The Knife Angel & Educational Anti-Violence Tour
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.
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 Youth Anti-Violence Educational Programme and Tour Schedule. 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.
To see where the Angel is going next, you can view the schedule here.
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
Carlisle City Centre, Cumbria, 2 December 2021 to January 2022
Old Town Hall, Carlisle, CA3 8JE
As the 16th host location, Carlisle will mark the most Northern location the Knife Angel has travelled to so far on is National Youth Anti-Violence Education Programme and Tour.
On display outside the Town Hall in Carlisle city centre, this pivotal location will ensure the critical message of the Knife Angel is spread to as many visitors and locals to the city as possible. With a grand unveiling being held on the 2 December, Carlisle police force are also holding intensive educational workshops and activities throughout their 30 day hosting period to raise awareness to their youth and community on anti-aggression and violent crime, and the devastating impact these can have nationwide.
Carlisle will also situate a knife bank alongside the Knife Angel throughout the hosting period, where weapons can be surrendered and taken off our streets.
Photo Credit: thescottwigglesworth
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 Youth Anti-Violence Educational Programme and 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 National Youth Anti-Violence Educational Programme and 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.
National 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.
Become a "Youth Anti-Violence Champion" for the UK
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.
National Remembrance Ribbon Sculpture
Inspired by the way that families of victims interact with the Knife Angel by tying messages of hope to its railings, we are now developing a whole new project dedicated to anti-violence. Designed to honour and immortalise victims of violence, the National Remembrance Ribbon will be an entirely collaborative project between ourselves and communities all across the country. It will become a very powerful reminder of the number of individuals that have fallen victim to senseless violence and will honour each and every individual who has tragically lost their lives through this avoidable pandemic that sweeps our nation. Additionally, the sculpture will highlight how much more the UK needs to do in order to the tide on this vicious and unnecessary behaviour. Click the link below to find out more about the sculpture and how you can get involved.
The National Police & Community Support Programme
Through the success of the Knife Angel's National Youth Anti-Violence Educational Programme and Tour across the UK, we have developed the National Police & Community Support Programme, whereby all host locations and any other interested locations are offered the chance to collaborate with ourselves to create a number of heavily subsidised and permanent knife/gun banks for their town or city. All locations, whether they have hosted the Knife Angel or not, are eligible to take part in this programme. All we ask is that you make the commitment to utilise the money saved to create and conduct anti-violence educational programmes and workshops for your community youth. To find out more about getting your town or city involved, click the link below.
Getting the Knife Angel to London
Since the Knife Angel’s very conception, it has always been our intention for it to be displayed within our capital city of London. Particularly, we have always wanted it to be displayed on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth, where we believe it would have the largest public impact. Throughout the years since the Angel’s creation first began, we have contacted London officials and groups innumerable times in an attempt to get the monument onto the fourth plinth. However, much of our correspondence has received no response at all, with the few responses we have had being completely averse to the idea. To give you an idea of all the work that has already gone into getting the Knife Angel to London, click the link below to find out more about all of the avenues we have explored thus far.
Creating Christian Crosses from deadly weapons
This week see’s a new initiative launched to further encourage church leaders all over the UK to help with the Knife Angels national anti-violence tour. Crucifixes literally burnt from some of the most deadly weapons collected from across the united kingdom, are being created to inspire church leaders to lend their support to the Angels national tour. The crosses are plasma cut from weapons either handed in or recovered from stop and search police activities, they are then fettled and polished to a mirror finish, threaded with a neckless of white ribbon and fitted with silver clasps. These stunning and highly emotive pieces, are designed to ignite church leaders all over the UK into doing whatever more is possible, as the Angel arrives in their home town or parish. Each cross gets posted out, along with a letter explaining the origin and a plea for additional help in supporting the Angel’s continued national tour. Abruptly interrupted by the pandemic in 2020 whilst in Telford, the Angel had already visited 11 cities/ towns, covering hundreds of miles and was destined to continue its journey throughout 2020 and all of 2021. Cities that had to cancel are now waiting to rebook, with some cities pressing hard to move ahead, despite the current hardships and uncertainty – Hereford Cathedral being one prime example. Each host city or town commit themselves to a contractual agreement, called the Agreement of Conscience, it primarily obligates each host to 30 days of intensive youth anti-violence education and workshops. Mr Knowles says obviously Covid derailed what was The UK’s firstever Anti Violence Tour of all cities and towns, locations like Leicester, Peterborough, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Chelmsford, Hereford, Cardiff, London are all now replanning and attempting to be optimistic, despite the virus mutating – so we have to match their determination and we have to add support wherever we can. This idea isn’t actually unique, the Bishop of Edmonton (North London) Reverend Rob Wickham, the bishop of four London boroughs wears a cross every day made from blades, the intention is to act as a constant reminder that there’s still a colossal effort ahead, in seeing the national statistics reverse and start to decline. Church leaders wherever the Angel has visited so far have played a pivotal role in opening their churches and cathedrals in solidarity with this national effort. We are now wanting to build on this, to see what additional assistance we can muster and if we can inspire all religious leaders and faiths, to offer even greater support.