In September 2017 the world’s largest arms fair came to London. Most people had no idea that it even exists.

Artists donated pieces from across the world, and came together outside the arms fair to create new work. We held an exhibition, and pictures of it dominated the media coverage around the arms fair. Art sales & donations raised over £200,000 for Campaign Against Arms Trade & Reprieve and helped make it the most talked about arms fair ever.

In September 2019 the arms fair plans to return to London. If it does, we’ll will too.


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.

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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