Guerrilla Girls Protest Arms Fair

Image Credit: Tate Modern

Image Credit: Tate Modern

Bi-annually an arms fair is held in London Docklands. The Defence Systems & Equipment International Arms fair attracts 35,000 visitors and hosts arm dealers from all over the world. A counter-exhibition - Art the Arms Fair - was set up in 2017 as a protest against the sale of weapons due to their inhumane nature.

The exhibition is run by volunteers and all proceeds are donated to Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) and other anti-arms organisations. In the exhibition’s opening year, Banksy donated his work ‘Civilian Drone Strike’, which sold for £205,000. CAAT spokesmen Andrew Smith assured the money would be used “to ensure we mobilise even more people against the next arms fair, so that we can stop it from happening".

Banksy - Civillian Drone Strike - Image Credit: BBC News

Banksy - Civillian Drone Strike - Image Credit: BBC News

This year, over 200 artists will feature in the exhibition, including Peter Kennard and the Geurrilla Girls. The Guerrilla Girls are a collective of feminist artists founded in 1985. They have previously protested the arms trade by removing their work from the Design Museum last year after discovering the museum has hosted an event for a global arms company.

The exhibition will be open 12pm – 8pm weekdays and 10am – 8pm at the weekend at three different locations in Peckham. The exhibition is free but donations are welcomed.

Location – Maverick Projects, Peckham

TEXT BY ISOBEL GORMAN-BUCKLEY