New Banksy work to be revealed at Art the Arms Fair

PUBLISHED: 16:40 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 11 September 2017

Civilian Drone Strike. Picture: BANKSY.CO.UK)

Civilian Drone Strike. Picture: BANKSY.CO.UK)

A new Banksy artwork will be unveiled today at an exhibition protesting the world’s largest arms fair.

The piece, entitled Civilian Drone Strike, will be auctioned off at 6pm on Friday, with proceeds going towards Campaign Against Arms Trade and human rights group Reprieve. The reserve price is set at £10.

The auction is part of Art the Arms Fair, a week-long exhibition coinciding with the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) conference in Docklands, which opens tomorrow.

Around 100 artists including Peter Kennard, Guerrilla Girls and mashup duo Cassetteboy have donated art to the exhibition in Poplar’s SET gallery.

“This arms fair is violent, negative and ugly,” organiser Sam Walton told the Recorder. “Art the Arms Fair is about creating a space for something that is peaceful, positive and beautiful, and we think that’s what people in Newham want to see in their borough.”

He added: “Banksy’s work is world renowned and always razor sharp and topical. Civilian Drone Strike is such a powerful statement against everything that events like the DSEI arms fair stand for.”

A DSEI spokesman previously told the Recorder the conference catered only to legitimate arms sales “within a well regulated environment”.

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