The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is to commission two artists, from different areas in Scotland, to work with their local community on a participatory arts project on the theme of mental health, between Summer 2021 and Spring 2022.

The completed work will be showcased in May 2022 as part of next year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

The fee for each commission is £4000 inclusive of all project costs.

We will consider applications across all art forms, and from organisations as well as individual artists. All proposals should meet the following criteria:

  • It should engage a marginalised community.
  • It should in some way draw on, and address, lived experience of mental health.
  • It should build a relationship with participants throughout the year.
  • It should be innovative and original enough to capture the imagination of people outside of the community involved in the project.
  • It should have a meaningful legacy for participants and audiences.
  • Ideally it should take place in a part of Scotland where SMHAF does not already have a significant presence.
  • It must be adaptable to various Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

SMHAF will support the Community Commissions with in kind administrative, marketing and mentoring support.

To apply, please send a proposal, including a timeline and a breakdown of costs, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than midnight on Friday 18 June, with COMMUNITY COMMISSIONS in the subject line. We will accept recorded proposals as well as written ones. Written proposals should be no more than 1000 words. Please also include a CV and links to previous work where relevant.

Shortlisted proposals will be invited to an interview at the end of June, with the final decisions being made immediately after that.

SMHAF’s Community Commissions are supported by the Baring Foundation.