The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) is seeking proposals for four small artist commissions in response to our theme of ‘In/Visible’. The fee for each one is £750 and the application deadline is Friday 28 June 2024.

Application Information

We are inviting artists of any discipline, based anywhere in Scotland, to propose a new piece of work in response to our festival theme. The work will be presented online from October 2024, as well as potentially being shared in some form at our showcase SMHAF event in Glasgow in October.

The fee for each commission is £750 inclusive of materials.

The work can take any form – music, film, visual art, performance etc. – as long as it responds in a creative way to the theme of ‘In/Visible’ and addresses mental health.

We won’t prioritise applicants who are able to make work more quickly and we’ll be flexible around access needs. We hope to showcase the commissions during this year’s festival dates, 10 – 27 October, but we’re also open to presenting work after these dates if this would make the opportunity more accessible.

You can find examples of previous SMHAF artist commissions here:

Our ‘In/Visible’ commissions are supported by Creative Scotland.

How to Apply

To apply, please send us a short proposal. This should include:

  • One or two paragraphs if in writing; we can also accept proposals by audio or video
  • Examples of previous work
  • An estimate of how long it would take you to make and submit your piece

Please email applications to smhaf@mentalhealth.org.uk with the subject line ‘In/Visible Artist Commission – Your Name’ no later than Friday 28 June 2024 at 6pm.

All applicants should also complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

About the Festival

Led by the Mental Health Foundation, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) is now in its 18th year, taking place across Scotland and covering multiple artforms. SMHAF aims to provide a platform for everyone to create and share art inspired by mental health and explore how the arts and creativity can support people to live mentally healthier lives.

This year’s festival will take place from 10-27 October. Our 2024 festival theme, chosen in consultation with regional coordinators across Scotland, is ‘In/Visible’. You can read more about our theme here.

Image: Jamie Bolland, credit Morven Mulgrew (Untinned Animal, SMHAF ‘Revolution Commission)