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Portrait of the Day: Nelson Mandela

Past event archive
24 April 2019, 12:30

Room 32

Free

  • Talks and Lectures

Nelson Mandela
by Ian Homer Walters
2008, based on a work of 2001
NPG 6868

Former leader of the African National Congress, Nelson Mandela 'Madiba' was South Africa's first black head of state and the first president to be elected democratically. From 1964-90, he was imprisoned for his involvement in the armed resistance to apartheid. During his incarceration, Mandela became an international symbol of freedom, social justice and racial equality. His period of presidency (1994-1999) saw the reconciliation of black and white South Africans, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (with F. W. de Klerk) in 1993. He was committed to combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation, founded in 1999. 

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.