The Mental Health Foundation is seeking an experienced freelance participatory artist or arts organisation to design and facilitate a series of eight workshops to engage community groups in our Reclaiming Our Heritage project.

Reclaiming Our Heritage

Reclaiming Our Heritage is a project led by the Mental Health Foundation to record and preserve the oral testimony of those involved in the mental health and arts in Scotland from the 1960s to mid-2000s. Its aim is to increase the understanding of mental health heritage in Scotland and highlight the impact that arts and culture has had in the mental health social movement.

Oral history interviews were carried out by trained volunteers with lived experience between 2019 and 2021 and gathered in a digital archive accessible to the public. This can be used and shared to educate and inspire others about mental health heritage. View the archive here.

The next stage of the project will involve a series of public engagements, aimed at making the contents of the archive more accessible to all, including people with lived experience of mental ill health.

Reclaiming Our Heritage is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Community Arts Workshop Brief

The facilitator will be asked to develop and deliver workshops that introduce participants to the idea of heritage and the oral history archive and include an activity that will generate artistic or creative responses to the stories it contains.

The fee for this project is £4,000. This fee is inclusive of time for all preparation and delivery of eight standalone workshops with participants from community organisations across Scotland. Costs for art materials, travel to workshops, and other expenses will be covered separately within an agreed budget. It is anticipated that the workshops will be delivered between November 2021 and January 2022.

Ideally, we are seeking a facilitator who is:

  • Experienced in delivering arts workshops to people with lived experience of mental ill health, and/or marginalised communities.
  • Interested in heritage and mental health.
  • Prepared to work with the team at the Mental Health Foundation to ensure the workshops meet the aims of the Reclaiming Our Heritage project.

To express your interest in this opportunity, please send your CV, examples of previous work, and a covering letter, including a workshop outline and estimated materials costs, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include RECLAIMING OUR HERITAGE – WORKSHOPS in the subject line. The deadline is 5pm on Monday 11th October. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an informal interview to discuss their proposals.

Please consider the following when developing proposals:

  • Participants in the workshops should learn about the heritage of the arts and mental health in Scotland.
  • Participants should have the opportunity during the workshop to listen to and engage with audio recordings from the Reclaiming Our Heritage archive.
  • Participants should develop creative work that can be shared publicly in the online archive and/or at a project legacy event.
  • Creative activities can involve any artform(s) but must be suitable for people of all abilities.
  • Workshops should be designed so that they can take place in any setting and delivered anywhere in Scotland.
  • Workshops should be accessible to all, with adaptations made to meet accessibility requirements where necessary.
  • It should be possible to modify workshops for an online setting in case some or all workshops cannot take place in person. Materials may be posted to participants in advance of online workshops.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange an informal chat ahead of making an application, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also welcome enquiries from community organisations who may be interested in engaging with the workshops as participants.

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