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 Tour - Where is it now?
Middlesbrough, TS1 2PA
The Knife Angel is back on the road and continues it's Tour of the UK.
On Tuesday 6th August, the Knife Angel arrived in Middlesbrough in Centre Square, the most central part of the town as they become the 5th location on the leg of the Knife Angel’s National UK Tour.
Middlesbrough is officially the most Northern location to date on the National Anti-Violence Tour and its journey to Middlesbrough has been a long time coming. With conversation to get the Knife Angel to Middlesbrough beginning all the way back in March, it is a huge achievement to see it stand tall in the Square today. Getting the sculpture to the town took the concerted efforts of anti-knife crime campaigner Theresa Cave, who leads the Chris Cave Foundation and POINT7 Anti-Violence Programme, in conjunction with the Police and Crime Commissioner of Cleveland Barry Coppinger, and the Town Council.
Statistically, Cleveland has the ninth highest level of knife crime per 1000 population in the UK – a truly shocking number that has prompted the county to already begin ongoing campaigns to raise better awareness. Because of this, we felt as if they could really benefit from hosting the Angel and using its powerful voice to help launch new initiatives and programmes to turn the tide on violent behaviour.
Throughout the Angel’s stay, the town are in full agreement over our requirement for all hosting locations to conduct 28 days of educational workshops and programmes for their youth. These workshops and programmes will not only include school, college and university students but will also encapsulate ex-offenders and more vulnerable youth. They have also agreed to submit a full summary report following the Angel’s visit, which will detail everything achieved through their educational efforts as well as any future plans they have to help continue them.
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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