St. Michael's hospital received some funding which allowed them to refurbish the clinic to make it more child friendly and they approached the College Art department to carry out the refurbishment. The mural formed part of a work experience project for the College students. Initially, the Foundation degree students completed the first refurbishment at the clinic and then they were so pleased that they came back and asked for more artwork to be carried out, so the second refurbishment was carried out by the level 3 Art and Design students. The students were briefed to come up with a creative design around the theme of 'nature'. The design had to be appealing to both adults and children. Feedback from the clinic's therapists for the students was to use muted colours with darker splashes, and to not use any neon colours. The mural was completed last month, and it took a team of around 15 students just over a week to complete.
Barnet and Southgate College student Hollie Derwick, aged 18 studying on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, was involved in painting the mural, Hollie, who is from Southgate said: "We started working on the mural in February, it took just over a week and we all did two to three days, in shifts. We all had sections given to us to work on and for our section we were given the theme of getting the train to go to the beach, then we chose animals and their expressions to travel on the train, I painted the end of the mural at the beach. It was good fun to come in and paint and see the reaction of the kids they loved it, as the clinic appointments ran as usual while we painted. It's just great to do something for the community and get the experience of working in a professional environment."
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust chief executive Maria Kane said: "The space has been transformed. It is a beautiful mural which is already brining joy to children, parents and staff. It's a wonderful example of partnership working in the community. We would love to do more of these sorts of projects as a creative environment and imaginative surroundings contribute to good patient care."