Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012...17:56
peter kennard’s haywain upsets national gallery over arms trade
Shhhhhhhhh. We may or may not have had something to do with the events that led to this diary entry in the Evening Standard:
However, the Standard missed the point. It’s not just a TV stunt. It’s a TV stunt with a purpose and that is to highlight and criticise the National Gallery’s continuing acceptance of £30k per year from the world’s 8th largest arms manufacturer Finmeccanica – they earn over £19bn a year.
The National Gallery also hosted a dinner for DSEi delegates last September. DSEi are the world’s largest arms fair. Peter Kennard and I rocked up with a Haywain and a television crew back then [that got on a documentary series on Current TV called “Behind Rebel Lines” about arms trade protest and the Space Hijackers].
The fact that national institutions that preserve and display art of cultural and historical significance are easily bought for the price of a few thousand pounds and the cost of a room hire is disgusting. Finmeccanica make things that shoot people – I shoot things that help people. The campaign continues.
For more information, contact the Campaign Against the Arms Trade and Disarm the Gallery.