforce, eventually led to the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.

Henry Tate, who was just 14 years old when the act was passed, was a sugar merchant, philanthropist and was also greatly concerned with the conditions of his workers.

This body of work represents the influence that slavery had over the rise of the British Empire and the perspectives of those reformers who were indirectly yet inextricably tied to the financial wealth generated by exploitative labour in Britain and its colonies.

  1. The Sweetened Path 2.2m x 2.2m floor consisting of 22500 painted Tate & Lyle sugar cubes.
  2. Coalport limited edition of Wilberforce House, Kingston-Upon-Hull with anti-slavery motif.
  3. Design for the anti-slavery medallion modelled by William Hackwood in 1787.
  4. Josiah Wedgwood anti-slavery medallion.
  5. Reproduction medallions with designs from paper tea plates.
  6. British Landscapes, Paper Plates (The "Frog Service" was a dinner service painted with 1222 views of British landscapes and produced by Josiah Wedgwood for Catherine the Great's summer palace built in a frog marsh outside St. Petersburg).
  7. Enlightenment, Digitally printed lithophane of anti-slavery medallion.
  8. Reproduction, collection of paper tea plates.
  9. A Taxonomy of Information, Acrylic and emulsion on canvas.
  10. Deconstructed, Limited edition digital prints (metadata from 3-D prints of anti-slavery medallions).
  11. The Cube sugar, gold leaf and watercolour.
  12. Man and Brother, 3-D prints of Henry Tate and Josiah Wedgwood.
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