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Hibiscus Rising: Creating a memorial for David Oluwale with Yinka Shonibare CBE

  • 11 Sep 2022 – 8 Jan 2023
  • Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–5pm
  • Shirley Cooper Gallery & Gallery 9
  • Free entry

The Tetley presents a new exhibition in collaboration with The David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) and LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture, imagining the future of David Oluwale’s legacy in Leeds.

The exhibition centres around a maquette – a smaller model of a proposed larger scale work – created by artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA as part of a proposal for a public memorial for David Oluwale. The proposed artwork, Hibiscus Rising, will stand at 9.5 metres high, and be located in Leeds’ South Bank next to the Oluwale footbridge on Meadow Lane.

This major new public artwork will tell a story of hope, growth and renewal for the city and raise awareness of Oluwale’s story.

Hibiscus Rising has been commissioned by DOMA to honour the life of the British Nigerian and Leeds resident, who drowned in the River Aire on 18 April 1969 after being systematically harassed by members of the Leeds City Police force.

Blue plaque for David Oluwale

The reinstallation of a blue plaque for David Oluwale on Leeds Bridge has been postponed (previously scheduled for on Sunday 11 September 2022).

In the meantime, the plaque is on display at The Tetley as part of this exhibition. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on a new date for reinstallation with our partners DOMA, Leeds Civic Trust and Leeds City Council.

This exhibition is a collaboration between The Tetley, The David Oluwale Memorial Association and LEEDS 2023, supported by Leeds City Council