Art Against the Arms Trade


The ongoing devastation Gaza has shed further light on the obscene profiteering of the global arms trade.

Whilst over 30,000 innocent Palestinian men, women and children have been killed in Israel’s campaign of destruction, arms manufacturers make record profits.

In recent weeks, we have seen artists from around the world take a stand against the toxic influence of companies such as Raytheon and BAE Systems as they attempt to whitewash their reputations using high profile music festivals.

With Gaza reduced to dust, thousands dead or seriously injured and many more lost under the rubble, we cannot allow the war machine to continue to influence our arts and cultural institutions.

Peace & Justice Project has launched the Art Against The Arms Trade campaign to speak directly to music festival organisers sponsored by Barclays to ask them to end their partnership until the bank halts its complicity in Israel’s destruction of Gaza.

Research by Palestine Solidarity Campaign uncovered that Barclays holds over £1 billion in shares, and provides over £3 billion in loans and underwriting to 9 companies whose weapons, components, and military technology are being used by Israel in its genocidal assault on Gaza.

Barclaycard is a key sponsor of several major UK music festivals, including Isle Of Wight Festival, Latitude, The Great Escape and Download Festival. Use our letter-writing tool below to send an email to each of the festival promoters to ask them to cut ties with Barclays.