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Aidan Grills’ (CEO, LUU) statement on the future of the Mural/Memorial.

Yesterday [Wedenesday 12.04.2017] I had the pleasure of meeting with some members of the Leeds Chilean Community and Chilean Community Association, South Yorkshire about the possibility of preserving a mural uncovered in our building. The piece of political art was found after contractors removed our old Terrace kitchen as part of our current Union Upgrade project.

As a result of this meeting and all the messages I have received from members of the public, I am happy to announce that I will be working closely with the University to ensure this mural is restored and displayed once again in our Union.

I was moved by the history and significance of the artwork that we’ve unknowingly had in our building for the last 42 years. The mural represents our support given to Chilean refugees in the 1970s – something I am very proud to now be a part of preserving.

I have instructed the contractors not to progress any further work around the wall and will be working closely with the Leeds Chilean Community and the Chilean Community Association to ensure we restore the artwork in the most respectful way possible.

I look forward to being able to celebrate this piece of political art further and will provide more information as the project progresses.

Aidan Grills

Chief Executive

Leeds University Union