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Artists pull work after arms fair event

THIRTY radical artists have called for their work to be removed from London’s Design Museum because it hosted a private event promoting the arms trade.

The museum hosted the event as part of Farnborough Air Show, one of the world’s biggest arms fairs.

The artists have signed a joint letter calling for their work to be removed from the Hope to Nope exhibition which charts the art from social and political movements of the last decade.

They are supported by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

The letter states: “It is deeply hypocritical for the museum to display and celebrate the work of radical anti-corporate artists and activists, while quietly supporting and profiting from one of the most destructive and deadly industries in the world.”

The letter asks for the work to be removed by August 1.

It also calls on the museum to adopt “a publicly available ethical funding policy that specifically refuses any funds from industries widely accepted as inappropriate partners for arts organisations, namely arms, tobacco and fossil fuel companies.”

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