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.
This image combines a drawing I did for #Inktober 2020, with a poem I wrote recently, inspired by the drawing and as part of National Poetry Writing Month. I drew the picture to the prompt ‘throw’ which derives from Old English ‘thrawn’, to twist, turn, which led me to spinning wheels, which led to Habetrot a Celtic goddess or fairy crone who was a spinner. I decided to have her create the moon by throwing it into the sky. The poem is based on the napowrimo.net prompt to write a poem in the shape of another poem, using the same number of lines, same first letter for each line, and the same number of syllables in each line. I started with Pennsylvania by Natalie Shapiro. The piece was completed on an iPad with an Apple Pencil using the app Procreate.
other girls dreamed of princesses
when I told them I’d rather be a witch
I was ostracised
in crowds, I conformed, alone
witches were my passion and my play
curses left my lips, muttered, unheard
I learned to keep my dreams at bay, yet
truth whispered in the night is
truth despite its denial
only truth cannot easily remain
buried beneath, it waits
and emerges, unannounced, no longer
playful, unprepared to conform
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