In the lead up to the 2013 Festival,we launched an open call out for creative people to design the cover artwork for the brochure. The brief was simple: what does reality look like to you? We had an overwhelming range of responses from artists, graphic designers and photographers across Scotland.

The winning entry on the left came from Deirdre Macleod.

‘During a micro-residency at the Division of Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, I observed the out-patient clinics at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, listening to the experiences of people with a range of mental health conditions. These painting are an attempt to represent, in their non-figurative form, the character and vitality of the people that I met at the clinic, their experience of their illness, the challenges that they face, and the reality of their lives.’