In pictures: Ai Weiwei launch party

Photos from the launch of Ai Weiwei's guest-edit of the New Statesman at The Lisson Gallery in London.

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Sarah Churchwell with New Statesman culture editor Jonathan Derbyshire and Craig Raine.

New Statesman features editor Sophie Elmhirst addresses the audience.

New Statesman columnist and former England cricketer Ed Smith.

Lawyer Mark Stephens addresses the audience.

New Statesman associate editor Jemima Khan chats to Guardian web news editor Jonathan Haynes.

All photographs: Sam Bradley.

Anish Kapoor reads from Ai Weiwei's New Statesman leader. Photograph: Sam Bradley.