designs by Wayward

What is Mandela8 ?

Mandela8 is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Its initial vision is to see a permanent artwork that functions as an unique performance, conversation and contemplation space established at a Toxteth Liverpool 8 heritage site, to celebrate, commemorate and pursue the legacy of Nelson Mandela’s outstanding achievement for humanity.

The project will help to conserve and widely share existing historical and contemporary heritage, support community development and cohesion, produce a series of creative commissions and collaborations, with widespread community and educational engagement and participation.

This work will be located on an exceptional site of Heritage significance, a man-made island in the ornamental lake in Grade 2 listed Princes Park (Joseph Paxton, Architect). In the unique setting a great artwork will contribute valuably to the experience of this place for the communities of Liverpool, many of whom have been involved in the development of the ideas and designs, whilst also becoming a significant and renowned landmark for the City.

Nelson Mandela’s importance to Liverpool is well documented, and in Toxteth, the area known as Liverpool 8, Mandela was, and remains, a highly significant role model.

“Wayward is deeply honoured to be selected to design the Nelson Mandela Memorial, Liverpool. This important remembrance is for future generations to discover how the men and women in the great City of Liverpool stood with Nelson Mandela throughout his struggle to end apartheid and heal a fractured nation. The design of the memorial reflects upon the gardens Mandela tended to while incarcerated, notably in oil drums at Pollsmoor Prison, which stood as symbols of resistance, tools for resilience, spaces for reflection and platforms for community.” – Heather Ring, Director, Wayward

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Wayward, commissioned by Mandela8, developed the stunning Memorial design, in consultation with local communities and stakeholders and it has many synergies with Nelson Mandela’s journey:

The board

Sonia Bassey MBE Trustee and Chair

Paul Duhaney Trustee and Company Secretary

David Brown

Stephen Nze Advisor

Nick Birkinshaw Advisor

Mandela8 patrons

The Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

Trent Alexander-ArnoldLFC & England international

Kim JohnsonMP for Liverpool Riverside

Dawn ButlerMP for Brent Central

Paul Van Zyl Ex Executive Secretary, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Africa

Sir Nicholas Stalden Retired English High Court Judge

Lord Peter Hain Former leader of the UK anti-apartheid movement and MP

Emma Carey Managing Partner MSB Solicitors

Maria O’Reilly Activist & Community Leader

Wally Brown CBE Activist & Community Leader

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