Rare original Nelson Mandela art has gone on sale ahead of the world leader's first birthday since his passing in July. The event takes place at the World Museum Liverpool from July 3-6 and is part of the UK’s International Festival for Business. It will be a rare opportunity to view his artwork - The Long Walk to Freedom Collective, at Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair.
The drawings and handwritten motivations by Nelson Mandela to accompany the works are of great historical significance. The collective is being presented exclusively at the Fair by the prestigious art house, The Belgravia Gallery from London.
In advance of an event with the Nelson Mandela family & Graca Machel later in the year to launch the Nelson Mandela Opus publication, which features 30 pages on the art collection by Nelson Mandela, Belgravia Gallery are exhibiting three original works at the Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair, along with lithographs based on his time on Robben Island.
The organisers spent time with Mandela prior to his passing, and want to help continue his vision to raise funds for his foundation, supporting children with HIV.
Images include a pastel drawing by Mr Mandela done in 2002 featuring the map of Africa with many colours – indicative of the ‘rainbow nation’ Mr Mandela loved so much.
Also on show will be a colourful drawing of his home town, Qunu, where he was laid to rest in December 2013. Art Fair Co-Director, Shirley-Ann O’Neill said “This will be a rare opportunity to view and buy original Nelson Mandela’s art.
Over 7,000 visitors are expected to attend the event over three days, appealing to commercial buyers, private collectors, as well as experienced and novice art enthusiasts.
Visitors can also buy and view art from over 50 leading galleries including Visual Art, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass Work and much more.
Programming includes buyer previews, guided tours, educational workshops, guest speakers, live art and an extensive VIP programme.
Other Programme highlights include a celebrity art exhibition curated by Liverpool Love with world renown names include Noel Fielding, Stuart Sutcliffe, Christian Furr, Yoko Ono, and Sir Peter Blake.Liverpool Contemporary launches on July 3, with a VIP preview evening at the World Museum, William Brown Street. Visit www.liverpoolcontemporary.com