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.
Pledge your support for the Knife Angel by signing our petition to get this amazing sculpture to London:
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 Tour - Where is it now?
Victoria Square, Birmingham 8th May - 5th June
Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BD
Birmingham are the current host city for the Knife Angel. The sculpture has been erected in Victoria Square, the most central point of the city and will be the best point for the people of Birmingham to see the Sculpture and for the Knife Angel's message to reach the wider community. Birmingham City Council leader, Councillor Ian Ward, stepped forward in requesting that the city hosts the Sculpture. With the support of David Jamieson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands Police, the city had a strong team in ensuring the people of Birmingham get to experience the Knife Angel and all it represents. Following in the footsteps of Liverpool, Hull and Coventry, Birmingham plan to host a series of workshops, knife crime awareness campaigns and to develop youth services to cover educating the young people of Birmingham in the dangers in carrying weapons, in particular, knives for the 28 days it hosts the Knife Angel.
The Knife Angel Campaign, #savealife #surrenderyourknife has seen us work a lot with West Midlands Police and the families of the victims affected by knife crime. In particular, Alison Cope, who lost her son, Joshua Ribera, to a fatal knife attack in 2013. Alison has since worked tirelessly to campaign for knife crime laws to change, for harsher sentences and for better education for children and young people in the dangers of carrying a knife in Birmingham and the wider area.
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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