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The lost art of Santiago Bell: Crowdfunding

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Santiago Bell was a Chilean sculptor who left Chile for the UK in 1975 as a political refugee after the violent military coup led by Augusto Pinochet two years earlier.

An Art Teacher, Socialist, Politician, Sculptor, Christian and Activist, Santiago created communities simply by generating a space for people to work, talk and release their talents.

Santiago was one of 28,000 political prisoners arrested, imprisoned, and tortured shortly after the military takeover. Thanks to efforts by solidarity groups in the UK, Amnesty International and due to his British heritage, Santiago was released in 1975.

Many thousands of people in his position were murdered or ‘disappeared’

“Either they shot you or they tried to kill you slowly. They tried to kill me slowly, by beatings and torture and madness in solitary confinement. Ten of my ribs were broken and didn’t set properly. My kidneys don’t work well because of the beatings. People say this has made me wise. Well, I would rather be stupid and not have had the lesson. I learnt things, but they were all dark things”

Santiago Bell

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Christopher Bell, the grandson of Santiago Bell, raised in Cambridge the city he first arrived in back in 1975; and coordinator of the crowdfunding initiative, says “After he passed away in 2005, we were left with an extraordinary body of work. In our journey to salvage these amazing sculptures, we have come to realise that they are more than just pieces of art but tools that Santiago used to change lives. Since 2005, the work has fallen into disrepair, having been stored in garages, living rooms and attics”.

  “Much of the work is damaged, has parts missing or is missing altogether. We need proper funding to get a decent work space and assign the right people to bring the work back to life. With the funding, we would also arrange the shipping of the missing sculptures.”

” Christopher concludes “We need your help, to first and foremost help us to preserve these great works of art and the story and message behind them”.

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May Day Celebrations: (Re)Thinking Solidarity in the 21st Century

The recent rise of authoritarian, macho and right-wing populist governments in many parts of the globe has been accompanied by a renewed attack on the rights of workers, women, minority groups and migrants. This event acknowledges that too often conventional forms of solidarity also bear the hallmarks of the eurocentric, male, and hierarchical models of thinking and organising. In doing so they undervalue countless important struggles that are undertaken by the less visible that could provide for radically alternative visions and practices. On International Labour Day we ask you to join us for a discussion on what we learn from these serious challenges but also from our sharing of recent local and international victories. In order to more effectively confront exploitation, empire and patriarchy we ask, “What must solidarity look like in the 21st Century?”

This free event will feature presentations from within and outwith Scotland followed by a collective sharing of experiences from recent campaigns in Scotland and beyond. Guest speakers include:

Pedro FuentesSurvivor of Pinochet dictatorship and community activist, “Resistance, the public space and solidarity in the neoliberal era: lessons from Pinochet’s Chile”.

Su-ming KhooSchool of Political Science and Sociology, University of Galway, Ireland, “Visible Repair – ethics of solidarity in a world of hardening identities”

Titilayo FarukuoyeVice President (Diversity), University of Strathclyde Student Association, “Intersectional activism-Breathing international solidarity”

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“Thinking Chile: Fresh ideas and new perspectives”: Invitation for submitting abstracts.

The Chilean Society of The University of Edinburgh and ChileGlobal Seminars UK invite students and researchers to submit abstracts for the open
track “Thinking Chile: Fresh ideas and new perspectives”. Presentations will be delivered during the morning and afternoon of the 8th of February 2019.

Presentations can be submitted to one of the four themes of the seminar: 

One Health for Latin American Development
Sustainable Cities in Latin America
Artificial Intelligence
Arts, Culture and Society

Submission and presentations:

 Oral presentations should be delivered in English.
 Presentations should last no longer than 10 minutes and there will be 5 additional minutes for questions from the audience.
The use of ppt or another audio-visual support is optional but encouraged.

  • How to apply & additional information: presenters should send an abstract of max. 300 words and a short biography of the author of max.100 words through the link below
  • Please, apply Here 

Travel/accommodation bursaries: Up to £80, Contact

Rotherham Rising: Building the Future

 

¡Nae Pasaran! is back in Sheffield: 1st and 3rd January 2019

 

Yes!! The film is back to the Showroom for only two screenings:

Tuesday 1st January at 20.15 & Thursday 3rd January at 18.00

1974. Factory workers in Scotland refuse to repair jet engines from the

Chilean Air Force in protest against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.

Four years later, the engines mysteriously disappear, ending the longest

single action of international solidarity in the UK. The workers never

found out the scale of their impact. Until now.

NOW BOOKING

Tue 1 Jan 2019  20.15

Thu 3 Jan 2019  18.00

                                                                                      To book, click a time above.

Supported by Creative Scotland, Unite the union, Unison, National Union of Journalist and Amnesty UK.

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Bread & Roses: Songwriting and Spoken Word Award 2018

 

The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) and Culture Matters are pleased to announce the second edition of their successful Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award. The Musicians’ Union is also sponsoring and supporting the Award.

The Award is an example of cultural democracy – the struggle for a more democratic and socialist approach to the arts and all cultural activities, accompanying the struggle of the working class for political and economic democracy. Our aim is to encourage young and emerging musicians and performers in particular to write material relevant to working-class people, culture and communities.

There is a £100 cash prize for each of the top five entries. The judges will be drawn from practising performers, the CWU, the MU, and members of Culture Matters.

Rules and Guidelines for Submissions

1. Entry is free and is open to all residents of Great Britain, regardless of trade union membership.

2. Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working-class life, communities, culture and concerns.

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A ponerse las pilitas para el Encuentro/Comida de Navidad!

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El sábado 15 de Diciembre 2018 a las 16.00. (Llega a la hora po’)
Mastique del güeno hecho por manos benditas 😉 
 Bingo, Rifa, Risas, Chascarros y Canturreos
Ah… y el homenaje a Camilo Catrillanca.
Cooperación: £6.00 y £3.00 para niños de 5 hasta 10 años.

St James’ Church Hall, esquina de Scott Rd con Abbeyfield Rd. Sheffield 4 (mapa)

*Apuntarse, pls por medio del fb (Chile Scda) o deja un mensaje aquí.

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