A blue plaque for David Oluwale in a vitrine as part of an exhibition at The Tetley
A blue plaque for David Oluwale, courtesy Leeds Civic Trust. Photo: Jules Lister

Rescheduled: David Oluwale Blue Plaque installation

  • Sun 23 Oct
  • 1–4pm
  • The Tetley
  • This event is fully booked.
  • Please note, numbers are limited for this event. Booking is managed by The David Oluwale Memorial Association.

Join Leeds Civic Trust and The David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) at The Tetley for the reinstallation of a blue plaque for David Oluwale.

Currently on display as part of our current exhibition, on Sunday 23 October the plaque will be reinstalled on Leeds Bridge. The original blue plaque was stolen in a racist hate crime, just hours after it was unveiled on 25 April 2022.

With music, dance and poetry at The Tetley, discover the full schedule to celebrate the reinstallation below:

1pm Meet on Leeds Bridge
  • Welcome from Cllr Jonathan Prior (Deputy Leader, Leeds City Council), Leeds Civic Trust and Cllr Abigail Marshall Katung (co-chair of the David Oluwale Memorial Association)
  • Ian Duhig will read ‘Forced’, a poem for David Oluwale
  • Dr Emily Zobel Marshall (co-chair, DOMA) will read her poem ‘He Returned (Remembering Oluwale)’
  • Music from steel pan duo Caribbean Breeze
  • Blue Plaque reinstallation
1.30–2pm Head to The Tetley

There will be a short break between programming with a chance to have some food and to see The Tetley’s current exhibition Hibiscus Rising: Creating a memorial for David Oluwale with Yinka Shonibare CBE.

  • Nigerian food by Tunto’s Aroma
  • Marcia, Sweet Treat Creator sells hibiscus cheesecake
  • A chance to purchase DOMA merchandise (T shirts, books, pens, posters, maps)
  • Music by DJ Fluid
2–3.30pm Speeches, poetry and music at The Tetley
  • Performance by the Yoruba Heritage Dance Troupe
  • Speech by Alison Lowe, OBE, Deputy Mayor of West Yorkshire
  • Songs for David Oluwale: Singer-songwriter Ellen Smith leads the David Oluwale Choir in Ellen’s arrangement of the songs composed by Leeds United fans in 1972
  • Poetry from Zodwa Nyoni, Ian Duhig and Abdullah Adekola
  • Music from Des Hurley and Friends (Leeds Irish Arts)
  • Poetry from Malika Booker, Chérie Taylor Battiste and Joel Leigh
  • Singer-songwriter Dayuur performs his Afrobeats

About the exhibition

Hibiscus Rising: Creating a memorial for David Oluwale with Yinka Shonibare CBE will be open until 5pm.

A collaboration between The Tetley, DOMA and LEEDS 2023, the exhibition imagines the future of David Oluwale’s legacy in Leeds.

Hibiscus Rising: Creating a memorial for David Oluwale with Yinka Shonibare CBE centres around a maquette 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’ Southbank next to the Oluwale footbridge on Meadow Lane.