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Art Against Knives

Art Against Knives

Charity information

Art Against Knives

We embed creative spaces in London’s most deprived communities, co-designed with young people to build on their strengths, develop their capabilities and create opportunities. We provide creative skills training, mentoring and emotional and practical support, including domestic violence and mental health. Currently we run weekly: IN OUR HANDS nailbars for young women; The LAB music studio; THE STUDIO training+employment hub; COMBAT ACADEMY mixed martial arts/fitness

Founded 2010

  • Mission statement

    Our story
    ART AGAINST KNIVES was formed in 2011 following the unprovoked stabbing of Oliver Hemsley, a 21-year-old student from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, which left him paralysed.

    Our vision
    Every young person can build a life they want through creativity rather than violence.

    Our mission
    ART AGAINST KNIVES reduces violent crime through creativity, working with young people and their communities to enable lasting positive change.

    We intervene early to prevent young people from becoming perpetrators or victims of violent crime and abuse as a result of poverty, deprivation and adverse childhood experiences.

    We are CREATIVE - We use art as a tool for effective engagement, communication and problem solving.
    We LISTEN before we act - We believe that the most effective way to support young people is to listen to their perspectives and ideas.
    We design projects WITH and not FOR young people.
    We focus on LONG-TERM POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT - We support the development of young people's social, personal and educational capabilities
    We are INNOVATIVE without trying to reinvent.
    We believe in COLLABORATION - we build positive relationships within communities; we work in partnership with others, creating bridges into support services for our participants.
    We ENCOURAGE not instruct - We involve young people in our development to ensure that our approach remains relevant.

  • Aims

    Art Against Knives aims to:

    • The advancement of the education of young people, in particular in the field of the creative arts.
    • The advancement of citizenship and community development, in particular by the promotion of youth - led creative projects in socially and economically deprived communities.
    • The relief of those in need by reasons of youth, financial hardship or other disadvantage.
    • The promotion of religious and racial harmony and of equality and diversity, in particular among young people in socially or economically deprived communities.
  • Overview

    Established: December 2010

    Registered Charity Number: 1140866

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 11

    Volunteers: 8

    Phone number: 02077581758

    Address: 1-2 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7EB

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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