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Take creative action!

A host of creative stunts have highlighted the Gallery's support for the arms trade.

  • Joining one of the Gallery's sketching evenings
    The Gallery normally welcomes sketchers...
  • Joining one of the Gallery's sketching evenings
    ...but it asked these artists to leave [Sean Comiskey]
  • Artist asked toleave the Gallery
    ...and it disliked this gentleman's work [Sean Comiskey]
  • Line drawing of the Rokeby venus
    Why not make your own art inspired by the Gallery's arms trade links?
  • Haywain, with Cruise missiles, Peter Kennard
    Peter Kennard's Haywain with Cruise Missiles caused a stir
  • Painting outside the Gallery
    Artists at work
  • Painting outside the Gallery
    Artists at work
  • Poetry reading inside the gallery
    "Sparkles not Shrapnel" poetry reading
  • BBC3 coverage
  • Bubbles Not Bombs outside the Gallery
    Bubbles Not Bombs - a family-friendly action outside the Gallery

We want to keep up the pressure with lots of pop-up creative actions around the gallery. Why not get together with your friends and plan your own?

So far the gallery has seen:

  • Artist/activist
    Sixteen 'artists' set up their easels in front of the gallery and paint the message "Disarm the Gallery". See the video here.
  • Groups of people sit down in front of the masterpieces to sketch out the same message. The Gallery welcomes sketching throughout the Gallery, in line with certain guidelines.
  • An artist unveil his alternative militarised version of a National Gallery painting in front of the original.
  • Sparkles not Shrapnel hold a poetry reading and die-in inside the gallery.
  • A family-friendly Bubbles Not Bombs action outside the Gallery.
  • Regular leafleting outside the entrance to encourage visitors to tell the Director what they think of the gallery's support for the arms trade.
  • Pranksters from BBC3's "The Revolution will be Televised" have even got in on the act!

Inspired to do something yourself? We can help with:

  • Leaflets: We have hundreds of leaflets to give to visitors outside the gallery. Even if you and a friend only have an hour to spare, why not borrow a couple of artists' costumes and a stack of leaflets and head to the front of the gallery?
  • Artist's palette
    Props: We have lots of artists' smocks and berets, sketch pads and pencils, paintbrushes and easels that you're welcome to borrow! We have other bits and pieces too so feel free to ask if there's something you're looking for.
  • Media support: Talk to us if you'd like help publicising your action via social media or with a press release!
  • Inviting others to take part: If you have a great idea that needs a few more people, let us know and we'll try to help spread the word!

Just email Sarah or call 020 7281 0297 to let us know how we can help! Please note that CAAT asks that actions it supports abide by our non-violence guidelines.

Page updated 7 September 2012
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