Oct. 3 - In recognition of the important role London played in the anti-apartheid struggle, the city hosts the international launch of the ''We Love Mandela'' art exhibition, which is set to travel the world. Tara Cleary reports.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Nelson Mandela, the first president of a democratic South Africa, acknowledging London's contribution to the fight against apartheid, which included numerous protests. Now the city's South Africa House is hosting the international launch of the "We Love Mandela" art exhibition. Curator, Natalie Knight describes the show. SOUNDBITE: Natalie Knight, curator of "We Love Mandela", saying (English): "Often people, they know the name Mandela, they have seen the image of Mandela, but who really is Mandela? What I tried to do in this show is to give you different facets of his of his life, to trace a kind of story of the man." One of the paintings is a striking portrait of Mandela, created by British artist, Richard Stone. SOUNDBITE: Richard Stone, British portrait artist, saying (English): "As a portrait painter, here I had the opportunity to paint the most famous man in the world. And here I am with my little sketch book and my small box of paints being given the task of representing not just his likeness but capturing something of his personality, and so it was a very big deal." Some of the artists featured, especially anti-apartheid resistance painters, only received recognition after Mandela's release from prison. "We Love Mandela" will be open in London until October the 16th and will then travel around the world.