Take action where you are
Spread the word
Order copies of the campaign postcard to leave in local galleries or other places that art-lovers might see them.
Engage with local artists
There have been some great ideas for ways to engage the art community locally. You might like to:
- Put together an open letter signed by local artists to send to your local paper and the gallery.
- Invite artwork with a message for a local exhibition, which can also contribute to CAAT's online gallery.
- Approach high-profile local artists to sign CAAT's open letter to the gallery.
Ask your local gallery
You can help stop public institutions legitimising the arms trade by making sure that your local galleries and museums aren't entertaining arms dealers. If your local arts institution is publicly owned, you may like to use this template Freedom of Information request.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to request the following information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act:
- A list of corporate sponsorship over the last three years
- A list of clients who have hired the [gallery/museum] space over the last year
- A copy of your ethical guidelines or other criteria by which you decide whether a sponsorship or hire arrangement is suitable.
I would appreciate it if the response could be sent in electronic format to me at this email address.
If not, perhaps you can adapt the letter and ask the same questions, as your local gallery or museum may be willing to answer anyway! A list of public institutions which must respond to Freedom of Information requests can be found here.
Please let us know what they say: If they do not host arms companies, it helps to show that the National Gallery's activities are illegitimate. If they do host arms dealers, then it's time to start campaigning!
Sadly we have recently found out that the Natural History Museum and Imperial War Museum have been hosting arms dealers as well. We need to take action to show that our public institutions should not support a trade based on death and destruction.