The Surrey Gallery in England will exhibit Nelson Mandela's artworks to celebrate 30 years since he became President of South Africa.

The gallery will display Mandela's signed lithographs depicting his time in Robben Island prison. Laura Walford, the gallery's general manager, said Mandela's legacy was "enormous and immeasurable".

The exhibition will start on June 10 and continue throughout the summer.

Mandela, who passed away in 2013, spent 27 years in prison, 18 of which were on Robben Island. After his release in 1990, he became South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994.

Showings in the gallery will be by appointment only.

Who is Nelson Mandela?
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, also known as Madiba (18 July 1918 - 5 December 2013), was a South African anti-apartheid activist and the first black president of the Republic of South Africa. In 1994, he was elected president in the elections in which all the people participated for the first time. His administration has focused on dismantling the legacy of Apartheid, curbing racism, poverty and inequality. Mandela, who is a Democratic Socialist in political views, served as party chairman of the African National Council political party from 1990 to 1999.

Born as the son of the tribal chief in the Tembu (Thembu) tribe, which speaks the Kosa (Xhosa) language, which belongs to the Bantu languages, Mandela studied law at Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand. While living in the townships of Johannesburg, he embraced the anti-colonial movement and joined the ANC, becoming a founding member of its youth wing. When the National Party implemented Apartheid in 1948, he stood out in the ANC's Defiance Campaign in 1952 and was elected as chairman of the Transvaal ANC branch at the People's Congress. While working as a lawyer, he was repeatedly arrested for provocative activities and the Treason Trials, which lasted from 1956 to 1961. Although he initially promised non-violent protests, he collaborated with the South African Communist Party and founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) organization in 1961, which would later attack state targets. He was arrested in 1962 and sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. Mandela served his sentence first on Robben Island and then in Pollsmoor Prison. Meanwhile, an international campaign was organized for his release, which was approved in 1990, 27 years later. Mandela, who became ANC president after his release from prison, wrote his autobiography and wrote to president F.W. de Klerk and the establishment of a public election in 1994, in which the ANC won with a large majority, led to negotiations to end Apartheid. As President, he created a new constitution and created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights violations, while implementing policies such as land reform, fighting poverty and improving health. Internationally, he played a role as a mediator during the Lockerbie Disaster negotiations between Libya and the United Kingdom. He refused to contest a second election and was replaced by his deputy, Thabo Mheki. Mandela later became involved in charity work as a national leader, fighting mostly against poverty and AIDS.

Mandela won international acclaim for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid views and won over 250 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is considered the "Father of the Nation" in South Africa.