In September 2019 the world’s largest arms fair will quietly set up shop in London. It will sell weapons and tools of torture to delegates from all over the world. As in 2017, Art the Arms Fair will make sure that it doesn’t go unnoticed.
We are excited to announce that this year Nesta has selected Art the Arms Fair as one of their New Radicals. New Radicals ‘showcases 50 radical thinking individuals and organisations changing the UK for the better’. The award is published in The Observer (offsite link). It recognises our aim to draw attention to the DSEI Arms Fair and create positive and radical change.
We are delighted to be included in such an amazing group of people. We look forward to collaborating with other New Radicals in the future.
10 September 2018 – ‘Bang! and the World is Gone!’
A satirical ad by artist Darren Cullen has appeared across London this morning. It is now a year to the day until the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair takes place at the ExCeL Centre. Companies that are central to building Britain’s nuclear missile submarines, warheads and reactors, such as BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin, will be exhibiting at and sponsoring DSEI. They will also be joined there by ‘trade visitors’ and military delegations from human rights abusing regimes.
The ad says the Nuke is ‘now x3000 more powerful than Hiroshima’, ‘ethnically cleansing,’ ‘tested on humans’ and ‘tackles stubborn buildings, women, children, pots and pans.’ Darren Cullen is one of the artists who will be contributing to the Art the Arms Fair exhibition, which will coincide with the (DSEI) Arms Fair in September 2019.
‘Audiences as well as artists celebrate an aesthetic of responsibility; looking closely rather than looking away.’ A fascinating reflection on the power of art to actively engage audiences in dialogues about war from @bourke_joanna 's latest book.