Art Term

Artists International Association

Artists International Association was an exhibiting society founded in London in 1933, which held exhibitions and events to promote and support various left-of centre political causes

Clive Branson, ‘Bombed Women and Searchlights’ 1940
Clive Branson
Bombed Women and Searchlights 1940
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The AIA embraced all styles of art, both modernist and traditional, and its aim was the ‘Unity of Artists for Peace, Democracy and Cultural Development’. It held a series of large group exhibitions on political and social themes beginning in 1935 with the exhibition Artists Against Fascism and War. The AIA supported the left-wing Republican side in the Spanish Civil War (1936–9) through exhibitions and other fund-raising activities. It tried to promote wider access to art through travelling exhibitions and public mural paintings. In 1940 it published a series of art lithographs titled Everyman Prints in large, and therefore cheap, editions.

The society was active until 1971.

Selected artists in the collection

Artist

James Boswell

1906–1971
Artist

James Fitton

1899–1982
Artist

Edward Ardizzone

1900–1979

Selected artworks in the collection

SELECTED SKETCHBOOKS, LETTERS ETC.