Banksy gives £205000 to human rights and anti-arms trade groups

The government just announced its plan for making post Brexit ‘partnerships’. And it puts Britain to shame

The government just announced its plan for making post Brexit ‘partnerships’. And it puts Britain to shame

It was sold for £205,000 at an exhibition set up to oppose an arms fair taking place in east London.

Banksy, an anonymous street artist, is famed for his anti-war, anti-capitalism or anti-establishment artworks.

The proceeds from the sale of Civilian Drone Strike, which shows a trio of Predator drones bombing a child's picture of a house, will be split between Reprieve, a human rights charity, and Campaign Against Arms Trade, a group seeking to abolish the global arms trade.

The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair, held at the Excel centre in London's Docklands, hosts more than 1,600 exhibitors from 54 countries.

The money raised from the Banksy sale will be split between one of the exhibition's organisers, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), and the human rights group Reprieve.

A number of other high-profile artists and activists have also contributed work to the Art the Arms Fair exhibition, including Peter Kennard, Guerilla Girls and Darren Cullen.

He added: "It's time to shut it down for good".

"The arms fair is a moral abomination", he said.

"Respect for human rights is a mandatory consideration in the process and a country would not be invited where that would contradict the UK's worldwide obligations".