West Leeds community event discusses David Oluwale sculpture garden proposal

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West Leeds residents are being invited to a community event to discuss plans for a major new sculpture garden to honour David Oluwale in the centre of Leeds.

The event, to be held at Left Bank in Burley tomorrow (Tuesday, 5 July 2022) runs from 6pm-7.30pm and is being organised by the David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA).

There will be a short film, some short talks and lots of discussion.

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Venue, Left Bank, on Cardigan Road, Burley.

DOMA, Leeds City Council and Leeds 2023 Year of Culture are aiming to commission a sculpture by renowned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare.

A DOMA spokesperson said:

“It will be an awe-inspiring thing of beauty, 10 metres high, to be placed in the lovely Meadow Lane Green Space in Leeds 11, just south of the River Aire, close to Leeds Bridge. It will be installed in 2023 (funding permitting).

“Our idea is that this sculpture garden will be a special place where all the peoples of Leeds, people of all colours, classes, religions and genders, can come together. We aim to stage performances there, with food and music, during the spring and summer months. The sculpture will attract visitors from all over the world. People will learn about the history of Leeds and what we are doing to make it a better place for all.”

Consultation events are being held in different parts of Leeds.

More details about the West Leeds consultation event – and to book your free place – can be found here.

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