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Banksy donates new artwork to anti-war art fair

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 01:51

Graffiti artist Banksy has given a new artwork to anti-war protest event 'Art the Arms Fair' in London. The event is an artistic response to the ‘Defence and Security Equipment International 2017’, one of the world's biggest arms fairs, which is happening in the UK capital. Jayson Mansaray reports.

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Broadcasters: MUSIC: NO ACCESS Digital: THE MUSIC TRACK IN THIS VIDEO NEWS STORY MUST ONLY BE USED AS PART OF THIS PRODUCTION AND MUST NOT BE STRIPPED OUT AND USED IN ANY OTHER CONTEXT OR PRODUCTION, OR USED IN ANY RE-EDIT OR CUT DOWN OF THE PRODUCTION . For Reuters customers only. It's one of the biggest arms fairs in the world. Showcasing helicopters, missiles and armoured vehicles. It's called the Defence and Security Equipment International 2017 or DSEI. But in response to the military event an anti-war art show has started in London. It's called 'Art the Arms Fair' and features a new work by British graffiti artist Banksy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ART THE ARMS FAIR ORGANISER, SAM WALTON, SAYING: "So Banksy is a man of very few words but we can tell from the piece that it's a condemnation of the arms trade. It's a piece he's made specifically for Art The Arms Fair in response to the type of deals, the type of weapons that are being sold at the arms fair. What it shows is children being killed by a drone and that's something that's almost certainly going to happen more because of the weapons deals that are being done in London this week." The anonymous artist's latest piece is called 'Civilian Drone Strike' and will be auctioned at 'Art the Arms Fair'...with a very affordable reserve. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ART THE ARMS FAIR ORGANISER, SAM WALTON, SAYING: "So Banksy himself has set a reserve price of £10, which we think it's going to meet, we hope it's going to make a lot more from that because really all the money that is raised from selling it is going to go towards campaigning against drones and stopping the next arms fair that's due to happen in London in two years' time." DSEI is expected to attract 34,000 visitors, including government defence ministers and members of the armed forces. To protest of selling war machines - 'Art the Art The Arms Fair' is selling art works instead.

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Banksy donates new artwork to anti-war art fair

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 01:51