Chilean Mural Restoration Project
About the Mural
During a building upgrade in 2017 we uncovered a hidden Chilean mural.
Painted in 1976 by Chilean students and activists who left their home country to escape persecution, it represents their efforts to draw attention to General Pinochet’s regime in Chile and acts as a symbol of workers solidarity, a crucial part of Chilean heritage.
An example of LUU’s own rich heritage in supporting student political expression, it also reminds us of the importance and value in welcoming refugees into our communities.
The restoration was completed with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and by artist Kasia Breska.
The project has re-established the mural’s cultural significance as a piece of community and political art within both the Chilean and local communities.
Conversations with the Chilean Community
Listen to members of the Chilean community discuss the mural, what it means to them and their experience of Pinochet's Regime.
These recordings were collected by a team of MA students here at Leeds, who produced resources dedicated to refugees and asylum seekers, bringing members of the student, local and Chilean communities together.
Mural Restoration Over Time
Visit the Mural
The mural is held within one of our student advice rooms, so if you'd like to see the mural for yourself, planning in advance is key.
Contact Sally on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a viewing.
Access online resources
We have a range of media resources from the Pinochet regime which reflects life in Leeds for the Chilean community and the activist movement in Leeds to support the community.
If you'd like access to the online resources contact us on email@example.com
We'd love to thank Sue Buckle who lent us all the archive material so we could ensure it could be digitised.
Political Chilean Mural Hidden for Over 40 Years to be Restored at Leeds University Union
A recently uncovered Chilean mural created in the 1970s by political refugees in Leeds University Union will undergo restoration to re-establish its cultural significance as a piece of community and political art within both the Chilean and local communities.Read article See all news