Mandela Poster Project

With just more than a week to go until the deadline of 28 June, the Mandela Poster Project has passed the 110-entry mark. What started off as an idea of two South African designers to honour Nelson Mandela through a simple social media exercise has now become an international initiative involving scores of designers from more than 45 countries and an endorsement of Icograda (International Council for Communication Design) as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The poster project, in honour of Nelson Mandela’s life-long contribution to humanity, is an independent volunteer initiative and aims to collect 95 exceptional posters from around the world and then donating them to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust towards establishing a dedicated children’s hospital in Johannesburg.

Says Marilena Farruggia, managing director of Icograda: "One can truly appreciate the contribution that a person can make through an initiative such as The Mandela Poster Project. In my eyes, this project gives palpable form to words expressed by Mr Mandela himself: ‘A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special'  ...  Someone special inspired something special and it now resonates worldwide in the design community.”

The collection will be curated with the final selection to be unveiled online on Madiba’s birthday on 18 July. The posters will then form part of a travelling exhibition. Invitations to this end have already been received from Brazil, Mexico, the USA, South Africa and China.

The initiative is open to all and entrants need to agree to donate their poster(s) without charge to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust and allow the trust to exhibit and reproduce copies as part of its fundraising programme. The trust will respect the intellectual rights of all contributors/creators and will not sell copies of the artwork without written permission.

Submissions can be mailed to (up to 6MB) or send a transfer link via Dropbox or YouSendIt to the same address for larger files. For further information, contact Jacques Lange at or Mohammed Jogie at

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