On 12th September 2017 one of the world’s largest arms fairs will set up shop in London. However, most people have no idea that it even exists. We want to make it visible.


You are invited to join Art the Arms Fair and make it the most talked about arms fair ever. The event will begin as a mass, en plein air, art event, on 9th September 2017, at 10:00am, artists will come armed with canvases, clay, and their creativity to the site of the fair to Art the Arms Fair. All art and artists welcome from painting to performance, sculptors to satirists.

All work produced will be taken to SET Space in Poplar to be shown alongside other donated art works for an exhibition coinciding with the DSEI Arms Fair 12th-15th September 2017. Work will be sold to support the work of Campaign Against Arms Trade.

We need artists, volunteers & money, so GET INVOLVED!

What is DSEI?

DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is the world’s largest arms fair. It allows arms buyers and sellers to network and make deals. It happens once every two years, in the second week in September, at ExCeL – the huge exhibition centre in London Docklands.

Time after time illegal torture equipment & cluster bombs are on sale, and the majority of countries on the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s own list of human rights & democracy concerns list will be invited.
You can find out more on the website of Campaign Against Arms Trade:

So how come I haven’t heard about it?

Because the arms trade doesn’t like people knowing about their deals to despotic regimes. They want to stay in the shadows – and with good reason.

When people find out about the horrors that the arms trade support they don’t want the world’s largest arms fair in their city. That’s why we need artists to show the world what is happening at the arms fair.

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