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Join Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei on a walk through London to show support for refugees

Kate Lloyd

Artists Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei will head on a walk through London on Thursday (September 17) to raise awareness of the problems faced by 60 million refugees around the world. The protest comes after tens of thousands of Londoners marched through London on Saturday to demand the UK does more to help people fleeing their home countries.

Anish, the sculptor behind the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and Ai, a Chinese artist known for criticism of the Chinese government, will hold hands throughout their march. They'll also each carry a single blanket as they make their way from the Royal Academy of Arts through to Whitehall, St Paul's and then all the way down Mile End Road to Stratford. They're asking other Londoners to join them.

The march comes as Ai's retrospective opens at the Royal Academy on Saturday. The Honorary Academician has left China for the first time in four years to launch the exhibition, which opens to the public on Saturday (September 19). It celebrates work from his three-decade career, with pieces inspired by his 2011 detention, emphasising the importance of creative freedom.

See a map of the march route.

See incredible Instagram pictures of the exhibition below. 


Surveillance wallpaper by #aiweiwei @royalacademyarts

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So excited to finally see the #aiweiwei exhibition 😊 @aiww @royalacademyarts

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#aiweiwei #marble

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#royalacadeyofarts #art #aiweiwei #crabs

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#aiweiwei #ra #cocacola

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