Art Against Knives offers at- risk young people in London creative opportunities to help them get into education, employment or training.
They provide workshops, in areas of London affected by gun and knife crime, that offer young people at risk of joining gangs or with a criminal past the chance to get creative and change their life story.
The organisation was started after the stabbing of Oliver Hemsley, a 21-year-old student from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Following the attack, which has left Oliver in a wheelchair, an exhibition was organised to raise money and awareness for Oliver. The event attracted attention from some well known artists, who donated works of art to be sold. Following the success of the exhibition Art Against Knives was set up and gives young and often troubled young people a voice and a positive way to express the social problems they face.
Through the workshops the charity has helped lots of young people build confidence, gain skills and turn their lives around.
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