The passing of Nelson Mandela in 2013 gripped the world, being felt throughout the hearts of every nation. This summer, the city of Liverpool is hosting a rare opportunity to view and buy his artwork – The Long Walk to Freedom Collective, at Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair.  The event is taking place at the World Museum 3 to 6 July and is part of the UK’s International Festival for Business (IFB 2014).  

The drawings and handwritten motivations by Nelson Mandela to accompany the works are of great historical significance. The collective is being presented at the Fair by the prestigious art house, The Belgravia Gallery from London. Art Fair Co-Director, Shirley-Ann O’Neill said “This will be a rare opportunity to view and buy original Nelson Mandela’s art. We are very privileged to be entrusted with the sale of these iconic pieces to allow his vision to continue. This art collection will no doubt be a highlight of the Fair”.

Visitors can also buy and view art from over 60 leading galleries including Visual Art, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass Work and much more. Over 7,000 visitors are expected to attend the event over 3 days, appealing to commercial buyers, private collectors, as well as experienced and novice art enthusiasts.  Programming includes buyer previews, guided tours, educational workshops, guest speakers, live art and an extensive VIP programme.

Liverpool Contemporary will be the city’s first internationally recognised Commercial Arts Fair.  CEO of Liverpool Vision Max Steinberg said “We are pleased to be hosting the UK’s newest International Arts Fair at the Festival.  Liverpool Contemporary will provide an important a platform for galleries, commercial art buyers and collectors to trade globally, as well as an important cultural experience”. 

Liverpool Contemporary launches on the 3rd of July with a VIP preview evening at the World Museum, William Brown Street. A preview evening will give an opportunity for commercial buyers, interior designers, collectors, press and VIPs, to view the collections in advance, to meet with galleries and artists to purchase art before it goes on sale to the general public.