The Knife Angel - Official
Welcome to the official Knife Angel page! Here, you’ll be able to find everything you need to know about the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression including its fascinating history, important objectives and incredible anti-violence journey across the UK.
The sculpture, made from over 100,000 seized blades, was specifically created to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour whilst solidifying our critical need for social change. Not only does the Angel act as a catalyst for turning the tide on violent and aggressive behaviour, but it is also acts as a beautiful memorial designed to celebrate those lives who have been lost through these violent and thoughtless actions.
The full story of the Knife Angel can be read here.
Learn all about how the project started and the journey we took in order to bring the Knife Angel to life with the support of all 43 UK Police Constabularies, knife crime charities and action groups, families of victims, and the community. Discover more about where the Angel has been on its National Anti-Violence Tour and the positive changes that it is making in every location that it visits. Explore the Knife Angel’s objectives and find out more about its message, intended impact and legacy.
Pledge your support for the Knife Angel by signing our petition to get it to London. You can support the official Knife Angel Campaign here.
Where is the Knife Angel Now
Newtown, Oriel Davies Gallery, 3rd January - 29th January 2020
Oriel Davies Gallery, The Park, Newtown SY16 2NZ
The Knife Angel has officially landed in Newtown, the first Welsh location to host the monument as it continues its National UK Tour. Made possible by Powys County Council and the Dyfed-Powys Police & Crime Commissioner, the Angel will be stood outside of the Oriel Davies Gallery in Central Newtown until the end of January. Being the first Welsh location to step forward in a bid to end knife crime and violent behaviour, the Angel’s stay in Newtown is a truly momentous occasion and is a really wonderful way to celebrate the new year. The Angel was escorted from the Ironworks on Friday the 3rd of January alongside Blood Bikes Wales (a voluntary group that provides free blood courier services to the NHS), Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association and the Dragon Riders Club. It was then joined by the Dyfed-Powys Police Force just outside of Newtown before being escorted to its hosting location outside of the Oriel Davies Gallery.
Alongside their commitment to conduct 28 days of intensive educational workshops and programmes, Powys are also the first region to commit to targeting and deputising 10,000 Anti-Violence Champions – an aspirational figure that will become the first national anti-violence drive for 2020. This drive encompasses schools and youth groups by allowing young people to stand up against violence and aggression in all forms, not just knife crime. The initiative invites children and young people to become Anti-Violence Champions, deputised through badges, stickers, and certificates which Newtown’s Knife Angel representatives will provide. Powys will set the precedent for this new initiative, which will be carried forward to all proceeding host locations. If you live in Wales, now is your chance to go and see the Knife Angel for yourself!
WHERE IS THE KNIFE ANGEL GOING NEXT?
Due to the incredibly high volume of interested host locations and the fast pace of the Angel’s journey, we regularly update the National Anti-Violence UK Tour Schedule. If you’d like to see where the Angel is going next, you can view the schedule for yourself here. If you can't see your town or city on this list, we recommend getting in touch with your local council or Police & Crime Commissioner's Office to find out whether or not plans have been put in place to host the monument.
The Making of The Knife Angel
Having watched a documentary surrounding knife crime and thereafter researching the huge increase in violence sweeping the UK in 2014, Clive Knowles felt as if the Ironworks could step forward and use its own resources to bring anti-violence to the forefront of society’s consciousness. Following this initial bid to address a national catastrophe, a lot of effort went into the sculpture before its creation even began, including having to approach the Home Office to request permission to make it. But, through the help of multiple knife amnesties and surrenders conducted by all 43 Police Constabularies in the UK, knife crime charities and action groups, families of victims, and the wider community, the Knife Angel was born. To read about the full process, click the link below.
The Knife Angel Objectives
Since the Knife Angel’s very conception, we have always had a singular objective in mind – to bring about social change. Fast forward a few years later and the Angel has achieved far more than we could ever have imagined, inviting a number of other objectives to join our ever-growing ambitions. The Knife Angel, also known as the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression, was always intended to educate children, young people and adults about the harmful effects that violent behaviour has on communities all across our nation. However, since its National Anti-Violence Tour across the UK began in December 2018, it has inspired a lot more than just education. To read more about our objectives, click the link below.
Family & Charity Support
Throughout this campaign, we have had a huge number of families and knife crime prevention charities support the Knife Angel and its objective to create social change and increase our national awareness of the effects of knife crime and violence. Each individual family and organisation have their own battle for change, but the Knife Angel and the ‘Save A Life, Surrender Your Knife’ Campaign unites them all. Without them and all of the brave and courageous work they do, we wouldn't be where we are today which is why we wanted to feature each of their stories here. To learn more about the families and charities involved, click the link below.
The Knife Angel: Frequently Asked Questions
In December 2018, the Knife Angel began its official Anti-Violence Tour across the UK, beginning its journey stood outside of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. Since, the Angel has gained more traction and recognition than we ever could have imagined and, as such, we get tonnes of questions about the monument each and every day. We have compiled this list of your most frequently asked questions to help you gain better insight into what the Knife Angel is all about. Click the link below to find out more.
Hosting the Knife Angel: Frequently Asked Questions
It is our aim for as many locations across the UK as possible to host the Knife Angel before the end of 2021. If you are a location looking to host the Angel in the near future but have some further questions before committing to bringing it to your community, we have compiled this list of our most frequently asked questions to help you to make your decision. Whether you want to find out more about your suitability as a location, potential costs, or any special requirements, we’re here to help! Click the link below to read more.
The Knife Angel Photography Competition
Calling all photographers! Whether you’re classically trained or a complete photography novice, this competition has been specifically designed to allow everyone to get behind the lens and take some really creative shots of the Knife Angel as it journeys across the UK. If you’re someone who loves taking pictures and would like to take part in this competition, please click the link below to find out more about how to enter.
As part of our bid to create social change and end violent behaviour within our communities, we are asking all host locations to help us in deputising a minimum of 10,000 children and young people each to renounce violence. All ‘Anti-Violence Champions’ will receive a sticker badge and a specially designed certificate to thank them for their efforts in ending violence and standing up against using aggression as a means to solve any issues, disputes or difficulties. Every host location will receive a starter pack from ourselves containing everything they need to help regional youth become an ‘Anti-Violence Champion’. We hope that this initiative will further unite our young people and bring us that little bit closer to creating the social change necessary to fully turn the tide on violent and aggressive behaviour.