Edinburgh & Lothian
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As part of our commitment to fostering new work that explores mental health, we are delighted to present and discuss new works in progress from five artists across multiple disciplines, giving audiences an insight into new performers who may appear at future events. Hosted by Associate Artist Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel), the evening will be an informal sharing of theatre, music, spoken word and performance from a broad range of artists.
Storytellers Kate Craik and Michael Williams lead an evening of stories in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court. They are joined by the Playback Edinburgh group, who invite participants and audiences to share moments and stories from their lives.
COAST TO COAST
The best hip hop dancers from across the country come together to battle it out for the top spot. Boost your mental health and wellbeing at this afternoon of hip hop presented by The State.
Constructivism, an art form that emerged in Russia in the 1920s, is an ideal way to explore ideas and have a voice. By reclaiming the philosophical theory found in constructivist art, exhibitors from the Outlook Project have embraced its style to generate their own discourse.
A spoken word night celebrating personal stories that have been shared publicly or privately, organised and hosted by Another Helping and Marbles Magazine, and featuring a creative programme of poetry and spoken word by Poetry Circus. Proceeds will be donated to Young Saheliya, an Edinburgh-based organisation that provides support for girls and young women aged 12-25 from BME backgrounds.
DISPERSED LIVES, GATHERED STORIES
Mixed media exhibition created by a group of adults involved with the Outlook Project. Being connected and sharing ideas is important for our health and wellbeing, and these creative pieces are the result of stories explored together.
Bed: cosy, safe, warm, haven of rest. Bed: prison. Duvet Day by C&O Dance is a physical exploration of depression, inspired by a conflicted relationship with the bed and an intimate struggle with the condition. The performances will be followed by a Q&A discussion.
EDINBURGH CARERS COUNCIL PRESENTS: MUSIC MATTERS
Now in its fifth year, this annual evening of live music features some of the most exciting artists in Scotland. This year’s line-up includes Adam Stafford, The Eastern Swell and Jonathan Pennington-Twist, plus a DJ set from Jeremy Thoms (The Cathode Ray).
FESTIVAL IN THE GARDEN
Pop-up festival offering art and herbal workshops, surprises and stories, in recognition of community gardening and its wonderful contribution to wellbeing. A reclaimed brown space, Lochend Secret Garden has been transformed into a local haven and a space worth celebrating.
FLINT & PITCH: RECLAIM THIS SCRIPT
Flint & Pitch present two evenings of spoken word, music and provocations, each bringing together five diverse acts to creatively respond to the theme Reclaim This Script. Can 'reclaiming' slurs bring empowerment? How best to change dominant narratives about the causes of mental ill health? How can we have better conversations about this, in life and through creative works? Come hear these broad themes explored through poetry, song and more.
HAIZEAN: BOOK LAUNCH
Launch of a new novel from John Sawkins and Jim McGinley, telling the story of Asier, a Basque doctor who is forced to flee his hometown of Guernica after the 1937 bombing and ends up working in the newly established NHS in Clydebank. The evening will also feature a slideshow of images of Guernica past and present.
As artist, activist and campaigner Ursula approaches a major milestone, she casts a creative and often hilarious look back at the challenges she’s faced, the progress she’s seen and the unexpected fights still to overcome. A short play, followed by a workshop.
A darkly comic political cabaret for our times by theatre-maker Julia Taudevin, partly inspired by the 2016 US election and the 2017 global women’s marches, and written in dialogue with over 100 people.
I SEE TOMORROW
North Edinburgh Theatre group perform monologues from their upcoming short film, which forms part of a unique project to capture the oral histories of those who moved from Edinburgh City Centre to Muirhouse and Pilton from the 1950s.
An afternoon dedicated to Evie Douglas, the Edinburgh-based dancer who completed suicide in 2014. Join us for a pop-up Depressed Cake Shop and Café, an exhibition of Evie’s artwork and photography, and a screening of Careless, Catriona Taylor’s creative documentary exploring Evie’s story and mental health services for young adults.
LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON
In Mark Lockyer’s hilarious, touching and critically acclaimed solo show, the actor shares the true story of how his life fell apart following an on-stage meltdown during a 1995 RSC production of Romeo and Juliet.
MAD JAM OPEN MIC
Whether you want to perform or just listen, this is the safe space that will give you the opportunity to be yourself with maximum encouragement from everyone. With an all-inclusive philosophy, Mad Jam supports poetry and all forms of musical expression.
MIND TO MOVE
Scottish choreographer Julia James-Griffiths is in the process of creating a new work titled The Box, which explores the impact depression can have on an individual, and how our society responds to it. As part of this project Julia is holding two free workshops titled Mind to Move, involving discussion and led movement improvisation, with a focus in exploring and enjoying the benefits of exercise and creative expression.
A relaxed, social session of stories, songs, memories and laughter in the Storytelling Court. Hosted by some of the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s loveliest storytellers, with tea, coffee and biscuits included. Come to join in or just listen, with friends old and new. Hosted by the ElderWise group.
MINDFRAME: ART EXHIBITION & FASHION SHOW
The Scottish Design Exchange presents Mindframe, a fashion show and art exhibition in aid of Penumbra, one of Scotland’s leading mental health charities.
MOVING FORWARD: EXHIBITION
A jamboree of creative events celebrating the artistic talent of people who use Contact Point. Come along to take part in a music workshop, listen to our singing group, enjoy our mixed media exhibition, hear personal spoken word performances, and browse our handmade craft stall.
MOVING MINDS: COMMUNITY-LED DIALOGUE
Gypsy/Travellers lead an interactive awareness-raising workshop, attempting to dispel myths, promote dialogue and reflect on the impact that prejudice can have on mental health and wellbeing. Booking essential.
NEW FROM OLD
This exhibition showcases canvas art, signs, papier-mâché and plenty more artworks created by members of Living Well, a small, user-led community mental health project with services in West Pilton Park and at St Andrew’s Church, Clermiston.
New and hard-hitting verbatim play that explores how childhood experiences shape men’s adult lives.
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
Now in its fifth year, Out of Sight, Out of Mind is a collaborative exhibition of over 100 artworks in various media, created by people who are using the arts to express themselves in relation to their experiences of mental health issues.
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 each speaker’s individual experiences.
Fudge of Afro Art Lab and Topaz of Reconfigure invite you to have your portrait drawn, or photographed by Ewan Bush. Materials will also be provided for you to draw others, and some portraits will be displayed during the last week at Out of Sight, Out of Mind to celebrate Black History Month.
RECLAIM, REGAIN, REGENERATION AND RESTORATION
Veterans First Point Lothian presents an exhibition of photographs, artworks and poetry, created by veterans and their families, depicting personal interpretations of this year’s theme Reclaim.
A group of artists have come together to create a new and exciting installation in the Porty Light Box, an old BT phone box. Exploring ideas on stigma and isolation, they have developed imagery that works in this unique space.
Creative Electric presents an interactive performance installation where audiences can create, play or observe. Sinking Horses aims to open dialogues surrounding mental health and normalise them.
SIX O'CLOCK IN PRINCES STREET
In the iconic setting of Edinburgh Castle’s Great Hall, this very special evening of poetry, music and spoken word explores the First World War from different perspectives and genres. In partnership with Scottish Poetry Library, Veterans First Point Scotland and Scottish Storytelling Centre.
SPACE TO BE: CAFÉ
A drop-in café with free tea, coffee and biscuits, representing the themes Our Stories, Our Space and Our Future. There will also be a chance to view the visual arts projects on display and think about what we can reclaim to support our mental health and wellbeing.
SPACE TO BE: SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
Reflective worship service focusing on the importance of giving time to activities that help maintain good mental health and wellbeing, including the voices of people with lived experience of mental health challenges. An open and inclusive event, welcoming people of all faiths and none.
STORIES OF CHANGING LIVES 3: BOOK LAUNCH
Join us to celebrate the launch of a new book of writing, artwork and photography by people who have experienced longer stays at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The evening will feature readings, a film screening, plus your chance to pick up a copy.
TALKING ABOUT RAINBOW FAMILIES
Join us in a safe and creative space to work through helpful strategies and approaches for dealing with the sometimes difficult conversations and questions that follow talking to children and other family members about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identities. Ages 16+. Booking essential.
THE MISS ANNABEL SINGS SHOW: HORRIFIC BLIND DATE
Dive’s queen of queer cabaret is sending a woof to all you lusty lovers to join her for an evening of Hallowe’en themed comedy and romance, as Dive plunges the murky swamps of dating with their very own version of Blind Date.
VOICES OF EXPERIENCE
This photography and audio exhibition from Jim Mackintosh explores our social history through the experiences of older members of our communities. Hear open and honest life stories from over 40 volunteers aged 75 to 106, revealing hardship, deprivation, luck, laughter and tears, and what it means to be old.
WRITING FOR CHANGE
Write to change minds and express yourself, or your group's opinion. Engage people using humour, empathy, stats, facts and images. Led by Anne O’Donnell, this writing workshop is for people with lived experience of mental health issues. Booking essential but no experience necessary.
Link Up Women’s Support Centre is holding a series of workshops to scope and create a zen walkway in the grounds of St Margaret’s House using reclaimed materials. Women wishing to take part in the workshops and help build a lasting outdoor space for relaxation and meditation should book a place in advance.