Anti-arms-fair art exhibition opens in London

Over 70 artists have donated their work.

As one of the world’s biggest arms fairs comes to London, an anti-arms art exhibition has opened in Peckham.

The DSEI Arms Fair takes place every two years at East London’s Excel Centre.

Liz Truss’ Department of International Trade is in charge of sending out the invites and chaperoning the military delegations from countries like Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Turkey and Bahrain, who come to buy weapons.

The fair is always met by protesters, who try to stop the military equipment entering the venue.

As well as protests though, anti-arms activists have organised an art exhibition in Peckham, South London.

Work is being exhibited from over 70 artists including Sir Anish Kapoor, Shepard Fairey, Peter Kennard, Hito Steyerl and Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan.

Dogan was released from prison in Turkey this year. There are also be pieces by Yemeni artists Saba Jallas and Ahmed Jahaf.

Alongside this, there iscommunity art including a sculpture by the Bradfield Youth Club, which remembers young Londoners lost to knife crime and offers solidarity with young victims of armed violence around the world.

Art will be sold or auctioned mainly to support the work of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), in addition to other organisations at the request of the artist.

The first Art the Arms Fair event took place in 2017. It included an original art piece from Banksy which was sold for £205,000.

Here’s some of the art on show.

Peace Guard 2 by Shepherd Fairey
HUNG DRAWN-1 by Peter Kennard
Jill Gibbon
Yemeni artist Ahmed Jahaf
Yasmine Diaz – Marble Tub
Dawn by Saba Jallas
Anish Kapoor
Bradfield Youth Club
Zehra Dogan was released from Turkish prison last year
Arms we Need – Ralph Steadman
Disarmed by Mayassah Alsander

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One Response to “Anti-arms-fair art exhibition opens in London”

  1. Dave Roberts

    Couldn’t agree more so take this up with the Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs who is in business with Howard Dawber a director of Canary Wharf and one of the people behind the arms fair. [email protected].

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