Born from the unprovoked stabbing of art student Oliver Hemsley.
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ART AGAINST KNIVES IS RECRUITING FOR A NAIL TRAINER…

WE’RE LOOKING FOR AN EXPERIENCED NAIL TECHNICIAN TO TEACH AT OUR COMMUNITY NAIL BAR PROJECT FOR YOUNG WOMEN

Are you an experienced nail technician & interested in taking on an exciting new role training young women in the community?

We are looking for someone to drive our in-house nail training programme, introduce industry-standard skills training, encourage creativity and support the personal development of young women aged 8-25.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a long-term, transformative impact on the lives of the young women living in one of London’s most isolated communities.

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If you are interested please get in touch with Hannah at hello@artagainstknives.com  for the full job description. The deadline for applications is Thursday 23rd February 2017.

 

 

IN OUR HANDS GRADUATION EVENT

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Last night we welcomed local supporters, industry professionals and friends to celebrate the achievements of the first IN OUR HANDS Training Programme. Seven local young women graduated from our pilot programme, and have now launched their careers as freelance nail technicians. This unique, accredited programme of support included a 4 month accredited nail-training programme, a series of masterclasses from inspiring Role Models and industry professionals, volunteering opportunities, weekly mentoring and support into employment.

We invited a whole host of inspiring women to host workshops; Jenny Longworth, an industry known high fashion nail artist, Sharmadean Reid of WAH Nails and The London Academy of Beauty who supported the young women in gaining their Level 1 Diploma in Nail Technology. A bespoke personal development programme was delivered by Jo Smith, of Elevate Associates, which included tools for Managing Yourself, Mindfulness and Goal Setting. Venetia Archer of RUUBY launched the programme with a set of quality standards and summed up the Community Technicians achievements last night with this message…

“On behalf of Ruuby, I wanted to say that we are so delighted to have been involved in this stellar IOH training programme. The girls have all shown immense promise and dedication to building their own skill-sets. Our participation involved detailing the quality standards required with our own Ruuby freelancers: what is required to deliver a fantastic service. The three pillars are 1. Technical Excellence, 2. Professional Conduct, and 3. Desire to Succeed. We have every confidence and belief that after having completed this course, the graduates will be well equipped to deliver on all of the above.”

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So what’s next… this month the the IOH Community Technicians will be putting their new skills into practice by delivering a number of pop-up nail bars for some of our corporate partners –  kick starting with a halloween themed event at the projects funder’s office, MyLotto24.

If you would like to book the IOH Community Technicians for a community or corporate pop-up please contact hello@artagainstknives.com

GOODBYE TO TWO OF OUR LONGEST-STANDING VOLUNTEERS…

On Tuesday we said goodbye to two of our longest standing volunteers Jessica and Janneke who have been volunteering on our Dollis Dolls Community Nail Bar project for 2 and 4 years respectively. Every week they have painted nails, shared their creative talents and been inspirational positive role models for the young women on Dollis Valley Estate, North London.

Whilst she had her nails done, we asked one of our regular participants Ramisa to interview them both about their experience volunteering with Art Against Knives….

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Why are you leaving?

Janneke: “I’m leaving because I am proud of what we have achieved: a dedicated counsellor, accredited teaching programme, and the girls I have known since they were 12/13 have blossomed into brilliant young women. They make me so proud and I have nothing more to teach them ’’

Jessica: “I’m leaving to concentrate and develop my career path and build on the work I did during my masters, in which Dollis Dolls played an important role in’’

What made you want to volunteer in the first place?

Janneke: “When I still worked office hours, I vowed that when I went freelance I’d pay it forward. It has been more rewarding and conducive to my creative career than I could’ve expected #AllTheCheesyFeels ’’

Jessica: “I saw Art Against Knives Founder Katy give a talk and I thought that she was inspiring and very authentic, and I wanted to work with young people during my masters research, but it quickly became more than just research – I fell in love with the project and all the people involved’’

What has been your most favourite moment at Dollis Dolls?

Janneke: “My favourite moment would be when we all went to Universal Music to host a pop-up nail bar, because the girls really stepped it up, and made me so proud. Another would be watching our girls pick up their well deserved Jack Petchey awards, and finally painting nails in the burning sun with Katy in the middle of Grahame Park estate on a broken ping pong table’’

Jessica: “My favourite moments have been when we went to the House of Commons, as well as doing the street photography workshop with Tanya Nagar, and doing the fashion revolution project, and finally taking some of the Dollis Dolls to the ‘better lives’ conference at the London College of Fashion.’’

To read the full interview check out our DOLLIS DOLLS BLOG, created by the participants themselves.  

If you are inspired by Jessica and Janneke and interested in volunteering with us, then please get in touch hello@artagainstknives.com

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4TH ANNUAL DOLLIS VALLEY BALLERS BASKETBALL EVENT

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DOLLIS VALLEY BALLERS

2 : 2 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE // SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST 2016 // 11AM – 4PM

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This summer we will be hosting our 4th annual Basketball event on Dollis Valley estate, and this year the FREE community event is set to be bigger and better than ever. Entertainment will include…

LIVE MUSIC from local DJs, MCs and Musicians from THE LAB

LIVE DANCE performance from a local dance group

A SIZZLING BBQ – FREE for young people

POP-UP NAIL BAR hosted by our very own DOLLIS DOLLS NAIL BAR

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WATCH OUR FILM HERE TO SEE A PAST EVENT & HELP US TO SPREAD THE WORD!

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Teams need to pre-register to play on the day, all the details, rules and sign-up forms can be found from our event website: https://dollisvalleyballers.wordpress.com/

For more information please call 07984481971 or drop us a line at hello@artagainstknives.com

 

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OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE ART AGAINST KNIVES TEAM

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       It’s with great excitement that we’re announcing a new opening on our team here at ART AGAINST KNIVES. 

Our award winning community project, DOLLIS DOLLS NAIL BAR has been running on Dollis Valley Estate in High Barnet since 2012; supporting over 200 young women. We provide crucial early intervention support, reducing the significant risks they face and preventing their involvement as either perpetrators or victims of violent crime.

We’re looking for an experienced Project Manager to drive the delivery of this high quality, high impact model of working. This is an exciting opportunity to make a long-term, transformative impact on the lives of young women living in one of London’s most isolated communities.

Please find the Job Description and application information HERE 

Thank you! The Team at ART AGAINST KNIVES

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IN OUR HANDS TRAINING PROGRAMME

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We’re about to launch our brand new IN OUR HANDS:TRAINING programme. This is a unique, accredited programme of support designed to assist young women in creating their own positive futures. We are on the lookout for 10 young women aged 17-30 to join this year’s cohort. The programme will support participants in accessing further employment opportunities and in making a long-term change for themselves by developing confidence, resilience and professional transferable skills.

The programme will consist of bespoke structured 4 month development programme focusing on up-skilling participant, NVQ qualification in Nail Car, OCN qualification in Project Management, Skills master-classes delivered by high fashion nail artist Jenny Longworth, and Sharmadean Reid of WAH Nails and 1-2-1 weekly coaching with mentor to support with personal development plans and in achieving milestones

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We are looking for people who:

  • Want to make a positive long-term change and move away from current lifestyles or behaviours

  • Want to gain a qualification and develop creative and professional skills as a stepping stone to future employment

  • Are keen to build new positive networks

  • Are ready to engage in longer-term, consistent support

  • Who would benefit from additional personal development support alongside the skills training

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS : End of May 2016

If you would like to apply or ask any questions please contact Isabel@artagainstknives.com

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ARTISTS : CALL TO ACTION

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ARTISTS+DESIGNERS+CREATIVES

 WE NEED YOUR HELP!

ART AGAINST KNIVES GALLERY is on the lookout for London’s most exciting, creative talent; so that we can transform the lives of young people living in our city.

We raise a significant % of our income through selling donated artwork; formally through our gallery at Boxpark in Shoreditch, and more recently via our online gallery at www.artagainstknivesgallery.com, and support from the creative community is vital to the work we deliver.

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We regularly pop-up at events, galleries, and corporate environments. We invite our partners to ‘host’ our gallery, offering their clients, friends, and staff access to the diverse, affordable and exclusive collection of work. Last year we held sales events at Digitas LBi, McCann London, 1508 Design studio and Portas Agency…to name a few.

This year we’ve got a whole host of exciting destinations lined up, so we now are doing a massive shout out to gather more artwork! We see this as a two-way deal : you donate and we champion your work to exciting new audiences. This really is a great opportunity to get your work out there whilst making a massive impact on the lives of the young people we support.

We’ve had the long-term support of artists such as Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Wolfgang Tillmans and countless other established creatives and emerging new talent. We’ve collaborated with some of London’s most exciting galleries such as Jealous and The Contemporary London, and even run our own successful gallery space as one of BoxPark Shoreditch’s flagship local businesses in 2012.

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If you would like to donate your work, or have a chat with us-  please drop us a line:

GALLERY@ARTAGAINSTKNIVES.COM

ART AGAINST KNIVES CELEBRATES 5 YEARS!

Today we’re celebrating our 5th Birthday, and what an amazing 5 years it’s been; we’ve supported 955 young people at risk of violent crime across London.  board

552 young people have been supported through 21 unique creative projects .

We’ve engaged 403 young people through 8 community events such as our pop-up cinemas and annual basketball tournaments.

We’ve won 5 awards, including the TPAS award for excellence in community involvement

We’ve established 3 permanent programmes than run throughout the year in some of London’s most isolated communities.

The young talent generated through our programmes has been recognised by the likes of BBC News and Radio 4’s Today Programme.

We’re looking forward to sharing more of our highlights with you over the next few months, as well as exciting updates on our current programmes and future developments. 

ART AGAINST KNIVES @TEDxTottenham

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As ART AGAINST KNIVES is about to celebrate it’s 5th birthday, it feels like a good time to be reflecting on some of our achievements and learnings. Our co-founder Katy Dawe was asked by TedxTottenham to share her personal insight into addressing youth violence in London. We hear how painting one young woman’s nails has gone onto provide support and opportunity to hundreds of young people. She challenges us to think beyond the systematic approach to working with young people, and shares her creative solutions to ensuring that the next generation are empowered to make positive change.

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TALK

ART AGAINST KNIVES IS RECRUITING…

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We are on the look out for a dedicated Development & Support Officer to join us in the delivery of DESIGN + MAKE, a creative programme delivered in collaboration with our partners London College of Fashion. It offers 10 young adults (18-24) the opportunity to participate in a short course at the college and be supported into further opportunities. A key value of ours is to support young people in making long-term, transformative change. To achieve this we are looking for a Development and Support Officer to provide a consistent support offer to DESIGN + MAKE participants across a 9 month period; ensuring they can sustain their involvement, maximise this unique opportunity, overcome personal and external barriers and enter further education, employment and training.

Roles and Responsibilities will include:

Delivering a development and support programme for 10 vulnerable young adults.

Supporting the personal, social and educational development of participants working with them to identify solutions to personal barriers, access opportunities and engage positively with new networks.

Monitoring and evaluating the development of participants and the project.

Safeguarding participants and insure their safe participation in the programme.

We are looking for someone with:

Substantial, practical experience or qualification in working with young people/ adults from disadvantaged and challenging communities

A commitment to strength based youth work approaches and youth participation

Confidence in working with statutory services and local inter-agency child and adult protection procedures and support services

Results-motivated and solutions focused

Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise sensitivity, diplomacy and confidentiality and to build trusted relationships

Ability to work in own initiative, and make independent decisions

 

Full the full job description and details on how to apply please click HERE

To get in touch with us, drop us a line at: hello@artagainstknives.com