‘We Touched the Sky’: the new online educational resource, freely available HERE, NOW

copy-Chile-40-Years-On-LogoSmall1Learn about the Chilean experience, via video interviews with exiled Chileans living in Britain. They tell their life stories, from their initial inspiration as Allende and Popular Unity came to power in 1970, the extraordinary achievements they were part of, and their personal experiences in the run-up to, and on the day of the military coup (Sept 11th 1973) and its aftermath.

Four Chileans with widely different experiences tell of the euphoria of being part of huge social advances, the repression they suffered, the solidarity they received, and their arrival in Britain to make new lives as exiles and activists.

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Un nuevo y certero atentado contra la democracia

Juan Pablo Cárdenas S.18.02.2018 “Explicaciones hay muchas ante la pérdida de una revista tan importante y solvente como Punto Final. Sin embargo, lo que más desalienta es que no exista entre aquellos “chilenos que les ha ido bien”, y siguen profesando (según dicen) las causas del progresismo, un esfuerzo por salvar a esta revista, pero también proponerse entregar recursos que alimenten la diversidad informativa”.

El director de la Revista Punto Final ha anunciado el inminente cierre de su publicación. Problemas financieros serían la causa de que se apague una publicación de más de 50 años de existencia y que ha representado con lucidez la visión del progresismo o de la izquierda en nuestro país.

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Symposium: Contextualising the Chilean Mural at Leeds University Union



Y Habrá Trabajo Para Todos… And there will be work for all

Pyramid Theatre, Leeds University Union

Friday 16 February 2018

13.00 to 18.00




In 1976, a group of Chileans in exile painted a mural on a student common room wall in the Leeds University Union building. Later hidden behind a temporary ceiling and kitchen wall, the mural was finally uncovered in 2017.

To mark the restoration and interpretation of the mural, this symposium will examine the different visual and political contexts within which we can situate the LUU Chilean mural. Invited academics and arts professionals will present a series of examples which explore the politics and poetics of public art, politics and murals in Chilean, South American and other global contexts.

Booking is essential as places are limited. To book your place [email protected]

For more information, visit: www.fine-art.leeds.ac.uk/events/Chilean-mural-symposium

ProgrammeChilean Mural Symposium Booklet



The graphic novel ‘Introduction to Chile’ in PDF version now!

AIsheet_smallOriginally produced in 1975 by the Chile Solidarity Campaign, and authored by Chris Welch, a reprint of the graphic novel ‘Introduction to Chile’, together with an e-version of the book was produced on the 40th Anniversary of the military coup by the Chile40YearsOn network with the support of Unite the Union. Now, on the year of the 45th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce the PDF version of it that can be downloaded free of charge from the bottom of the page. -This replaces the e-book.

It’s a great read, with humour and great cartoons, as well as an excellent rundown of Chilean history from Chile 45 Years On Logo5cmthe Conquistadors to Allende’s Socialist Government of Popular Unity, the Pinochet coup, the Solidarity movement here and the Chileans’ lives as political exiles in Britain.

Somehow an ebook version brings out sharply the story’s contemporary relevance – to Latin America and the worldwide onward march of neo-liberalism.






Alfredo Jaar : at Leeds Uni and Yorkshire Sculpture Park




Leeds University

21st March 2018 / 14.00-16.00


On Wednesday 21st March, Alfredo Jaar will visit the university and speak from 14.00-16.00 at 28 University Road (next to Fine Art, a couple of minutes’ walk from the Union building) – Plus a visit to the recently Chilean Mural at LUU.  All are welcome.



Yorkshire Sculpture Park:

22nd March 2018 / 19.00 to 20.30

YSP Centre

From £10

A powerful and captivating speaker, Alfredo Jaar discusses the inspiration behind his most recent projects, including the creation of The Garden of Good and Evil and his YSP exhibition.

Jaar is known as of one of the most uncompromising, compelling, and innovative artists working today. Born in Chile and now living and working in New York, Jaar’s provocative projects have been shown all over the world. This event presents a rare opportunity to hear the artist talk about his experience and profound practice, which spans across film, photography and installation to cast light on aspects of current world affairs that are seldom explored in international news reporting.





Rob Jones RIP

RobJonesRIPWe at ChileScda were very saddened to learn about Rob Jones passing.  He was very supportive to all Chilean refugees that came to live in Sheffield fleeing Pinochet’s dictatorship.

Rob will be always remembered by our community for his passion and solidarity in denouncing the human rights atrocities of Pinochet’s dictatorship and also for opening his family doors to our compañera Silvia Parra (RIP).

We offer our heartfelt condolences and solidarity to Rob’s family, and to all his colleagues and friends in this difficult time.

Rob will be sorely missed.

Compañero Rob Jones, ¡Presente!, ¡Ahora y Siempre!

Pedro Fuentes

Chilean Community, South Yorkshire (ChileScda)


Ethel Shephard RIP

26169219_10156709014106754_7463332087210789423_n Today we said goodbye to Ethel Shephard. Ethel was a founding member of the Cambridge Chile Human Rights Committee during the 1970s. She helped newly arrived Chileans fleeing from the dictatorship by providing housing advice, furniture and the most basic but necessary things.
In the 1980s she also helped to form a committee of solidarity for the miners’ children during the strike. 
A committed communist party member and all round philanthropist, she understood what fleeing unspeakable horrors entailed, due to her Jewish heritage.
She will be greatly missed by many people in Cambridge.
Thank you, Ethel for everything you have done for our community.

aleha ha-shalom

Hasta luego compañera 

Carole Bell, Cambridge.


The Chilean community in South Yorkshire send their most heartfelt condolences to Cra Ethel family, camarades, friends and a toda la comunidad de exiliados en Cambridge.

Compañera Ethel Shepard, ¡Presente! ¡Ahora y Siempre!!

Pedro Fuentes


La Muralla: ‘Uncovering the Chilean Mural’


” This mural was recently discovered in Leeds University Union (LUU). It was recognised by Mario Álvarez Fuentes, who then contacted the wider Chilean community. The Chilean community lead by Gilberto Hernández and Pedro Fuentes contacted LUU in an open letter expressing the importance of the mural. LUU, The Chilean Community, The University of Leeds and the Heritage Lottery Fund are all now working together to help save this mural, tell the story of how it came to be here, and remind Leeds of the role it played in Chilean History. The mural was painted in 1976 by Chilean men who had fled the military dictatorship. The mural was painted as part of the solidarity movement, in an effort to make a wider community aware of the atrocities happening in Chile.” Link to  La Muralla* where you’d find a documented insight about the past and the very present of the project.

*La Muralla was created as part of a group project for the MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies course at the University of Leeds

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More links: Yorkshire Evening Post: ‘Forgotten Leeds mural tells enduring story of solidarity’ 


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