The Studio

Winston, Community Engagement & Mentor, Fulfilling Lives (Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham) poem.

Personalities and egos

are hung outside the door.

Titles, positions are kept in wallets

and handbags.

First names would do

and your smock awaits you.

Nervous first timers settle

character surfaces.

Artists, we begin

filling the blank canvas.

Our minds churning out solutions

drawing and tracing with pencils

of learned experience.

Brushing in our lived experience with the new colour


A masterpiece in progress

titled Change.

Up close and from a distance

It’s revealing

yet concealing

everyone’s splutter

or fine brush stroke.

A tapestry of hurt, hope and future

captured on faces and depth of shades

revealing love, humility, passion.