In July of this year, 30 artists asked to have their work removed from a major show at the Design Museum after allegations that an event related to an international arms dealing fair being held on the premises were made.
A group letter was written, signed, and sent to the Design Museum. The institution’s response wasn’t deemed adequate and on 2 August, group of artists, designers and activists took matters into their own hands and began removing their work from Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18.
As part of the forthcoming Brixton Design Trail/London Design Festival, the Nope to Arms collective – who instigated the action at the Design Museum – will be staging an exhibition entitled From Nope to Hope: Art vs Arms, Oil & Injustice.
Featuring work by the likes of the Guerilla Girls, Milton Glaser, Shepard Fairey, and Jeremy Deller, the show will run between 15 September through to the 23rd of the month at the Brixton Rec space. It is, its curators say, “intended to be an inspiration for all – and a rallying cry to anyone who’s ever wanted to stand up to injustice, speak truth to power and make their world a kinder, safer, more beautiful place.”
The new exhibition will bring together much of the work that was removed from the Design Museum and extra materials, as well as work produced by artists who are supportive of the aims and actions of the Nope to Arms collective.
Alongside the show – which is intended to display graphic design, craft and grassroots resistance – the collective will be hosting a talk titled Dirty Cash: Can artists clean up arts funding at the Brixton space on 22 September.