GUNS TO GOODS supports community initiatives in crime reduction through melting down illegal firearms seized or taken through amnesty by Greater Manchester Police, and symbolically converting the metal into fresh artefacts of aesthetic value.
These new artworks draw attention to inspirational stories of heroic dimensions where individuals and community groups have produced peace and resolution through collective endeavour.
Originally formed around a request from CARISMA (Campaign Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area) and the Greater Manchester Police to commission artists in the production of sculpture as a means of public commemoration in the face of the devastating effects of gun crime, the GUNS TO GOODS project responds to the positivity and initiative of active communities.
We want to develop ethical retail enterprises to widen our outreach and help generate an economy that will cover the costs of recycling and support community engagement. To achieve this, we need to access a breadth of skills to establish a sustained practice.