Out of Sight Out of Mind

Visual Arts

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.



1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL


Thu 10th Oct
6:30PM - 8:30PM


Fri 11th Oct - Sun 03rd Nov
WED - SUN, 11AM - 6PM

OOSOOM: Uncovered

Wed 23rd Oct
2PM - 4PM

ELEVEN + Q&A with Philippa Clark

Sat 26th Oct
12:30PM - 1:30PM

TRACE + Q&A with Abi Pirani

Wed 30th Oct
2:30PM - 3:30PM

Body Painting with Lynn Fraser

Sat 2nd Nov
10:30AM - 12PM


Info: [email protected]