Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012...17:56

peter kennard’s haywain upsets national gallery over arms trade

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Haywain with Cruise Missiles, ©Peter Kennard, 1980

Haywain with Cruise Missiles, ©Peter Kennard, 1980

Shhhhhhhhh. We may or may not have had something to do with the events that led to this diary entry in the Evening Standard:
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/bbcs-hanging-offence-upsets-national-gallery-7706829.html

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.

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