It’s official - Wolverhampton will be hosting the Knife Angel in April this year! Located in the same area as the Angel’s birthplace of Shropshire, the West Midlands, we are really looking forward to seeing the Angel hosted by another regional location. Much of the Ironworks’ legacy actually began in the heart of Wolverhampton city so its very exciting for us to see the Angel journey there, where it will create a legacy of its own against violent and aggressive behaviour. Wolverhampton Councillor, Roger Lawrence, even engraved a blade on the Angel’s wings back in 2018.
The Angel is set to stand in Queen Square, a very central part of Wolverhampton’s city centre which is located just a stone’s throw away from the civic hall and art gallery. Wolverhampton have expressed a lot of enthusiasm for hosting the Angel and are already eagerly anticipating the Angel’s landing in their city following its hosting period in Telford. Wolverhampton have agreed to utilise the Angel to educate their community youth about the negative effects of violent behaviour through 28-days of intensive workshops and programmes.
Pictured (From Left to Right): Clive Knowles; Diane Sheppard; Nicki Summers with ‘Anti-Violence Champion’ Certificates
We were visited by PC Dianne Shepherd and Nicky Summers last week, who were both very ambitious over the volume of children that Wolverhampton intend to deputise as ‘Anti-Violence Champions’. We advise every host location to deputise a minimum of 10,000 children and young people, but Wolverhampton are incredibly positive that they will far exceed this number. They have already organised for 20 regional and local schools to visit the Angel during its stay there, with approximately 1,200 to 1,500 students per school. This could mean that well over 20,000 children will be deputised – an extremely incredible number which we are really looking forward to seeing at the end of April!
'Anti-Violence Champion' Certificate for Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton also have a number of unique engagement activities up their sleeves, including a flash dance in Queen Square. This dance will be created and performed by the city’s youth and will be specifically designed to highlight the prevalence of violence behaviour within the community as an attempt to raise better awareness and to create social change. With so much already in place for the Angel’s visit there, we are very excited to see how Wolverhampton benefit from hosting it in April!