Persuasive street art

2 Aug 19 | Uncategorized

This painting sprang up on my walk to a charity in which I run workshops for survivors of abuse and violence in Lewisham, South East London. I was struck by its powerful, relevant and much needed message.

With a little research, I found it was painted by local street artist, Nathan Bowen in response to a teenager who died from a single stab wound.

He explained, “My characters are all friendly demons. They represent a street person, someone with a hood up who might look threatening.

“I’m telling them to put the knife down and pick up a paint brush. My take is for them to get out of the situation and be creative instead of negative.”


I am accredited with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC), no. AS16452, a full clinical member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), no. 2011165386 and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), no. 45986.  

I adhere to the ethical standards and principles of these organisations, including regular clinical supervision and professional development courses.