The famous street artist Banksy gave a financial boost to peace campaigners
The famous street artist Banksy gave a financial boost to peace campaigners by donating the £205,000 raised from the sale of his latest work to Reprieve and Campaign Against Arms Trade.
Civilian Drone Strike, which depicts a trio of Predator drones bombing a children’s picture of a house, was auctioned at Art The Arms Fair in east London this week.
The exhibition was the second half of a two-week festival of protest against the DSEI, the world’s biggest arms fair, which brought together delegations from what activists say are some of the worst human rights-abusing regimes with 1,600 makers and sellers of weapons and military equipment.
Andrew Smith, of Campaign Against Arms Trade, said the money from the sale of Civilian Drone Strike would help the group to mobilise more protests against arms companies, and against the next DSEI in two years time.
Banksy has a track record of supporting political causes with his art. In March he showcased his Walled Off hotel, nestled against the barrier wall in Bethlehem that separates the West Bank from Israel, to highlight the hardships caused by Israeli occupation.