We are the campaign calling for the Great Exhibition of the North 2018 to end its unethical partnership with weapons maker BAE Systems.
We are a coalition of artists and cultural workers who believe there's no place in arts and culture for those involved in the international arms trade.
BAE Systems is a 'premier partner' of the Great Exhibition of the North, even though the charity War Child UK has accused BAE of ‘profiteering from the deaths of innocent children’.
British arms companies including BAE have made more than £6bn from sales to Saudi Arabia during the ongoing war in Yemen. International humanitarian law prohibits attacks against civilians yet the British armed Saudi-led coalition has bombed schools,markets, hospitals, and health centres.
The conflict has killed or injured more than 5,000 children, while survivors face malnutrition and disease with the collapse of infrastructure. Unicef warns that, ‘nearly every child in Yemen’ is in need of humanitarian assistance. The Great Exhibition of the North claims to offer ‘family-friendly fun’. This is totally at odds with its with association with BAE systems.
The partnership between BAE Systems and the Great Exhibition of the North is all about brand association and PR based upon the false notion of 'corporate social responsibility'.
Put simply, it is artwashing on a grand scale.
THIS IS WHY WE'RE CALLING FOR THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF THE NORTH 2018 TO #dropBAE!
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