The Knife Angel - Official
Welcome to the official Knife Angel page. Here you will be able to find everything you need to know about the National Monument against Violence and Aggression and its incredible journey.
The sculpture is bringing to light just how bad knife crime and violence is within the UK and how something needs to change before it's too late.
Learn how the project started and the steps we had to take to make our idea of creating an Angel out of knives come to life. With the support and hard work of all 43 UK police forces, knife crime charities and action groups, the families that have been directly affected, and a very talented artist, the Knife Angel was born.
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You can also follow the Knife Angel's journey around the UK and find out where it has been, and where it plans to visit next.
The Knife Angel - Where is it now?
Chester Cathedral, 31st October - 29th November
Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY
It's official, the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression has returned back to its home region of the West Midlands, after spending a month in the East Midland’s city of Derby. On October 31st the Knife Angel landed in the City of Chester, just on the border of its Shropshire birthplace, where it will stand outside of Chester Cathedral for the full month of November. Chester is officially the 8th city to host the Angel since its UK tour began back in December 2018. No other monument of its kind has travelled so many miles, and we are incredibly proud of what it has achieved so far as it reaches the next leg of its journey. The Angel has already exceeded all of our expectations and we cannot wait to see the amazing work that it does as its National Tour continues well into 2021. The Angel was officially unveiled at Chester Cathedral on Friday the 1st of November 2019, displaying an important message against violence and aggression. This unveiling saw the Angel being greeted and blessed by the Bishop of Chester, Peter Foster, followed by a number of civic speeches conducted by members of the group who helped get the monument to the city. Also present were a number of families who have been affected by knife crime, including Chester mum Liz Ardolino, who lost her son earlier this year to a horrific act of knife violence. Whilst in Chester, the Angel will act as a catalyst for educational workshops to be conducted for their regional youth, focusing on the negative effects of violent and aggressive behaviour. The city is fully committed to undertaking 28-days of intensive programmes and workshops, and we look forward to seeing how they conduct this important work over the next month. The Angel will remain outside of the cathedral until the end of the month before heading back to the Ironworks for the Christmas season. If you live in or around the Chester area, now is your chance to see the Knife Angel in your home city!
The Making of The Knife Angel
The team here at the Ironworks, along with artist Alfie Bradley, discussed the idea of creating an Angel sculpture made completely out of knives to grab attention and bring the issue of knife crime to the front of society’s consciousness. We contacted the Home Office to ask their permission to collect surrendered knives and weapons from all 43 UK police forces in the hope the knives could form the main part of the sculpture. This would show the sheer volume that the country is dealing with. This was also in the hope that this initiative would bring about the introduction of new knife amnesties with the Ironworks offering to supply each force with knife banks completely free of charge. We were successful, and permission was granted, so the campaign took off.
“Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” was born.
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Family and Charity Support
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