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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

An Evening of words and music at Warwick Uni

Day of the Dead, in Sheffield

 

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Day of the Dead: Poetry and Music Day,

by the

Sheffield Institute of Art

Sat 3 November 2018. 11:00 – 15:30

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

A dramatisation of Robert Tressel’s book

by Townsend Productions


Supported by Vision Sheffield festival

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‘The Spirit of 1968’ at Sheffield Trades & Labour Club

A stirring, riotous and inspiring celebration of 150 years of union struggle!

Monday 24th September 7.30pm

Doors open 6.45pm

(the bar will also be open)

At Sheffield Trades & Labour Club

200 Duke Street S2 5QQ**

Tickets £10 and £6.00 (concessions)


* Also tickets can be reserved by email to

[email protected]

**Bus120 (to Halfway) : Arundel Gate (stop AG1)

Organised by Sheffield Trades Union Council

 

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