Urbanism in Focus 3: Nelson Mandela International Day


11:00am until 7:00pm, July 18 2024

The Event

This trilogy of linked events will explore the challenges and opportunities for urban graphic heritage interventions in places named after people. The starting point is Nelson Mandela Park in Leicester, but we will venture towards several places named after Mandela in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. The issues discussed throughout the day may be applied to any location named after someone. Each session is designed to function independently but will also reference each other. Please attend those of interest.

 Nelson Mandela Park, Leicester




+ + +

1. Commemorations of Nelson Mandela in Nelson Mandela Park

Join us for a site walk of Nelson Mandela Park to reveal how various graphic heritage interventions commemorate Nelson Mandela. There will be an opportunity to discuss creative opportunities for enhancing the Park through creative placemaking.

18 July 2024 • 10:00–11:30 hrs • Nelson Mandela Park • Leicester

Book here. (Meet at the toilet block entrance on Welford Road.)


+ + +

2. Co-Design Opportunities for Heritage Interpretation and Placemaking

This session will share various strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration between creative industry practitioners, heritage professionals, archival specialists, policymakers, and urban planners.

18 July 2024 • 14:00–15:30 hrs • LCB Depot • Leicester

Book here. (Meet in the Courtyard Studio.)


+ + +

3. Graphic Heritage, Digital Design and Archival Practice

This dialogue between Dr Yolandi Burger (design research) and Zandile Myeka (archival studies) will reveal the opportunities and limitations of collaboration between otherwise disconnected activities through recounting joint work on the Named after Nelson: Learning from Places Named after Nelson Mandela through Graphic Heritage exhibition currently running at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.

18 July 2024 • 17:00–19:00 hrs • LCB Depot • Leicester

Book here. (Meet in the Courtyard Studio.)


+ + +


Above: Panels from the “Named after Nelson: Learning from places named after Nelson Mandela through Graphic Heritage exhibition. 25 April to 31 September 2024

+ + +

To learn more about the “Named after Nelson: Learning from places named after Nelson Mandela through Graphic Heritage‘ project see here. The project is a collaboration between Loughborough University, Nelson Mandela Foundation, and Tshwane University of Technology, made possible through funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) in the United Kingdom.

This event is organised in conjunction with Leicester Urban Observatory and LCB Depot.