From Nope To Hope

Written by on 17 September, 2018 in Art, Brixton Design Trail, Visual arts, What's On - No comments
Illustration of Tribute to Colin Kaepernich, the American Football player

Tribute to Colin Kaepernich, the American Football player

Forty artists who withdrew their work from the Design Museum are putting on their own exhibition in the Brixton Rec as part of the Brixton Design Trail. The exhibits were dramatically removed on 2 August 2018 following revelations that the museum had hosted an event on 17 July for Leonardo, a major global arms company.

The artists came together as the #NopeToArms Collective and released a statement that said: “By being on your walls in the context of the Leonardo event, our work takes on a new meaning: of complicity in the arms trade. This is completely unacceptable to us… 

Their work now appears alongside a range of other political, activist and grassroots art covering a mix of international and local campaigns. Much of the art in this exhibition has been used on the frontlines of social justice struggles around the world to disrupt, resist, satirise and mobilise.

 

Syrian-French artist, Fares Cachoux, captures the plight of the Syrian people

Syrian-French artist, Fares Cachoux, captures the plight of the Syrian people

Syrian-French artist, Fares Cachoux, captures the plight of the Syrian people

Syrian-French artist, Fares Cachoux, captures the plight of the Syrian people

The free exhibition – part of the London Design Festival – runs from 15-23 September in the Brixton Recreation Centre, 27 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8QQ

For more information about the exhibition, the #NopeToArms collective and publicity materials, see nopetoarms.org or email nopetoarms@gmail.com. 

A full list of the artists that withdrew their work from the Design Museum, and a statement explaining their decision, can be found here.

The artists’ second letter to the Design Museum, quoted above, can be found here. 

 

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