An exhibiting society founded in London in 1933, which held exhibitions and events to promote and support various left-of centre political causes

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  • Clive Branson, 'Bombed Women and Searchlights' 1940

    Clive Branson
    Bombed Women and Searchlights 1940
    Oil on canvas
    support: 509 x 612 x 20 mm
    Bequeathed by Noreen Branson 2004 The estate of Clive Branson

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  • Carel Weight, 'The Rendezvous' 1953

    Carel Weight
    The Rendezvous 1953
    Oil on canvas
    support: 860 x 1110 mm
    Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1953 Tate

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  • James Boswell, 'The Fall of London: London Bridge' 1933

    James Boswell
    The Fall of London: London Bridge 1933
    Lithograph on paper
    image: 133 x 95 mm
    Presented by Ruth Boswell, the artist's widow 2000 The estate of James Boswell

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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.