The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival presents a collaborative exhibition of artworks by individual artists and groups engaged in the arts and mental health from across Scotland. The exhibition will be available to view throughout the festival and more work will be added. It features a diverse collection of visual artworks, poetry, photography and video.
Enjoy the exhibition and you can explore the full SMHAF 2021 programme here. When you have finished viewing, please complete our short evaluation form. The evaluation will help us to improve the festival in future and better understand our audiences.
Click on the images below to view all the artworks by each artist or group.
ALIEN SHIELDED NATION
Introducing - My rather odd and slightly terrifying creation (lovingly nicknamed “Annabelle”!!).
Annabelle questions what ‘normality’ is for the differently abled.
Sculpture 43cm high, base 64cmx64cmx64cm. Lovingly grown from: rescued gears, bolts, ironwork, scavenged wires, feathers, body piercings, foraged styrofoam, papier-maché, clay, picture frame and re-used disposable face mask.
Perceptions of vulnerability severely affect disabled people’s confidence and self-image. Magnified throughout the COVID 19 Pandemic and lockdowns, branding, segregating the afflicted groups the vulnerable, needing “shielding”
Essentially good intentions have, however, left ALL, especially the "vulnerable" feeling judged (by the media), isolated, lost even!!
Isolation is sooo painful when you are wearing a PPE mask.
How to communicate? the only fully functionning part of my isolated self is covered up by that damn disposable mask.
I can’t breathe, I can’t speak, I can’t be heard. Can you see me? Do I even exist? My way of coping with this has always been "fuck it! Own it
Agnieszka Narloch: We Will Celebrate Each of the Scars
AIMS Advocacy: Sounding Something Out
All, Entire, Whole
The Alma Project: New Light
Angus Creative Minds: Reconnected | Normality?
At Birkhill House: My Frame of Mind
Bazooka Arts: Routes Back to Normality
CL Gamble: Between the Lines
Contact Point, Edinburgh
Conversations For Change
The Easy Club
Erin Colquhoun: Let's Create
Fool On: Stories of Recovery
Healing the Loss
Inclusive Images: Changing Focus and Lockdown Through the Lens
Jamie King: Not Normal: An Expression of the Self
Leverndale Hospital: Collective Creativity
Lindsay Oliver: Lost and Found: Illustrated Poems of Freedom and Renewal
Lynn Fraser: Rewilding Me
NAWRC: Turning the Tide
Paul Henry: Affective Paintings
Project Ability: The Nature of Ideas
Rachel Louise Burney: Normality?
Work Connect, Levengrove: Picture Normality
We Will Celebrate Each of the Scars
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Nana
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Me
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Great Great Great Grandma
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Great Grandma
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Grandma
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Dad