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.
A figure created with interesting and experimental mark making. Pen and pencil, and paper.
The new fight,
We carry ourselves through darkness,
Before shining a huge, bright light,
It ignites, radiates and pierces through the shadow,
The warmth of it slowly surrounds us,
It reassures us in our heart and our mind,
That we are not alone.
The rays’ shimmer as they beam down,
Like fluorescent pixie dust,
The darkness seems to have run away,
Afraid of the power of the magnificent light,
The light we hold guides us,
It shows us the way forward,
We are not lost anymore.
Glowing in the middle of the once great abyss,
We set off each lantern we come across on our way,
Making a path of light for others to follow later on,
Details and colours fill in what was plain and bare before,
Up ahead we can see our destination,
And know it won’t be long before we get there.
Gradually we are making progress,
And as our insides begin to soar,
We feel so alive in this moment,
On our amazing adventure,
That we let out an ecstatic roar!
The new fight,
We are winning,
So, let’s get it right!
We are in the middle of our journey,
But when all is said and done,
We will leave behind a legacy,
That long shall live on.
by Tom C.
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