Swords into Ploughshares: Knives into Jewels

Artwork from Swords into Ploughshares exhibitionSwords into Ploughshares curators Dauvit Alexander and Professor Norman CherryArtwork from Swords into Ploughshares exhibition


4 November 2023 to 20 January 2024

Swords into Ploughshares: Knives into Jewels is an exhibition that sets out to examine the nationwide problem of knife crime by inviting jewellery and metals artists to respond to the issue, by repurposing knives obtained mainly through the West Midlands Police knife surrender scheme.

Curated by Dauvit Alexander and Professor Norman Cherry, this is a powerful touring exhibition of objects, small sculptures and items of jewellery, which range from pessimistic to playful, practical and even fanciful.

The exhibition features 34 international jewellery and metals artists, who have created new bodies of work by refashioning, adapting or otherwise transforming knives which have been surrendered to UK police.

The exhibition will consist of specially-commissioned works by a range of international artists.

Artists in Swords into Ploughshares: Knives into Jewels:

Dauvit Alexander (UK), Boris Bally (USA), Petra Bishai (UK), Stephen Bottomley (UK), Tim Carson (UK), Norman Cherry (UK), Jens Clausen (Germany/Estonia), Rachael Colley (UK), Eimear Conyard (Republic of Ireland), Bob Coogan (USA), Rosie Deegan (UK), Jeff Durber (UK), Ndidi Ekubia (UK), Cristina Filipe (Portugal), Daniel Freyne (UK), Anna Gordon (UK), Herman Hermsen (Germany), Jorge Manilla (Norway/Mexico), Patrick McMillan (USA), Nanna Melland (Norway), Eliana Negroni (Italy), Rohan Nicol (Australia), Ted Noten (Netherlands), Coilin O’Dubhail (Republic of Ireland), Komelia Okim (Korea/USA), Peter Parkinson (UK), Annelisse Pfeifer (UK), Jo Pond (UK), Liz Shaw (Australia), Rebecca Skeels (UK), Risto Tali (Estonia), Fred Truus (Estonia), Taavi Teevet (Estonia)

Exhibition Launch

Join us between 7pm and 9pm on Friday 3 November 2023 for the launch of Swords into Ploughshares: Knives into Jewels. Everyone welcome! Dauvit and Norman will give an introduction to the exhibition including a tour round the show from 7:30pm.