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?
Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP
Travelling from the southern county of Kent to the city of Derby in the East Midlands, The Knife Angel arrives at it's next destination, Derby Cathedral. The sculpture, created from over 100,000 surrendered knives and weapons collected by all 43 police forces across the UK, is having its voice heard loud and clear as it travelled onwards to the sixth location of its tour. The Angel will stand proudly outside Derby Cathedral on Irongate for the full month of October. Derby will be the first city in the east midlands to host the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression and we are delighted that it won’t be the last, with Nottingham and Leicester already in the planning mix! The Angel’s travel to Derby has been made possible through the passion and determination of Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council, Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, University Hospitals of Derby, the Burton NHS Foundation Trust, and anti-violence groups. In 2015, Rachel Webb’s son, Tom Webb, was stabbed and killed on St Peter’s Street in Derby. Later that year she supported an amnesty held across Derbyshire and knives from this amnesty were donated towards the creation of the Knife Angel. She also visited the Knife Angel during it's creation and engraved a blade with a message for her son, Tom. On the Knife Angel going to Derby, Rachel has said: “The Knife Angel is an emotive, thought-provoking monument which is helping to educate and raise awareness of the increasing knife crime epidemic on Britain’s streets. It’s my hope that the Angel will encourage open conversations in homes, differing community groups and schools, helping our young people to understand the horrific consequences of carrying and using a knife.” Derby have fully committed to run 28-days of intensive youth engagement and educational programmes throughout the Angel’s stay. Jack Atwall, Project Manager for the group who worked to get the Angel to Derby, has said: “For the 28 days that the sculpture is in the city we hope it will be used as a catalyst for a range of activities, particularly aimed at young people, to divert them away from knife crime and violence.” We are very much looking forward to seeing the city’s achievements and post appraisal detailing the educational legacy that the Angel leaves behind long after its departure from the city. The Angel received a big welcome reception upon its arrival in Derby early this morning and will be situated outside of Derby Cathedral until the end of October, before moving on to the City of Chester.
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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