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.
Seeds of Kindness
Seeds of kindness scatter in the winds
Where will they land, where will they settle
Mother earth cries out to know kindness once more
She remembers a time when she knew no pain
When her lush vegetation was satisfied and overflowing
When the threat of destruction was unknown
Her waters ebbed and flowed and explored
In gentle discovery, they found their place.
Deserts, dry and arid, were once not so
They too knew an abundant covering of life
And long for kindness to clothe them once more.
Rise up from the dead
Spread out across Mother Earth
She longs to breathe the fresh air of all her yesterdays
Before pollution raises its ugly head
In rebellious destruction
To lay waste, to Creators’ gift of life.
In every corner of the world
There is a need for seeds of kindness
To be planted
To overcome the weeds of human folly,
that grow and choke
With deaths’ agenda
Mother Earth needs to heal.
Call of the Wild
Embrace your wild side With Gusto,
Let go of all your inhibitions
And be free.
Be the wolf that runs with the night
Be the tiger that prowls by your side
Be the captain of the high seas
A mad hatter with guests for tea
Take to the stage to dance or sing
Show off your talents, it’s time to bring
Yourself out of darkest obscurity.
You were born to be wild To let go of the fear inside
Get out of the cage that holds you back
The door is open, it’s time to go, to soar
To be who you’ve always been, no restrictions.
Not swayed by others’ opinions of you
That was all your yesterdays
And today is the day of new beginnings The Call of the Wild is calling you.
Long live freedom from oppression of all degrees
Long live the rescued lives set free
Long live the mothers and fathers that cherish their children
And show them unconditional love
And show them how to love others.
Long live fairness, honesty and truth
Long live new life and the hope it brings
In the midst of trouble
Long live the end of covid
and stepping out of our bubble.
Long live the birds of the air that sing
The fish of the sea
All creatures great and small
Long live the overcomers
Who learn to stand tall.
Long live you and I
On our journey through life
It might not be easy
But thank God we are alive.
Long live imagination
Fun times and laughter
Long live all the blessed times
That follow after.
Long live the gifts of writing and art
Long live the cinemas, theatre and dance
Long live every second chance.
Long live forgiveness
Redemption and Healing
Long live trust in our Creator
The Alma Project
Every week I look forward to Alma
To our safe space
To awakening creativity and bringing it to life, in
meaningful words, written down and shared.
I look forward to being with each other, knowing
we are accepted for who we are, cared for in
Sharing laughs, songs and positive affirmations
go a long way to keep us strong.
Everybody is unique and has something good to share.
I feel grateful that Alma exists and for Margaret, Evelyn,
Elisa and Abigail caring so much for us and giving us this
Space to learn more, gain confidence and shine.
Alma is my lifeline in the midst of this crazy world
and all it throws at us.
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