Category Archives: Anti-War

Socialist’s anti-war art on show in Bradford

Peter Robson and one of his paintings

Peter Robson and one of his paintings

Currently on display at the Bradford Playhouse is a series of paintings by artist and Socialist Party member Peter Robson. The watercolours cover a number of issues relating to war, from collateral damage to those ignored by the history books.

In advance of his publication of a new series of paintings about the World War One, Peter spoke about the role art can play in political movements.

“Artists have a right – a duty – to put up a mirror and reflect what’s going on in the world. What is the purpose of art if it doesn’t prod and agitate people?

“That’s what I’m passionate about my art doing. It isn’t always easy to look at, but hopefully it angers people and motivates them.

“Life can be hard for prospective artists, with confrontational work often ignored by galleries who want safer pieces that will be a more reliable attraction. But you have to be honest and unafraid – and to those looking for protest art then don’t give up searching, there are plenty of us out there!”

Ian Slattery, Bradford Socialist Party

 

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Bradford Protests Against Bombing Syria

Stop the War protest against bombing Syria

Stop the War protest against bombing Syria

Despite heavy rain, around 30 protesters joined a Stop the War protest against the bombing in Syria outside the new Broadway shopping centre on Saturday.

Iain Dalton, West Yorkshire Socialist Party organiser

Socialist Party members joined the protest with placards and leaflets, running out of the latter due to the broadly positive response the protest received from those passing by. Most people could see that the invasion and bombing a number of countries in the Middle East hadn’t made them more stable, but had in fact destabilised them and created the basis for ISIS to develop.

Socialist Party members on the protest against bombing Syria

Socialist Party members on the protest against bombing Syria

Plans are underway to relaunch Stop the War in Bradford and at the end of the demo those there promised to gather there again at 5pm on the day Cameron decides to go for a vote in favour of bombing Syria.