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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BE-LONGING

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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CLAY THERAPY

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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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

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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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.

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DISCONNECTED

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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ELECTROLYTE

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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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.

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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!

Detailed Programme  

Date

Time

Programmes

Venue (In Edinburgh Palette)

25th May (Sat)

11am-12am

Exhibition Opening Ceremony

Gallery 2 (Third Floor)

26th May (Sun)

1030am-12am

Paint, Skin, Connection Workshop: Relating Without Words

The Drawing Room (Third Floor)

11am-12am

Creative Printing

Gallery 2 (Third Floor)

7pm-8pm

Interaction Beyond Data: Creative Mindfulness

G5 Education Space (Ground Floor)

29th May (Wed)

230pm-330pm

Art-Based Experiential Workshop: Different Colours Connect Together

Gallery 2 (Third Floor)

4pm-5pm

Mind the Screen: Film and Consciousness

G5 Education Space (Ground Floor)

30th May (Thur)

4pm

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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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MAKING CONNECTIONS

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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OUR TOMORROW

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: 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.

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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.

postcard poems Storytelling

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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WOVEN PATHS

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

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