The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

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This year at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, we are inviting you to Reclaim. Reclaim your identity. Reclaim your creativity. Reclaim your sense of community. Reclaim language. Reclaim your mental health.

Reclaim has always been at the heart of everything we do. Over the years, the festival has provided a platform for people with experience of mental ill health to claim a place in the arts, whether as performers, participants or audience members. And we have seen first hand how the arts can help people reclaim their experiences, better understand them and share them with others. 

Our theme is explored in many ways in this year’s programme. We have events that reclaim spaces, including It’s Not Over Yet by our Associate Artist Emma Jayne Park, which aims to turn people’s homes into intimate performance venues; events that reclaim objects and materials, with creative workshops taking place throughout the country; and events inspired by personal and political acts of reclamation, notably the theatre productions, Living With the Lights OnHysteria! and One Mississippi, plus our annual exhibition Out of Sight, Out of Mind.

In the meantime, we hope you’re inspired by this year’s programme and look forward to seeing you this October.

Download the new brochure here.

Titled Your Life as a Work of Art on the on 25th at Lanark Memorial Hall has been cancelled.

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