Stephen Mundy is painter and sculptor. As Mundy says, “While I was in prison I was given the choice of working in the workshop, or going to education,” he says, “I chose education. I was very mental ill, and practicing art was a real benefit to my mental health.”
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The Big Issue Magazine's Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals a outlet for creative expression.
For 24 years The Big Issue has given people on the margins of society a platform for their poetry, visual art and creative works of every form. The fascinating and inspiring stories of the contributors to our weekly Street Art pages have generated a lot of enthusiasm from readers; every week we receive letters and emails commenting on the work. You can now buy exciting new prints through The Big Issue Shop from a number of the Street Art contributors! At least half the profit from each print goes to the artist, with the remaining profit helping The Big Issue give people living on the margins a hand up.
For people who experience homelessness, addiction, mental health or other issues that leave them marginalised, creativity can be a vital outlet. Richard Todd is art leader at London’s 240 Project, an arts and health activity centre for people affected by homelessness, vulnerability and exclusion, whose artists feature regularly in our pages.
The Big Issue provides a platform to a number of artists and the website provides a platform to buy works which benefit the artist and the charity that does so much to help reduce homelessness in the UK.
Homelessness has huge implications on those in the most need, the access to support is made harder by having no fixed abode. The Big Issue supports vendors take steps towards social and financial inclusion.
“Art offers an acceptable outlet for thoughts and feelings that people might otherwise prefer not to hear, and hopefully gives rise to a more positive frame of mind,” he explains. “To be published in a national publication is quite something.”