Keen-eyed young photographer takes inspiration from poignant anti-violence sculpture - The Rugby Observer

Keen-eyed young photographer takes inspiration from poignant anti-violence sculpture

Rugby Editorial 21st Feb, 2024   0

A KEEN-eyed young photographer from Rugby has taken inspiration from a poignant sculpture to enter a national competition.

Demi Brown, 16, visited the Knife Angel monument during its month-long installation in Nuneaton last year – and it left a lasting impression on her.

The exhibition, known for its powerful message against knife crime, was crafted from over 100,000 seized blades, and serves as a haunting reminder about the devastating impact of violent behaviour, while also standing as a memorial of the lives lost.

The poignant Knife Angel sculpture.

During her visit, Demi engaged with the exhibition in a unique way – capturing moments through the lens of her camera. Later, she chose four photographs from her collection to submit to the national Knife Angel photography competition.

While awaiting the competition results, Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) Family and Adolescent Support Team (FAST) recognised the quality of Demi’s work. With her permission, the team framed her photographs and displayed them in several County Council offices.

Demi and her family were invited to the Bloxham Centre in Rugby for a special unveiling ceremony and celebration in December 2023, during which senior WCC officers joined in the recognition of Demi’s artistic accomplishment.

Coun Sue Markham, the council’s spokeswoman for Children and Families services, said: “Demi’s journey, from engaging in the Knife Angel exhibition to having her framed photographs proudly displayed in public offices, serves as an inspiring example of how the FAST team empowers young people to channel their energies into positive and creative outlets.

“The commitment to recognising and celebrating such achievements reflects the dedication of the FAST team in fostering growth and resilience in the young people they work with and aligns with our Child Friendly Warwickshire ambition for every child and young person across the county to be safe.”

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