A model of a patterned hibiscus flower with framed photos behind on the wall
Yinka Shonibare CBE, Hibiscus Rising Maquette, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Landscape design courtesy ©Planit-IE / ©Virtual Planit. Photo: Jules Lister

Hibiscus Rising: A Free Activity Day

  • Sat 25 Nov
  • 11am–4pm
  • The Tetley
  • Free
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This day of free activities marks the launch of Hibiscus Rising, a major permanent public artwork by world-renowned artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA.

Hibiscus Rising honours David Oluwale, the British Nigerian and Leeds resident whose personal story inspired local people to create a lasting legacy to mark his life. Oluwale drowned in the River Aire in April 1969 after being systematically harassed by members of the Leeds City police force.

Featuring Yinka Shonibare, Joe Williams, Yoruba Heritage Group Yorkshire, Khadijah Ibrahiim and more, the programme includes artist talks and walking tours, live music, poetry workshops and an open mic, as well as family-friendly craft workshops.

This project is a collaboration between The David Oluwale Memorial Association, LEEDS 2023 and Leeds City Council.

With support from Art Fund, Arts Council England and the Henry Moore Foundation

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