Art Against Knives

A year after violent rioting tore up parts of the city, charity Art Against Knives (AAK) explores the notion of freedom in a new exhibition of film, audio, photography, painting and writing.

The charity is youth-led and was born out of the unprovoked stabbing of Oliver Hemsely, a 21-year-old student from Central Saint Martins college of art in 2008. They work to reduce the root causes of knife crime through arts initiatives that provide an alternative to violent gang culture. Supported, amongst others, by artists Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley, AAK sells affordable artwork priced from £20 – £500 which donated by established artists, as well as students and emerging talent.

AAK’s gallery at Boxpark on Bethnal Green Road will showcases the exhibition, looking at responses to the riots, as well as issues like stop and search and, ultimately, freedom. The exhibition will also kick-starts Stop And Talk, a nationwide campaign that calls for better and fairer relationships between the police and young people.

WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU? Will run 9 – 30 August 2012 at the Art Against Knives Gallery, Unit 55, Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6GJ.

AAK Gallery Opening Times: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat: 11am – 7pm, Thursday: 11am – 9pm, Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

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