We Love Mandela: Art Inspired by Madiba


We Love Mandela, Art Inspired by Madiba is comprehensive exhibition of artworks in the image of, and inspired by, Nelson Mandela to be launched ahead of a world tour commencing at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London. The exhibition, which will be open to the public from 3 – 16 October, has been sponsored and made possible by Nedbank Private Wealth.

Despite having been postponed on a number of occasions this year due to Nelson Mandela’s health, the launch and exhibition will take place on the express wishes of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

We Love Mandela: Art inspired by Madiba is the culmination of numerous art exhibitions held during Mandela’s milestone birthdays, namely his 90th and most recently held for his 94th birthday. It was most recently held in Johannesburg's Peacemakers museum.

The exhibition, which is free of entry charge and from which no artworks will be sold, will showcase a significant collection of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, cartoons, beadwork, prints and gold medallions from a variety of artists. It is destined to be showcased in other world capitals following its London launch.

The exhibition is a precursor to South Africa’s celebration of 20 years of democracy. London has been earmarked for the international launch following the City’s longstanding contribution to the fight against Apartheid, which included concerts at Wembley, numerous rallies held on Trafalgar Square and an active fight from a number of key British political figures.

The artists include Wayne Barker, Richard Chauke, Loren Hodes, David Koloane Kagisa Pat Mautloa, Billy and Jane Makhubele, Johannes Maswanganyi, Collen Maswanganyi, Rankadi Daniel Mosako, Velaphi Mzimba, Roy Ndinisa, Len Sak, Jurgen Schadeberg, Joachim Schonfeldt, Eric Sher, Dean Simon, Alfred Thoba, Lena Woolf, Susan Woolf and Zapiro.

The exhibition will also include a reproduction of the acclaimed Mandela portrait by world-renowned British artist, Richard Stone, who will be present at the launch sharing his experience of working with Madiba first hand on a number of occasions.