Yinka Shonibare CBE RA to create new sculpture for Leeds that will be a welcoming space for contemplation and a fitting legacy for David Oluwale

Posted 17:00, 11 Jan 2021
By: Anita Morris

A new sculpture from international artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, has been commissioned by the David Oluwale Memorial Association [DOMA] to honour the life of the British Nigerian and Leeds resident whose personal story inspired local people to create a lasting legacy to mark his life.  The sculpture will be unveiled as part of Leeds 2023, the city’s landmark year of culture.

Following years of work by DOMA, Shonibare’s sculpture will be a significant project in the programme for Leeds 2023. Currently in the research and development stage, with the support of a challenge grant from Leeds 2023, a scaled maquette will be produced by Shonibare in 2021 to accompany a series of community engagement events, an integral part of the project.

Click here to read an interview with Yinka Shonibare about the project in The Guardian,