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The7stars partners with Art Against Knives to drive awareness for knife crime


The7stars partners with Art Against Knives to drive awareness for knife crime

Posted by: Therapy | Date added: Fri 31 Aug 2012

Leading independent media planning and buying agency, the7stars, has formed a ground breaking partnership with Art Against Knives (AAK), building on the7stars’ commitment to young talent.

AAK is a young, creative charity working to reduce the root causes of knife crime through youth-led arts initiatives that provide an alternative to violent gang culture, born out of the tragic and unprovoked stabbing of art student Oliver Hemsley.

To launch the exciting new partnership, the7stars is opening its offices to AAK to display and sell a wide variety of affordable artwork donated to the charity from established artists and emerging talent, including Hannah Parr, Penny, Abigail Box, Finn O’Brien, and John Costi. Prices range from £30 to £4,000.

The partnership sees members of the7stars volunteering their time and skills support the creative youth projects and initiatives delivered by AAK across London. The agency is also looking to offer apprenticeships through a placement scheme in association with AAK, which will invest in hands-on media training for 16 - 24 year olds who do not plan to attend University. Particularly in light of increased university fees, making the option of university a total impossibility for lower income families, it is even more important to offer opportunities to those seeking an alternative to higher education as a route into work.

Katy Dawe, co-founder of Art Against Knives: “We’ve worked with the7stars to raise awareness of what we do and we’re over the moon to have their support. They are a group of creatively-minded individuals who believe in supporting young talent. This is perfect example of how the creative industry can support young people by providing them with the opportunity to see how their creative skills translate into the real working world. ”

Jenny Biggam, founder of the7stars: “The great work of Art Against Knives was first brought to my attention by a member of the7stars team who is a friend of Oliver’s. Given this and our recognition of the important work they do I was thrilled to launch this partnership. It’s a big part of our culture that we’re committed to talent development, and we want to work face-to-face with the young people supported by AAK and inspire and help them to follow their dreams and reach their potential. The hands-on training we are offering and apprenticeship scheme will help to do just that.”

The event will take place between 7pm and 9.30pm at the7stars offices on Tuesday 4th September.

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