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ART THE ARMS FAIR

Organizers: Art the Arms Fair Collective (United Kingdom); Collaborators: Campaign Against the Arms Trade (United Kingdom); Location: London, United Kingdom; Years: 2016–present

Every two years London is host to one of the largest arms fairs, where delegations from around the world trade and purchase weaponry. Running parallel, the Art the Arms Fair exposes and expands discourse on the international arms trade’s role in contemporary society. Through visual art exhibitions, lectures, and workshops, along with poetry, comedy, and music events, artists and the wider public voice opposition while envisioning alternatives to the war industry. Free to all, the diverse set of art offerings present a more accessible format for people who are not comfortable engaging in confrontational protests.

Image: Pattern, Tank, Tristan Oliver, 2019; Credit: Courtesy of Tristan Oliver