Who we are

Artists and art-lovers, we all believe in the power of art to make a difference. We work with artists to expose the arms fair – painters, poets, performers & the passionate amateurs.

We run a biennial art exhibition to coincide with the arms fair being held in London. We are all volunteers. 

We are the proud receivers of the 2018 Nesta & Observer’s New Radicals award and an original Banksy in 2017.

Art the Arms Fair 2021

Bomb sale! With the world’s largest arms fair setting up shop in east London, we opened our own Bomb Boutique. Partnered with Art Represent, we featured artists including Guerrilla Girls, Cindy Sasha, Piers Secunda, Azim Fakhri and Mariia Kulikovskaya.

Artwork by Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives

Art the Arms Fair 2019

In 2019, the arms fair came back to London – and so did we. Our hard-hitting exhibition, auction and events programme featured work by Sir Anish Kapoor, Shepard Fairey, Hito Steyerl and Peter Kennard.

Image by Christopher Browne

Instagram Artist Residencies 2019

We were delighted to host two artist residencies:

The first residency was with Kris ‘Avery’ Stewart (1-15 June) – a self taught artist from Gateshead, North East England. He works under the brand of AqueminiArts.

The second was with Jill Gibbon (1-15 August). For the past ten years Jill Gibbon has visited arms fairs by dressing up as an arms trader – once inside she draws, and collects gifts from the stalls.

Art the Arms Fair 2017

We held an award-winning exhibition, featuring art from Banksy, Peter Kennard, Darren Cullen, Jill Gibbon and Danny Minnick. We also hosted events featuring Cassetteboy, Dizraeli, Attilla the Stockbroker and Kate Smurthwaite.

The exhibition and events attracted global press coverage. We also donated over £200,000 to Campaign Against the Arms Trade and Reprieve.