The Perils of Being a Member of the AIA

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The Perils of Being a Member of the AIA

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Edward Ardizzone

The AIA embraced all styles of art, both modern 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 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, public mural paintings and a picture lending library. The society was active until 1971.