The 2017 festival explores the theme of Reclaim, with over 300 events taking place across Scotland from 10–29 October.
Next On: Thu 28th Sep
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
Edinburgh & Lothian
Now in its fifth year, Out of Sight, Out of Mind is a collaborative exhibition of over 100 artworks in various media, created by people who are using the arts to express themselves in relation to their experiences of mental health issues.
Exhibited work is produced by both groups and individual artists with a range of motivations, including personal expression, development of artistic practice, experiencing the therapeutic benefits of working in a group or solo, formal art therapy and political activism.
Some artists make work for the exhibition each year, and some bring their artworks in response to an open call for submissions. Expect to see installations, paintings, films, photography, drawings, sculpture and much more.
Most of the work will be installed within the expansive gallery spaces at Summerhall, as well as other venues around Edinburgh.
Works reflecting experiences of isolation and marginalisation by young people with a diagnosis of mental ill health. By Positive Steps for Young People.
No Less a Traveller
Work from individual artists will be displayed alongside patchwork wall art created by community members of MECOPP’s Gypsy/Traveller Project.
Art Builds Bridges
Inspired by constructivism, members of the TollX Art Group have worked collaboratively to create a body of art that expresses how important learning and art is to their everyday lives.
Using individuals’ own experiences, these works by Contact Point Art Group show how art and creativity can have a positive impact on mental health, helping to break the stigma.
PENUMBRA’s Edinburgh Self Harm Project and the Crisis Centre present a show of work exploring the theme of Reclaim, using art to express difficult emotions in positive ways.
Space to Be: Drop-In History Project
Service users, volunteers and staff have created a thought-provoking collage of stories, artworks and photographs that chart and reclaim the history of NHS Lothian’s Spiritual Care Community Mental Health service.
Student Mental Wellbeing Poster Campaign
Posters developed by digital media students at Edinburgh Napier University, highlighting struggles faced by the student population with regard to mental wellbeing.
No Head Clutching Please
Visual representations of mental wellbeing, mental health and recovery, avoiding clichéd depictions like the head clutching image. By Creative Industries students at Edinburgh Napier University.
Stories of Changing Lives 3
Artwork, writing, film, photography and testimonies from people who have experience longer stays at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. By the Patients Council in partnership with CAPS, Outlook, and Chiaroscuro, funded by NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing Team.
Exhibitions across Edinburgh
The Stafford Centre Exhibition
Ranging from painting to craftwork, these artworks were created by members developing their own arts practice at The Creative Group’s open studio.
Bury me amid nature's beauty and I will reclaim a sense of self. Photography by Denise McNulty will be installed within this patients and community garden.
Stimulating canvas-based artworks in a variety of media by members of The Alma Project, exploring the theme of Reclaim.
Central Library Exhibition
This space will show an exhibition of work selected from the open call for submissions.
Space to Be: Reclaim
Three painted glass door panels, created by service users, volunteers and staff who access NHS Lothian’s Spiritual Care Community Mental Health service.
Break Every Chain: Breaking Chains Through Art
Paintings by Margaret Ramsay, whose art has helped in her healing process, breaking chains in her own life and in others who see her work.
A darkly comic political cabaret for our times by theatre-maker Julia Taudevin, partly inspired by the 2016 US election and the 2017 global women’s marches, and written in dialogue with over 100 people.
Join us for our annual awards ceremony at the CCA, as we honour the very best submissions to our International Film Competition. It’s your chance to get a first look at the award-winning titles that will be screening throughout the weekend and join us in welcoming talented filmmakers from across the world.
“I said I’d never make a show about having cancer. This is a show about having cancer. Two years ago, aged 30, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. This is part of the story, but It’s Not Over Yet.”
Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, Carla Simón’s compassionate semi-autobiographical debut has an extraordinary performance at its heart. Following the death of her parents from an AIDS-related illness, six-year-old Frida faces her first summer with her new adoptive family in the picturesque Catalan countryside. Deftly exploring the legacy of trauma, the film is a beautifully shot and powerful testament to acceptance, independence and love.
Hollywood legend Cary Grant was troubled for most of his life by self-doubt and insecurity, seemingly due to childhood trauma. Using words from his unpublished autobiography and newly-discovered personal footage, this documentary explores Grant’s life, from childhood poverty to global fame, and the long course of LSD treatment that he felthelped him reconcile himself with his own identity.
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 across multiple disciplines, giving audiences an insight into new performers who may appear at future events. Hosted by Associate Artist Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel), the evening will be an informal sharing of theatre, music, spoken word and performance from a broad range of artists.
Haunted by a tragic loss from his past and struggling to maintain a grip on his feelings, a British man living in Canada strikes up a relationship with a woman with bipolar disorder. She helps to lift him out of his destructive lifestyle but their turbulent emotions leave them both struggling to cope. A raw and atmospheric debut feature.