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Art Against Knives Gallery



Leagas Delaney's holds auction for resident charity / Wednesday 17th October 6-9pm

Art Against Knives Gallery


Leagas Delaney's resident charity, Art Against Knives have recently said goodbye to their Gallery at BoxPark, Shoreditch.  To help celebrate the closing of this chapter and the beginning of the next, they would like to invite you to join them at their office for a sales evening on Wednesday 17th October between 6-9pm.
Come and get your hands on artwork donated by a range of established artists, emerging talent and the young people they work with.  The charity will be offering up to 20% off on selected artwork, with the proceeds of sales going straight back into funding the creative opportunities they provide for young people in London.
Leagas Delaney have supported Art Against Knives from the word go. After assisting with the initial auction in 2009, we continue to help by donating office space. This ‘space’ has grown somewhat over the past two years, and we now donate our entire reception area, plus plenty of time and resources, to the AAK team of over 20 young volunteers. 
We have also helped to raise awareness of Art Against Knives with a memorable launch campaign that put the ear back on Vincent Van Gogh’s infamous Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, Easel and Japanese Print. It was a huge success, with all the national press running the ad for free, as well as numerous London poster sites. Last year we produced an advert to highlight the opening of the Art Against Knives gallery, replicating – Dali’s The Persistence of Memory – replacing the melting clock with a melting knife, again the ad went on to be nominated for numerous awards. 
AAK sells affordable artwork priced from £20 - £500 donated by established artists, as well as students and emerging talent. They have a whole heap of products available too from soaps made by Tracey Emin to t-shirts designed by famous fashion designers especially for them. They are also currently collaborating with London-based artist Greg Eason and The Contemporary London, selling a range of Eason’s original artwork, limited edition prints and t-shirts, with the proceeds supporting the opportunities AAK offers to young people.
We hope that you can join us at this one-off exclusive event next Wednesday, and purchase some original art for your home whilst supporting the work of this great charity.  
Art Against Knives (AAK) is a youth-led charity born from the unprovoked stabbing of Oliver Hemsley, a 21-year-old student from Central Saint Martins college of art in 2008. AAK works to reduce the root causes of knife crime through arts initiatives that provide an alternative to violent gang culture. AAK’s goal is to provide creative resources and facilitate sustainable opportunities for young people within the multitude of creative industries in London.
AAK is supported, amongst others, by Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Wolfgang Tillmans, Hussein Chalayan, Marios Schwab, Christopher Kane,  Mary Katrantzou, Central Saint Martin’s, the Prince’s Trust, the Home Office, and the Mayor of London
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