Street Art: ANXTI

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

ANXTI is an artist from South London. He created this piece, especially for The Big Issue. “My work deals with my own issues with anxiety,” he explains. “It’s something I have suffered from my entire life. ANXTI is one of my coping mechanisms. The physical act of making my work, even thinking about it, is a great distraction from the stresses of everyday life. My hope for this project is to help, entertain and increase the awareness of male mental health issues like anxiety.”

Street Art: Kathleen

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Kathleen lives in Islington, London and paints at Studio Upstairs in Dalston, a studio for people with mental health difficulties. Previously she lived in hostels around London. “I really love oil painting and wish I could make a living out of it,” she says. “I paint autobiographical work, landscapes, portraits, feminist issues, political and social issues. Two years ago –on my birthday – I did a presentation at the Royal Academy of Arts for the Education Department. Several years ago I exhibited a painting in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in an arts festival.”

The Lord Bird Art Collection

The Lord Bird Art Collection

The Big Issue marked its ’25+1 birthday’ with a special edition of the magazine – and an exclusive exhibition was held at The Framers Gallery, London, showing artwork by its founder, Lord John Bird. The founder’s artwork addresses themes of the human form and nature, with an ever-present undertone of the benefit of doing social good through social trading.

“It felt natural to mark our just over a quarter of a century celebrations with a special issue that nods towards the good that creativity can do in our world today.” explains Lord Bird. “Art in particular has meant so much to me over the years. It was a saviour in my troubled youth. I would go to drawing classes rather than hanging around with the lads I grew up with who were knee-deep in wrongdoing.”

These limited edition prints are now available here on The Big Issue Shop, with only ten of each size being produced and sold. Check out the full collection by clicking the link below:

SHOP THE LORD BIRD ART COLLECTION

Street Art: Christie Cassisa

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Christie Cassisa comes from an abusive childhood and as an adult has had problems with depression and homelessness. “The Big Issue and Centrepieces [a mental health arts project] have been the two biggest supports since then,” she says. “Both have given me the courage to keep on painting and to continue to understand the issues in my past as well as my present life. I feel optimistic about the future, as I get so much peace and joy from painting. The Big Issue and Centrepieces have also shown me that there is worth in what I do, and in who I am.”