Edinburgh & Lothian

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air is a series of creative painting and writing workshops, taking place in quiet outdoor locations in north-east Edinburgh.

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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.

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Agnieszka Narloch: We will celebrate each of the scars

An artwork, using collage, paint and poetry, related to the artist’s experience of mental health and the mad movement.

“I have been living with a mental health condition for nearly a decade. My journey of recovery includes artwork and writing poetry, as the creative process helps me to accept my condition and to affirm my self-esteem.

I would like my artwork to challenge stigma around mental health as well as to offer hope to persons going through similar difficulties. I believe that everything happens for a reason.

The most difficult events in our lives can be transformed into a gift. This gift can help us to become fully human, fully ourselves and fully connected with the miracle of life. The artwork I prepared for SMHAF is a collage in which I used fragments of my paintings and verses of my poem.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cancelled: Be, Rise, Move, Dance

Please note that this event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Through breathing, visualisation, and meditative exercises, this interactive dance experience will encourage you to use your feelings and explore how movement feels to create your own improvised dance.

After a year of being away from physical contact, and some may find a lack of confidence in our own bodies. It is important that as lockdown restrictions lift, we take the small steps to go back into the everyday life, but it is crucial that we listen to our bodies and find ways to move with one another again.

During the session, facilitator Marie Williamson will guide the participants through breathing, visualisation, and meditative exercises to encourage participants to use their feelings to create their own movements. Each task will have a physical element and build on the last. These tasks help to find conscious ways to move without thinking about the overall aesthetic of movement. Towards the end of the workshop, she will encourage and guide a full body improvisational dance.

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Unfortunately, this event has been postponed until later this year. Please see Speaking (Aloud) Allowed for more storytelling from CAPS Independent Advocacy. 

This event is led by the Scottish Storytelling Forum, supported and guided by CAPS.

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Children's Rights and the Creative Arts Sector

How can creative arts practitioners that work with children support the implementation of the UNCRC?  Join us to find out!
About this event

This year  Scotland will incorporate children’s human rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law. 

The aim of this event, in partnership with Children’s Parliament and Youth Theatre Arts Scotland,  is to bring together practitioners in children’s human rights and  Creative Arts to consider, at this opportune moment, how we can draw connections between these two important fields of practice and to consider the significance of children’s human rights for the field of Creative Arts. 

The webinar will comprise a short introduction to the event and the Year of Childhood, an input from each of the three panellists, and a facilitated Q&A session with input from the audience. 

We are delighted to be joined by

Virginia Radcliffe, Artistic Director/Chief Executive at Licketyspit

Rebekah Corbett, Community Arts Coordinator at PEEK Project

Helen Mill, Executive Director at The Village Storytelling Centre

The webinar will be facilitated by Dr Susan Elsley, an independent writer and policy analyst on children’s human rights. Susan is Chairperson of Craigmillar Literacy Trust, and previously Chair of Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights). She has been a trustee of Play Scotland, and many other charities.

This webinar will be hosted live on Zoom.

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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.

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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.

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Exhibition by artists from Contact Point, highlighting the importance of people making connections in their communities and how this helps to improve mental wellbeing.

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Conversations For Change

Is mental health a difficult topic for everyday conversation in 2021?

During this evening with Conversations for Change - a public art project about mental health that took place in 2015, in a world quite different to the one we live in now – take part in a shared discussion based on this key question.

You will have the option to be posted a newly launched pack of printed material which celebrates the 2015 project before the event.

Find out more about the project here.

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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.

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Edinburgh Mad Jam Open Mic

Join our friendly wee community online for an evening of entertainment, friendliness and blether.

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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.

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Embodying Nature

Enjoy a creative and relaxing afternoon in the woodland of Balerno! Creativeflow Arts and the Planetary Healing Centre invite you to connect with nature through the creative process.

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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.

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Fantastic Animal “Alebrije” Making

An online workshop to make Alebrijes, fantastical and colorful animals from a Mexican tradition.

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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!

Detailed Programme  




Venue (In Edinburgh Palette)

25th May (Sat)


Exhibition Opening Ceremony

Gallery 2 (Third Floor)

26th May (Sun)


Paint, Skin, Connection Workshop: Relating Without Words

The Drawing Room (Third Floor)


Creative Printing

Gallery 2 (Third Floor)


Interaction Beyond Data: Creative Mindfulness

G5 Education Space (Ground Floor)

29th May (Wed)


Art-Based Experiential Workshop: Different Colours Connect Together

Gallery 2 (Third Floor)


Mind the Screen: Film and Consciousness

G5 Education Space (Ground Floor)

30th May (Thur)


Closing Ceremony

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!

20190515 SMHAF Exhibition Programme Poster

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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. 

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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.

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Find your Centre with Mandala Bean Art and Meditation

Make your mandala with colourful beans and quiet the mind with meditation and creative visualisation. Find your focus and concentration with creativity to flow throughout your new life.

A mandala is a circle that becomes a container to hold your ideas and emotions. In this workshop, you will create your own personal mandala with different beans according to your imagination.

This workshop will take place on Zoom. It will begin with a relaxing meditation with a crystal and incense to quiet the mind and find the right focus and concentration to realise a mandala. As you work, Giada will introduce and explain the history, process and meaning of mandalas in a very easy way, from nature to religion, to art and more, showing incredible pictures of mandalas in the world.

When you are driving your attention to a specific task, you become completely absorbed. This is exactly like meditation: you are concentrated in the actual moment. This opens your doors to relaxation and deeper access to your creative soul.

The gesture of “making” makes you happy and proud, as self-expression can help to let go of negative thoughts and experiences. If you are balanced within yourself, you can bring the right energy to your everyday life, and the concept of “normality” simply becomes the beautiful flow of the different happenings that do not have the power to influence you, when you are centred.

When your work is completed, you will be guided through a creative visualisation to reconnect with your inner centre, and you will be asked to choose three beans and plant them with some cotton and water in front of your window at home and watch them germinate and grow. They will be your new seeds for the next months.

Materials, including beans, a crystal and incense, will be posted by mail to attendees living in Edinburgh. Bookings are accepted until one week prior to the event date to allow for shipment.

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Fitting In?

An installation in Porty Lightbox, a telephone box converted to an art space, in which members of the Gypsy/Traveller community explore the impact of not fitting into mainstream categories of normality or shared experience.

Often vilified and aggressively marginalised, people from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland and across Europe face a constant questioning of their right to their identity and even existence.

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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.

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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.

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Home: A Performative Space

This participatory performance reimagines the digital space, repurposing household objects, and departing on a virtual, guided journey together.

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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


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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.

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Let’s Create

Short, easy to follow, video art tutorials by Erin Colquhoun, for all ages to enjoy.

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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.

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Make Your Wheel of Life with Colours

A Toltec creative ritual to find your inner artist using colours and evaluate your life balance through meditation and a beautiful shamanic healing ceremony.

In this Toltec creative ritual, you will connect with your inner source of creativity by making your Wheel of Life using colours or natural elements according to ancient traditions.

This is the circle of no beginning and no end and it is an artwork. Together, we will take part in a ceremony for harmony and balance, helping you to recommit yourself to living in a peaceful way, connecting your heart with the world inside and outside yourself. The workshop will also include a beautiful creative meditation to ground yourself.

The wheel can be used in difficult situations to give you the direction you need when you feel everything around is constantly changing in an unexpected way, giving you access to your inner wisdom and the world’s key for normality. Realising your wheel can provide healing for your mind and heart.

You will also learn what shamanism is and you will experience the beautiful healing power of rituals to serve your personal transformation. Rituals and ceremonies are tools to invoke blessings through practical actions, but also to feel that your intent is powerful.

You will need:

  • A medium/large sheet of paper
  • Pencils, pens or any other artistic medium you enjoy. As an alternative, you could use five medium pebbles and 30-40 small pebbles, leaves, flowers or pine cones – be creative with whatever inspires you.
  • A notebook and pen
  • Incense (optional)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mind To Move

Julia James-Griffiths will deliver three free online Mind To Move classes, aimed at all levels, and an excerpt sharing of The Box.

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Mindful Making with Clay

Leith Community Pottery host this workshop to give you the opportunity to build a clay vessel to take home and keep.

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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.

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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.

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Nature Stories for Wellbeing

Traditional Scottish stories and wonder tales to connect with nature, nourish wellbeing and fire imagination with Jane Mather.

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Nature to Nurture

Come and view the amazing art installation in our window display. Participants from Costorphine Community Centre have been working collaboratively to make our mark for Mental Health Awareness Week.

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New Light

This online exhibition by The Alma Project looks at the process and artworks produced through our storytelling and illustration project.

It gives a fascinating insight into the methods and processes used to help people shape their own stories and illustrate them and will also include the engaging stories and their illustrations. Some of these are collective stories, others are of people’s own life journeys or purely fictional stories.

The workshop gives you an opportunity to join in with a relaxed storytelling and illustration session on Zoom. Together we will create a story and you will then have the space to write it out and illustrate it, or create your own story and illustration. There will be an opportunity to share your work with other participants. Please bring your own paper, pen, and art materials. For people aged 18+.

Many thanks to the Baring Foundation for funding this project.

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A collection of artworks that show what the new normality is to artist Rachel Burney and others during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Before March 2020, what was ‘normality’ to me? I was working in my studio, painting and making art, travelling the world, and enjoying life to the fullest. ‘Normality’ tells the story of my new understanding of normal.

This series of canvases explores the uncertainty of social distancing restrictions in times of Covid-19, while also visually capturing the physical restrictions imposed on my body through injuries. They encapsulate the meaning of ‘lockdown’ in both societal and extremely personal terms.

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Not Normal: An Expression of the Self

An examination of the self in a series of self-portrait paintings in relation to the concept of Normality? by artist Jamie King. The works have been produced from the perspective of having schizophrenia and experiencing lockdown, between March 2020 and May 2021.

Later in the year these works will be shown in a solo exhibition at Edinburgh Palette, St Margarets House.

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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.

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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.

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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."

Exhibitor 2018

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. 


Further Information

OOSOOM Uncovered

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.


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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.

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Out of Sight Out of Mind: Afternoon Tea

You are cordially invited to an online afternoon tea with exhibitors and organisers of Out of Sight Out of Mind, an annual exhibition of artwork by people with experience of mental health issues.

Planning for the 2021 exhibition is underway. You will hear from people who have exhibited previously and who plan the exhibition. You can find out about taking part, share an idea for an artwork you have, show your artwork, or just enjoy the chat.

Everyone is welcome - including previous and potential exhibitors, people who work with others who might like to take part, as well anyone who has an interest art, mental health, tea and/or cake.

BYOTC (Bring Your Own Tea and Cake).

To find out more, visit the Out of Sight Out of Mind website or follow the exhibition on Facebook.

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Outdoor Art at Porty

Get creative at Portobello beach, joining The Alma Project in drawing using natural materials.

Help to create a large, collective sand pattern, your own sand patterns, sand sculptures, and temporary sculptures using beach finds such as shells, stones, and driftwood.

Sticks for drawing will be provided but you are welcome to your own. You may also like to bring a bucket and spade. Please bring hand sanitiser to use before and after using shared equipment.

Please note, this event will take place according to Covid-19 restrictions. Up-to-date information will be published on this page.

Find out more about The Alma Project on their website or follow them on Facebook.

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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.

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Postcards for Normality

This is a collaboration of families and residents on what normality looks like for them.

These postcards will be featured on a weekly newsletter and in person within HMP Addiewell. The exhibition will not be open to the public, but a selection will be made available online during the festival. 

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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.

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Real Talk: Storytelling for Wellbeing

Join us for our very first online Real Talk evening! We host mental health storytelling nights that see real people share real stories inspired by their lived experiences.

Come along for a powerful evening to explore one of our most beautiful assets, our minds. Expect 5-7 stories from our storytellers, followed by breakout rooms for discussion and time for a Q&A at the end. This is a very special Real Talk as it features all past speakers!

Our lovely community is coming together to make a podcast, so the stories will be audio recorded on the night and will form the basis for podcast, coming soon.

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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.

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Rewilding Me

I adorn myself almost daily. A ritual of sorts: of touch, reflection, healing, meditation. Representative of moments, nature, connections that I carry through these times, portraying them onto my body. A maternal instinct of sorts. They recede into me.

An ode to the world still out there, it’s wee wonders which we are an integral part of.

It’s all there if we only take the time to look: insects, birds, hardy weeds keekin’ out the cracks in a wall, blethers, the kindness of strangers. This all surrounds us in a time when we are faced with our own mortality and we are being pushed to our limits, as is our environment.

While the world stopped and the upset and de-stabilising of the pandemic continued to unfold, painting onto myself gave me focus and comfort. I adorn myself for a number of consecutive days, a skin collection of sorts, gently laid upon myself to carry and wear. It has become my new normal and I welcome this practice.

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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.

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Sketch & Wander (From Your Sofa)

A unique online sketching experience where we bring the outdoors inside.

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Sketch & Wander for Wellbeing

Sketching in nature is an active meditation, it calms an anxious mind.

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Speaking (Aloud) Allowed

An online storytelling event hosted by CAPS Independent Advocacy.

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Streaming: Collective Conversations

An online performative exhibition taking place as a developing webpage, open for all to access, follow, view and comment.

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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.

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The Emotional Mix of 'Normality?'

A creative workshop led by the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution to explore the emotional mix of 'Normality?'.

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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.

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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.

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Vitality is Normality

An online fire community gathering to create a common place where all can belong. We shall connect with the element of fire as a life-giving energy that animates the spirit and heart.

As we face the most socially disconnected times in our collective and personal histories, it is vital to create a space that builds a sense of community. When we share, we find a common ground and sense of belonging that we can all be part of.

Led by a Firekeeper, this event provides a social space to share your stories and what is in your heart to express, release and renew those parts in you that need to feel heard and seen. This event will be held as a safe container, where we will be a witness to each other as we move through these very challenging and ever-changing times. All you need is a candle and the spark in your heart!

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Why So Serious?

Join this workshop to do a self-portrait with a twist, as we close our eyes and allow our sense of touch to "draw" what we feel. 

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An inspiring and colourful exhibition of paintings, textile collages and textile panels by members of The Alma Project.

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Φuipu Recollections

A participatory activity to help people reflect and record some of their life experiences, creating knotted yarn and voice recordings.

Quipu is an ancient method of recording stories used by the Inka, consisting of coloured threads knotted in different ways.

Sophie, Sharon and Barbara are a group of artists exploring narratives of identity through soundscape, performance and installation. They create immersive, safe spaces for storytelling, finding new, innovative ways to navigate memory and support wellbeing.

Participants will be posted packs and provided with instructional videos to enable you to explore stories of your life using quipu yarns and your voice. These will be combined in an installation incorporating the yarns and a spoken word soundscape, exhibited in Edinburgh during October 2021 to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

Participants from all walks of life are invited to take part in the Quipu Recollections project and be part of the story. Help it grow.


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