Edinburgh & Lothian
A PILGRIMAGE EXPERIENCE
Images of 15 windows combine to create a self-reflective, partly guided, pilgrimage experience. Step back through the years and journey across different themes, tracing a pattern of connections.
AN ARTIST’S EYES
The latest film by Jack Bond (Dali in New York, The Blue-Black Hussar), An Artist’s Eyes explores what drives Chris Moon to paint, despite his perpetual anxiety and depression.
ANGELA BARNES, ROSE TINTED
Following another sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Angela Barnes is back with her brand new show Rose-Tinted. With stand up and stories, Angela is trying, really trying, to look on the bright side of life.
ART & NATURE
An exhibition showcasing varied artworks produced through a series of workshops to promote wellbeing through walking in nature and developing creative responses. Through photography and painting, community members of the Social Bite Village will experiment with the theme of Connected.
An exhibition about be-longing! Longing to be! We all need to belong to have a close connection with others and to be accepted just as we are.
A series of clay pieces will be created in an open workshop setting, with drop-in taster sessions. Visitors can experience throwing on the potter’s wheel and complete a simple project in hand-building with clay. Booking essential for the workshop.
Contact Point Art Group hosts a day of creative activities, featuring a music workshop, original spoken word performances, an arts and crafts stall and an exhibition of new work.
CONTACT POINT: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Exhibition by artists from Contact Point, highlighting the importance of people making connections in their communities and how this helps to improve mental wellbeing.
A rare opportunity to view the photography of Patrick Keast, giving an extraordinary insight into the recovery journey. By focusing on the people and the sights that we often walk by, his work challenges preconceptions about those who are excluded and dispossessed.
by Wildcard Theatre
Winner, Mental Health Fringe Award 2018
‘We are a blip. A speck of dust.
To be wiped off the face of time
like you might a bike chain's rust.
But to each of us,
we are everything'
Follow Jessie through gigs, parties, city streets and warehouses, journeying from Leeds to London, on a quest to find her mother.
Electrolyte is a multi-award winning piece of gig theatre that powerfully explores mental health for a contemporary audience. Written in spoken word poetry and underscored by original music ranging from “blasts of sound to lyrical sweetness” (★★★★★ The Scotsman), this exhilarating and powerful show is performed by six multi-instrumentalists who seamlessly integrate live music with expert storytelling.
Electrolyte won the 2018 Mental Health Fringe Award, a prize founded by the Mental Health Foundation in recognition of the most outstanding show exploring mental health at the Edinburgh Fringe. It also won The Stepladder Award, The LET Award, The Voice Mag Pick of The Fringe Award and the Pleasance Best Newcomer Award 2018.
We are delighted to welcome Electrolyte back to Scotland for a week of dates as part of a two-month tour of the UK and Ireland, also supported by the Mental Health Foundation.
Electrolyte’s dates at the Tron Theatre are presented in association with Mayfesto.
There will be post-show discussions on Tuesday 14 May and Wednesday 15 May.
Hear the cast and crew talk about mental health and the making of the production in this video.
FACES AT OUR FEET, FACES OF THE STREET
Artist Jamie King has produced portraits of homeless people in Edinburgh, painted from photographs taken with agreement from each individual. Jamie's experiences with mental ill health and schizophrenia give him the drive to paint.
FEELS: BREAK FREE, EXPERIENCE, CONNECT
In March 2019, FEELS Exhibition has made emotions come alive, over two days in Teviot Dining Room, the University of Edinburgh. Over 250 audiences experienced the magic. (See Video)
This May! FEELS Exhibition is BACK as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2019! The exhibition will be upgraded in the bright and airy gallery space at Edinburgh Palette.
Hosted in a creative space to celebrate emotions, this exhibition features abstract feelings coming to life as you see, hear, touch and engage with them. There will also be talks, workshops to foster conversation and dialogue about emotional wellbeing. Topics range from Film and Consciousness, Art-based Experiential Workshop, Experiential Creative Painting, Mono-printing to Creative Mindfulness!
Venue (In Edinburgh Palette)
25th May (Sat)
Exhibition Opening Ceremony
Gallery 2 (Third Floor)
26th May (Sun)
The Drawing Room (Third Floor)
Gallery 2 (Third Floor)
G5 Education Space (Ground Floor)
29th May (Wed)
Gallery 2 (Third Floor)
G5 Education Space (Ground Floor)
30th May (Thur)
Gallery 2 (Third Floor)
Let's allow creativity, imagination, thoughts and emotions flow, interact and explode! Come and feel the creative power of emotions at Edinburgh Palette!
FINAL ASCENT: THE LEGEND OF HAMISH MACINNES
SMHAF is delighted to be supporting the Scotland-wide release of Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes, with Q&As at CCA, Filmhouse, An Lanntair and Eden Court, and screenings across the country.
FINAL ASCENT: THE LEGEND OF HAMISH MACINNES + Q&A
SMHAF is delighted to be supporting the Scotland-wide release of Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes, including hosting discussions with director Robbie Fraser at CCA, Filmhouse, An Lanntair and Eden Court.
GALA WEEK STORIES
Join us for four storytelling sessions with springtime themes. Each event will be led by a different storyteller, using stories and songs to celebrate the folklore traditions that inspire them. Refreshments included in price.
HEAVY SOUND CONNECTED
Get involved in an innovative hip hop project exploring expression through songwriting, live DJing and production sessions. It aims to help people who have experience of the care system and living with mental health stay connected through music.
KEEP ON WALKING FEDERICO
Actors Touring Company
By Mark Lockyer
One day, Mark gets a letter. This letter takes him to a sleepy Spanish town. He can’t speak the language and he knows nobody, but he’s not here for fun. He’s here to grapple with the past.
Along the way, Mark encounters weird and wonderful people: Pepe the café owner, Dr Bueno the good doctor with a shady secret, Miss World fanatic Daamon and Ramona – ah, Ramona. Flamenco will never be the same after Ramona. Oh, and Federico, the Spanish poet. These people will change his life forever, and perhaps help him to find a way forward.
Mark Lockyer is an extraordinary writer/performer whose hit show Living with the Lights On has toured from Bristol to Barcelona, including two sell-out runs at the Young Vic. His new show is full of the same compelling mix of virtuosity, heart and humour.
Contains some strong language and adult content. 14+
Supported by Arts Council England
Image: Izzy Romilly / Jonathan Noakes
LAUREN MAKES A MESS
Lauren Stonebanks is a former medical student who fell down the rabbit hole of mental illness. She will be displaying some of her art in her favourite bookshop, Main Point Books. Come along for dubious art and great books.
MAD JAM OPEN MIC
Reaching communities that other open mics do not, this event takes place in a friendly, inclusive and safe space, aiming to combat the stigma and loneliness associated with mental illness. Try out your performance skills or be part of our friendly audience.
An exhibition by students working in various media, including oil, acrylic, mixed media, lino printing and mono printing, charcoal, pencil, pen, ink and experiments with sculpture. Workshops will also take place on Monday afternoons.
MAKING CONNECTIONS THROUGH ART: WOMEN’S CAFÉ PROJECT
An exhibition of work by women who are new to the city, including refugees and women from Dreghorn Barracks. The project will explore finding a sense of belonging in Scotland and develop dialogue with the community.
MEET THE ARTIST: CATRIONA TAYLOR
Catriona is a painter who's work will be featured in the exhibition Shades of Blue. She also works as the Art Group Facilitator at Castle Craig Hospital for Addictions, Blyth Bridge, Peeblesshire. In this seated event, Catriona will explain how the art program works in the residential hospital program, will share how art work feeds into the other therapeutic work and what is rewarding about running the art groups. The image of this event is a painting by one of the participants at the Castle Craig Hospital's art group.
If you book the seat, and later decide that you can't attend, we kindly ask to cancel it, since there is a very limited number of seats and these events get fully booked.
MEET YOUR EMOTIONAL HOMUNCULUS & THE BRAIN'S AMAZING DRUGS CABINET
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities directly linked to Cyrenians SCCR’s psychoeducational and digital resources. They will sculpt their own emotional homunculus and create their own non-alcoholic #CranialCocktail to explore the brain’s amazing drugs cabinet.
MOVING MINDS: EXHIBITION
Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland suffer a great deal of prejudice and discrimination which affects their wellbeing and material existence. This exhibition is part of an ongoing project, aiming to break down existing prejudices and end the discrimination many have experienced.
MOVING MINDS: RAISING AWARENESS
In this engaging workshop, trainers from Gypsy/Traveller communities in Scotland will introduce you to their culture, their experiences, the challenges they face and the impact discrimination has on their wellbeing.
OM MUSIC SANCTUARY
A concert by students and volunteers from OM Music Sanctuary, a charity which provides free music tuition, rehearsal space and recording facilities for the mental health community in Edinburgh.
A sharing of scripts, devised pieces and short films written and performed by young members of the North Edinburgh Theatre project, exploring future hopes and current situations. An HLF Year of Young People project, Our Tomorrow questions what it takes to build a thriving community, whilst reflecting on the slum clearances and new town approaches of the past.
Out of Sight Out of Mind
Out of Sight Out of Mind, a diverse and ambitious multimedia exhibition created by hundreds of artists with experience of mental health issues, returns to Summerhall in Edinburgh in October.
Now in its seventh year, Out of Sight Out of Mind has quadrupled in size since its 2013 launch as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF). A feast of film, sculpture, installation, photography, painting and drawing, it continues to be supported by SMHAF and the Mental Health Foundation as part of their year-round arts programme. This year the exhibition will consist of almost 400 artworks and will fill more than an entire floor of the extensive gallery spaces at Summerhall in Edinburgh.
This body of artworks is ‘amazing’ in its diversity of voices and ability to communicate the many different experiences of living with mental health. Out of Sight Out of Mind has different meanings for people who exhibit in, organise and visit the exhibition. It is an opportunity for people to express themselves, to be heard, join a community, discuss issues related to mental health.
"I'm very excited about being part of the Out of Sight Out of Mind community this year. A more varied and vibrant collection of imagery is probably very rare. Art is humanity seeking understanding and order by manipulating imagery or performance, and mental health issues at the same time demand such analysis and defy it. Humanity and it's great questions distilled."
Out of Sight Out of Mind is hosted by CAPS Independent Advocacy; it is an inclusive and accessible platform for people who want to use the arts to have their often-unheard voices heard. It is organised by a group of artists and several participating organisations. It is supported through funding from NHS Lothian Sense of Belonging Arts Programme and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.
The motivations of individuals and groups involved are varied - personal expression; development of an artistic practice; experiencing the therapeutic benefits of making; formal art therapy; political activism; having a voice, and many others.
Out of Sight Out of Mind will be launched with an evening event on World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10 October 2019. The exhibition runs from Friday 11 October until Sunday 3 November, open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 6pm. There will be a number of exhibition related events throughout October which will be announced nearer the time. The exhibition and all events are free to attend and everyone is welcome. Summerhall is wheelchair accessible and dog friendly.
Wednesday 23 October, 2-4pm
Please join for this informal event where many 2019 exhibitors will be available to chat about their work. Everyone is welcome and booking is not required.
ELEVEN: Film Screening and Q&A with Philippa Clark
Saturday 26 October, 12.30-1.30pm
For the past year Isaac and Philippa have been filming 11 seconds of footage every day to document their day to day experiences together. Please join for a screening of the full 24-minute film and to meet Philippa Clark who will speak with the audience about the making of the film and aspects of the experiences of a family with complex needs. Booking required.
TRACE: Puppet Show and Q&A with Abi Pirani
Wednesday 30 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm
TRACE is a puppet show about the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), particularly on mental health. Creator Abi Pirani will perform the 15-minute show, then answer questions from and speak with the audience. For ages 16+ only. Booking required.
The Stories Within Us: Body Painting with Lynn Fraser
Saturday 2 November, 10.30am-12pm
Connect without words and explore your feelings using body-paint in this simple but beautiful workshop. Led by Lynn Fraser, an artist and body painter with over a decade of experience in painting on people and skin. For ages 18+ only. Maximum 10 participants. Booking essential.
Image: Out of Sight Out of Mind 2018, at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Photo by Chris Scott. Artwork by Stephanie Wilson.
OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND: AFTERNOON TEA
Enjoy an afternoon tea with artists and organisers from Out of Sight, Out of Mind, a collaborative exhibition by people who have experienced mental health issues which takes place at Summerhall each October. Find out more about participating in 2019. All welcome.
POSTCARD POEMS & CONNECTED STORIES
We write to express our ideas and share experiences. The OxPen writing group will be presenting their postcard poems in celebration of the written word. Followed by a storytelling session to support us and encourage us all to find our voices.
RANDOM SWITCH: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Community Connections will create a chain within the community. Random Switch will create and install a series micro-sculptures in cafes, workplace and community venues in Edinburgh. Get in touch to receive a map showing all the locations.
REAL TALK: STORYTELLING FOR WELLBEING
An evening of storytelling, connection and honesty, creating a safe space to speak about one of our most beautiful assets, our minds! Attendees are offered an opportunity to gain insight and understanding into the individual experiences of the speakers.
SHE STEPPED BACKWARDS IN FRONT OF THE WORDS IN EDINBURGH: AN ACTIVE DISCUSSION
CAPS Independent Advocacy’s ‘Experiences of Psychosis’ project invites you to an event which creatively explores the experience of psychosis. We will use Emily Furneaux’s Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival project as a tool to open discussion. Others with their own experience of psychosis will also be part of this dialogue.
Emily’s SMHAF project ‘She Stepped Backwards In Front of the Words Behind Her’ is a walking audio tour based on her own experiences of psychosis. She uses it as a means to unravel an often stigmatised and bewildering aspect of mental health.
The evening will begin at CAPS meeting rooms. Emily will touch on why she has made this project, encouraging playful methods to undress psychosis from the negativity it is shrouded in. Participants will then have the opportunity to listen to the audio, while walking a specially devised route. If mobility is an issue, participants are welcome to listen to the audio at the CAPS meeting room.
After the walk we will return to the CAPS meeting room to respond to the work through open discussion with Emily and members of the CAPS ‘Experiences of Psychosis’ project.
All are welcome to this opportunity to cultivate our own thoughts on this subject.
THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
A workshop and exhibition exploring our connections to music. Bring together the songs that have meaning for you in a mixtape, whether they make you feel happy, sad or inspired. Artwork by Outlook students will also be on display.
THE HOUSE THAT MELTS WITH THE RAIN
A reading of a new play by Jennifer Adam about a woman who refuses to leave her home despite it disintegrating around her. It explores how we can be affected by what we see in the news, the impact that can have on our mental state, and ultimately how we can find hope through the clouds.
THE NATURE PLAY CONNECTION
Being in natural, outdoor environments has been shown to improve self-esteem, positive mental health and wellbeing in young people. A series of outdoor play and environmental art workshops has resulted in this evocative sculpture. Dress for the weather as there will be a 20 minute countryside walk to The Youth Vision Bothy in the Pentland Hills. Booking essential.
An inspiring and colourful exhibition of paintings, textile collages and textile panels by members of The Alma Project.