Working with Greater Manchester Police, we have repurposed approximately 310 illegal guns, seized or given in amnesty. As part of our research into the physical properties of gunmetal, we have conducted a number of experiments to test how the material can be recycled and repurposed, and produced a variety of goods.
Ina Norrman is a contemporary jeweller based in London and Designer-in-Residence at Middlesex University. These circular pieces magnetically attach to clothing as a symbolic brooch, and have been produced as part of our research into the physical properties of gunmetal, experimenting with how the material can be recycled and repurposed.
This portrait bust of Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL by Karen Lyons has repurposed approximately 50 guns, a fitting tribute to honour the renowned campaigner and community peace activist. The sculpture, created with support from Arts Council England, will tour Manchester venues, beginning with the unveiling on International Women’s Day 2016 at Manchester Cathedral.
A celebratory sculpture capturing the energy of the Hip Hop Dance Troupe at MAV (Mothers Against Violence). Impressions through dance on clay will be cast into metal paving slabs to be found in and around Manchester.
Commemorative ingots made from 10 recycled shotguns, with unique glass sculpture insert by artist Danny Nuttall.
T-shirt range featuring tags made from melted-down replica guns seized from the streets by Greater Manchester Police, which are made from lighter metals including aluminium.
Made from 100% recycled gun metal, designed as a keepsake or reminder of our campaign message to remove guns from the streets. The Ingot is 6cm by 2 cm across and 1cm deep.
Commemorative coins were auctioned at the Outstanding Social Behaviour Awards in 2009 with the money raised donated to CARISMA peace group (Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area).