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.
Diving in a whirlpool ocean of distractions
Losing oneself like a child snorkeling under the sunshine
in a turquoise blue, coral, fish field warm sea,
Never wanting it to end.
Looking for hidden treasures like words in a story,
leading you from one experience to the next.
Exciting to find new streams leading further on,
Losing yourself, like a walk in a windy park
surrounded by long, dark trees.
Wind caressing, warming summer breeze,
like children climbing a spider rope like climbing frame,
totally forgetting all of todays’ troubles,
laughing and giggling childishly
Ah, but wait, what is wrong !
The sky instantly becomes dark,
and the sunshine that makes the sweet faces smile
And the gentle breeze becomes a harsh force instead,
spoiling everything, like someone being interrupted
with a doorbell halfway through a book.
The rain trickles down the window,
serious, sentimental faces stare out the window,
thinking and hoping that soon it will pass away.
Image: Acrylics on canvas.
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