A Day in the Life - creative workshop

Join STAR Project for a creative workshop that will explore the theme of ‘Normality?’. Get crafty and create a personalised mood board that captures your unique experience of the past year. This workshop will reflect on the different ways of coping with change and will explore how we move forward to find a sense of ‘normal’.


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Everyone’s Normal, Until You Get to Know Them

This primary school poetry competition will focus on P1-7 pupils’ understanding of ‘normality’. Poems will be produced as a booklet and showcased at an online reading and awards event.

MADE4UINML2 will work in partnership with local primary schools to allow children across the ML2 area to think about their experiences of normality and submit a poem around the topic. Submissions should be sent by email by Tue 11 May.

Poems will be showcased in a booklet and on social media, including the MADE4UINML2 Facebook page.

Awards will be presented in various categories, including most thoughtful poem and most creative poem, during an online premiere on Facebook Live, which will also feature readings of the poems.

Please email to enquire about the submission process or to submit work.

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Flowers Grow and Go

“Normality is a paved road, it’s comfortable to walk on but no flowers grow on it.”

- Vincent Van Gogh

Inspired by this quote, pots planted by volunteers with flowers and messages will be displayed on the pavement and given away to passers-by.

Volunteers from the Forgewood and Gowkthrapple communities will write the messages and plant bedding plants in pots to create a visual display of colour before giving them away.

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Fool On: Stories of Recovery

Fool On share their members’ stories about using the performing arts to support their recovery, showcasing a diverse range of talents.

Watch the video online on the SMHAF 2021 exhibtion page.

Find out more about Fool On at their website or by emailing [email protected].


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Inspiring Positivity Adventure Day

Join us for a fun art and drama adventure day when we will be taking our experiences of lockdown and using them as our inspiration to create unique artwork and drama.

Getting involved with the arts can have powerful and lasting positive effects on mental health. With Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns taking a heavy toll on our young people this will be a fun and creative day where children and young people can get a taste of art and drama workshops, using their lockdown experiences to create unique art and drama.

The workshops will be led by young professionals from the art and theatre industry who are also tutors at Make and Create Arts. The focus of the day will be to use a different and fun way to express and talk about our emotions.

In the morning, the art workshop will give everyone the opportunity to create a unique piece of artwork to take home. And in the afternoon, the drama workshop will allow everyone to learn how to use their own experiences and work together to create a unique piece of theatre.

All materials will be provided, so just bring a packed lunch!

This event may change due to Covid-19 restrictions: If we are unable to meet face to face, the adventure day will take place online. Please check here for information closer to the date.

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Normality Through the Ages

Please note, the date for this event has changed to Wed 19 May,

An intergenerational project, gathering and showcasing memories through the decades, highlighting the changing shape of normality as people see and understand it.

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Route 21

Route 21 is a journey through time, places, memories and the imagination.

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Routes Back to Normality

A series of workshops, exhibitions and films sharing the aspects of everyday life essential in maintaining a sense of normality amidst uncertainty.

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SMHAF in Lanarkshire

Arts projects in Lanarkshire schools are being used to raise awareness of mental health issues and challenge stigmatising attitudes.

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Soundminds goes online to bring you live music, discussions and videos across an interactive multi-hour event.

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St Bell's Hospital Drama

St Bell’s hospital drama is the latest new play to be created by Theatre Tonic for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.  With their usual mix of comedy and drama they’ll have you in stitches one minute and on the edge of your seat with your pulse racing the next.   Come along and watch the mayhem as the overworked staff of the small cottage hospital struggle to cope with crazy budget cuts, next to no sleep and a haunted hospital .  The play has been created by therapeutic theatre group - Theatre Tonic East Kilbride with Bazooka Arts – both organisations are dedicated to promoting the therapeutic  benefits of making and watching theatre.

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Still Life: Art Inspired by Nature

This online event hosted by Greening Camglen will use a variety of online mediums to capture local people’s experiences of normality and greenspace during the past year.

Participants will use a variety of materials and techniques to create works of art, including photography, materials from around the home, quotations, poetry, voice recordings and bird song.

During the festival, Healthy n Happy will host a Zoom session to give people the opportunity to discuss creating their artworks and their experiences of normality and using greenspace over the past year. There will also be a session on Fri 21 May on Camglen Radio to promote the sounds of nature.

You can already get involved by joining in with Positive Steps Eco Walks and taking photographs in nature, available for booking at the Healthy n Happy website.

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The Four Seasons of COVID: Life’s Triumph

Overwhelmed by the invisible tsunami of Covid-19, our time is eaten up as we worry and wish for a return to normal life. Martin Stepek will share how he finds calm, even in times of crisis, by noticing the beauty around him.

Whatever situation we find ourselves in, life is still precious and beauty can be found anywhere by being mindful and paying attention.

In The Four Seasons of COVID: Life’s Triumph, Martin Stepek, one of Scotland’s most respected teachers of mindfulness, poet and published author, explores each of the seasons in turn and shares the beauty he sees in nature, poetry and literature which helps him find peace of mind.

Martin’s mindful journey through each of the four seasons which have passed under the cloud of COVID, will show you how to notice the beauty available in life, even in times of crisis, for your wellbeing now and in the future. Martin will uplift and inspire you as he guides you towards the calm he enjoys in his own life.

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The Journey

The Journey is an online workshop to experience the uplifting, therapeutic benefits of drama and creative writing.

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Tips and Tricks for Normality

A positivity explosion in the ML2 area, presenting views and quotes from people young and old about how to keep well, balanced and mentally healthy. These will be displayed on local walking routes, and as an art piece at MADE4UINML2.

Community power and creativity is required from people of all ages – whether you live in the ML2 area or beyond – to craft the display. Designed to spark interest and conversation, the walks and the display will be available as a self-directed activity.

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What is Normal?

In this online event, young people will showcase a video focusing on the theme of normality and express their own views on how taking part in Living Life to the Full in Airdrie has impacted their own mental health and wellbeing.

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