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.
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On the last day of the 100 Days Project, I felt victorious. I wanted to draw a picture of my left hand with two fingers raised in a victory salute. Unfortunately, I am unable to sustain this pose long enough even to take a photo. I was able to take a photo of my right hand giving a victory salute, so I drew that instead. I used an iPad and an Apple Pencil to make the drawing. I then reversed the image to give the impression that it is my left hand. I wrote the poem ‘Salute’ specifically to go with the drawing. It is about the experience of drawing my left hand with my right hand for the first time. Even though it is the fifth time I drew my own hand with my right hand and even though it is a drawing of my right hand I feel the poem pairs well with it because both express the sense of triumph I felt at my right hand succeeding at drawing my left hand. The poem is my first attempt at writing a sijo, a short Korean poem of 3 lines, with each line broken into four phrases, with a twist in the second half of the last line. I’m not sure I got the twist in there. I used the Procreate app on an iPad with an Apple Pencil to make this.
My left hand, too weak to draw, sits unused, no task to do
My right hand, untutored, hesitant, picks up a pen
At sixty, for the first time, draws my left-hand, victorious
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