Edinburgh & Lothian

5 WAYS TO BEGIN

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, giving audiences an insight into performances that may appear at future SMHAF events.

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A SENSE OF BELONGING: A SYRIAN KURDISH & SYRIAN FESTIVAL

A two-day festival celebrating Syrian Kurdish and Syrian art and culture.

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BEGINNINGS: WRITING AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP WITH DEANNA RODGER

An opportunity for 16-25 year olds to develop their writing and performance skills with Deanna Rodger, an internationally acclaimed spoken word poet.

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DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

Explore how literature can contribute to recovery and understanding of mental health. There will be a variety of speakers and discussion prompted by quotations from well-known books.

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FISK

Fisk is a story of a man and a fish, and the unexpected impact they have upon one another.

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FLINT & PITCH: BEGINNINGS

A special showcase event on the theme of Beginnings, featuring a range of spoken word, music and theatre acts including author and campaigner Catherine Simpson and poet Deanna Rodger. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay. 

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FLOCKING INSTINCT 3

Join artist Gordon Ackerman in constructing a 3D network of spheres.

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HERE & NOW: IN MY SPACE

Join us to celebrate the publication of a book created by the OxPen Writing Group. Members will read extracts from their book alongside an exhibition of photographs that have been created specifically for this event.

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HI, HOW ARE YOU?

An emotive photographic exhibition featuring work from Broughton High School pupils, as they respond to mental health issues young people face today.

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HORIZONS AND BORDERS

A mixed media exhibition inspired by the theme of Beginnings. The work on display has been created by a small group of artists working creatively at Tollcross Community Centre.

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IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS DISCO

A night of disco, featuring everything from classic disco, 80s pop, Hi-NRG to the present day, giving people within the mental health community a safe place to dance and a fun night out. Open to all and LGBTQI inclusive.

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IN THE BEGINNING: CAFÉ

Drop in café with free tea, coffee and biscuits. Each café will focus on music, poetry or photography created by service users, volunteers and staff who access NHS Lothian's Department of Spiritual Care's Community Mental Health provision.

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IN THE BEGINNING: REFLECTIVE WORSHIP SERVICE

A reflective worship service focusing on the importance of giving time to activities and spiritual practices that help support good mental health and wellbeing. This will be an open and inclusive event and will welcome people of all faiths and none.

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IN THE BEGINNING: WINDOW DISPLAY

Three individually themed painted glass door panels displayed in front of Augustine United Church. The panels were created by service users, volunteers and staff who access NHS Lothian's Department of Spiritual Care's Community Mental Health provision.

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INSPIRING LIFE

An opportunity to visit our Depressed Cake Shop café and participate in workshops supporting mental health and wellbeing.

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IT’S OUR PARTY

It’s our party and everyone is invited! Bring a friend, dress up in your birthday best and let’s celebrate Year of Young People 2018 with a parade through Jupiter Artland. Join us for our 10th birthday with puppets and a good old fashioned party.

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J'AI UNE AME SOLITAIRE

An exhibition of small photographs by Mark Gould examining social isolation and depression.

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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

The Mad Jammers invite you to enjoy their latest show, with music, spoken word and general creativity. All in a safe space with a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic audience.

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MARBLES #3 LAUNCH PARTY

To launch Marbles #3, this series of free film screenings depicts different experiences of mental health in movies, each followed by a panel discussion. Organised and hosted by Dear Diary and Marbles Magazine, the indie publication exploring, dissecting and exploding mental health stigma.

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MIND TO MOVE

Scottish choreographer Julia James-Griffiths hosts movement workshops for those with experience of mental health issues. No dance experience necessary.

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NORTH EDINBURGH PORTRAITS

What makes a thriving community alongside bricks and mortar? With 700 new homes being built around our venue, North Edinburgh Theatre project explores the histories of those who moved to Muirhouse in the 1950s, creating a set of photographic portraits of characters they developed for the stage.

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ONCE UPON A TIME

Veterans First Point, Lothian present an exhibition created by veterans and their families, depicting personal interpretations of this year’s theme Beginnings.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Out of Sight, Out of Mind opens on World Mental Health Day, 10 October, with almost 400 artworks exploring mental health showcased in the largest exhibition of its kind in Scotland.

This diverse and ambitious multimedia exhibition is created by hundreds of artists with experience of mental health issues. It is an inclusive and accessible platform for people who want to use the arts to have their often-unheard voices heard. Powerful and stunning, the artwork aims to generate a response, whilst challenging misconceptions surrounding mental health. The motivations of the 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.

Now in its sixth 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, and also supported by NHS Lothian’s Sense of Belonging Arts Programme. This year the exhibition will consist of almost 400 artworks, and fill more than an entire floor of the extensive gallery spaces at Summerhall in Edinburgh.

Out of Sight Out of Mind came into existence in 2013 as a collaborative project between CAPS Independent Advocacy, The Alma Project, MECOPP Gypsy/Traveller Carer’s Project, Penumbra, LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Bipolar Scotland and several individual artists.

On two Wednesday afternoon’s throughout the exhibition, OOSOOM Uncovered will offer a relaxed space for artists to talk to people about their work, with different artists speaking each week. OOSOOM Uncovered will take place on Wednesday 17, and 24 October, from 2-4pm. 

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OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND: AFTERNOON TEA

An informal talk and afternoon tea with artists and organisers of Out of Sight, Out of Mind, an annual exhibition of artworks by people who have experienced mental health issues. Find out about taking part this October 2018. All welcome.


Call for Artworks: Out of Sight, Out of Mind 2018

If you have experienced mental health issues you are invited to submit artworks for an exhibition at Summerhall in Edinburgh during October 2018.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind is part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF). Last year, over 200 people took part and exhibited paintings, drawings, films, projections, animations, sculptures, photography and installations, as well as taking part in artist talks and holding workshops.

You can submit artwork as an individual or as a group. Individuals can submit up to 4 works in any media. You are welcome to respond to this year’s SMHAF theme, Beginnings, but this is not a requirement at all.

How to apply:

Please get in touch to request the short submission form which needs to be returned to us by Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Get in touch:

If you would like to speak to us about your or your group’s idea or artwork before submitting, have any questions, or would like a submission form, please email [email protected] or leave a message for Pam at 0131 273 5116.

We look forward to receiving your submission.

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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 individual experiences of the speakers.

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REBLOOM

Contact Point showcases the work of artists with lived experience, demonstrating the positive impact of art on mental health. Join us for an exhibition of new work and performances, visit stalls selling original pieces and take part in our creative workshop.

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SPECKY AL'S SPECTACULAR

Join Specky Al for an evening of spectacular entertainment. Original music, poetry and stories performed by local artists in celebration of creativity and mental health at Edinburgh's famous Banshee Labyrinth. All welcome.

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STARTING POINT

Members of The Alma Project exhibit a stimulating range of canvas-based artworks and textile hangings exploring the theme of Beginnings.

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STEPPING OUT FROM THE SHADOWS

This photography and mixed media exhibition aims to identify and break down the labels which can be attached to young people. The metaphor of shadows is central to the project and can be seen work the young people have produced.

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THE BEGINNING OF THE END HAS ALREADY STARTED

A new form of poetry display. 14 x A4 sheets of original works by Dougie Soutar hanging on the walls of a quiet meditation space in the basement of an authentic city café.

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THE BOX

Scottish choreographer Julia James-Griffiths will premiere her new work The Box, a contemporary dance theatre piece that explores the impact depression can have on an individual and how society responds to it, in a way that aims to be innovative, creative, yet accessible.

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THE WORLD THROUGH OUR EYES

An exhibition of photographs created by women who participated in a project for International Women's Day earlier this year. The work captures elements that resonate with their lives and the spaces they inhabit.

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THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS: Parents with Babes-in-Arms

How can we nurture our collective sanity? Bouncing on a pilates ball in the Land of Lounge Room, a recovering mum is desperate to soothe her baby.

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WOMEN WRITING FOR CHANGE

A writing workshop for women with lived experience of mental health issues. No writing experience necessary! Write to change minds, express yourself or your group’s opinion. Engage the people you are addressing using humour, empathy, stats, facts and images.

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