Monthly Archives: August 2019

Quakers at Arts the Arms Fair

When the arms fair returns to London in September, Art the Arms Far will be back too. We are organising two weeks of art, music and poetry to expose the arms fair. We’d would love for you to visit the exhibition, attend an event, or volunteer to help us out, if you are able and willing.

We know that the arms trade, peace and conflict is an issue many f/Friends are passionate about, and some young f/Friends have been involved in the organisation of Art the Arms Fair.

Here is a poetic contribution from Robert Ilson of Hampstead Meeting.

A Tale Too Often Told

My dearest friend acquired a gun

I did not want to be outdone

And got one too.  We both were proud

To stand out from the gunless crowd

And felt protected from assaults

Our lives seemed perfect, free from faults

 

Until one day we disagreed

Our voices rose.  We felt a need

To flaunt our weapons, did not fear

The horror that was looming near.

His bullet failed ; mine hit its mark

My friend fell into Death’s long dark

 

I live yet cannot cease to grieve

My sadness will not ever leave

But is there no one else to blame ?

Yes ! There’s one more must bear the shame :

He who oblivious of their harms

Makes money out of selling arms

                        Robert Ilson

https://artthearmsfair.com/

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Art The Arms Fair

Art The Arms Fair

Image of a work by Banksy - a 'child's' drawing of a house exploding and a child & dog running away. Three model drones hang above, and two lamps either side.Dear Friends,
We would like to invite you and your meeting to support Art the Arms Fair 2019.
When the arms fair returns to London in September, Art the Arms Far will be back too. We are organising two weeks of art, music and poetry to expose the arms fair. We’d would love for you to visit the exhibition, attend an event, or volunteer to help us out, if you are able and willing.
We know that the arms trade, peace and conflict is an issue many f/Friends are passionate about, and some young f/Friends have been involved in the organisation of Art the Arms Fair.
In friendship, Katy Oliver – responsible for stuff(!)
Volunteer
 
Can you help us make Art the Arms Fair a success?
 
We are asking for volunteers to help invigilate the exhibition and to welcome visitors  – especially during the daytime. Art the Arms Fair will be open 3-13 September in three location in Peckham in south East London. We will pay transport costs, provide a full volunteer briefing and there will be a member of the Art the Arms Fair team available and present whilst you are volunteering.
If you think you can help please email katystopp@gmail.com to say that you are interested, or you can find more information about volunteering on our website.
We are a volunteer-run project, and would love your support.
 
Visit
We invite you to visit Art the Arms Fair’s exhibition or come to one of our evening events.
Art produced from all over the world will be shown and sold in a two week long exhibition in London 3-13 September in opposition to the arms fair. Includes works by Peter Kennard, Hito Steyerl, Guerrilla Girls and artists in conflict zones – we’re announcing new artists all the time so stay tuned!

The exhibition will be open 12pm – 8pm weekdays and 10am – 8pm at the weekend at Maverick Projects – in three of their exciting venues in Peckham:

Visit
► Safehouses 1 & 2 (137 and 139 Copeland Road) for the main exhibition
► AMP Gallery (1 Acorn Parade) for Peter Kennard’s takeover
► AMP Studio (897a Old Kent Rd)  for more art and for all our evening events (incl later night opening times)

It is a free exhibition! Donations are welcome. All money raised from donations and the sale of art will go to Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

The first Art the Arms Fair event took place in 2017. It was widely acclaimed, winning the Observer and Nesta New Radicals Award. It included an original art piece produced by the world-famous Banksy. The Banksy piece, Civilian Drone Strike. This year’s event promises to be even bigger.

At a time of global war and conflict, art is even more important. The work on display will explore the causes and impacts of war, as well as envisioning a different world. The 2017 event was a major success, and this one will be even bigger and better. The arms fair brings war and conflict to London. We will challenge it with something powerful, provocative and beautiful. Please join us.