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Guns to Goods

A portrait sculpture of Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL by Karen Lyons

17 September 2016 — 6 November 2016

17 September - 6 November 2016, Guns to Goods @ People's History Museum

This sculpture has been re-created from an original clay model using metal recycled from de-commissioned hand guns obtained from police custody.  None of the hand guns used have been used in active crime.  The use of recycled metal from hand guns helps to marry the subject of the sculpture with the extended context and message surrounding the piece.

Karen is a member of the project Guns to Goods which was set up to recycle guns from police custody into products of creative value.

This project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Erinma Bell

This sculpture has been made as a way of celebrating the achievements of Erinma Bell and raising the profile of the work she does for CARISMA in the cause of peace.  Erinma is the co-founder of CARISMA (Community Alliance for Renewal Inner South Manchester Area), established to campaign against gang violence by co-ordinating local communities to regenerate their area of South Manchester, reclaiming its streets.  CARISMA offers life-chances for young people in the community by giving them positive alternatives other than street and gun crimes.

During her tireless work, Erinma has highlighted the complexities of issues relating to gang crime and the importance of effective preventative methods against the causes of violence in inner cities.  Her expertise and success in Manchester has been recognised on the national and international stage and she advises widely on strategies for the management of issues relating to gun crime.  CARISMA was awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community and Gordon Brown recognised Erinma’s efforts in his book Britain’s Everyday Heroes.  In 2008 Erinma was awarded an MBE for voluntary services to her community and is now Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester (DL).

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