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Get involved in the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2024!

The theme is In/Visible and the festival wants to hear from communities, organisations and artists developing creative work and events.

The Scottish Mental Health and Arts Festival (SMHAF) takes place across Scotland from the 10-27 October 2024. It provides a platform for everyone to create and share art inspired by mental health and explore how the arts and creativity can support people to live mentally healthier lives.


The theme this year is In/Visible. It considers what it means to be ‘visible’ or ‘invisible’ when we think about our mental health. Which aspects of our mental health do we keep hidden and which do we feel able to share? How can we use the arts and creativity to make mental health more ‘visible’, in a way that engages people and challenges stigma?

Many people feel unseen and unheard. How does this happen and what impact do experiences of exclusion and discrimination have on our mental health? Most importantly, how can we challenge the inequalities and systems of power that render people ‘invisible’?

Scottish Recovery Network are delighted to support this years Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. Many groups and organisations across the country use creativity in their work to promote and support mental health recovery. The importance of these groups and organisations and their work is often invisible or overlooked in our conversations about mental health. The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is an opportunity for them to share how their creative approaches support wellbeing and enable people to drive their own recovery.

Louise Christie, Director, Scottish Recovery Network

Take part

Are you looking to develop events in your local area or do you have an interest in volunteering? The festival team wants to hear from you. Find out about opportunities on the SMHAF website

Event submissions

The festival are now accepting event submissions to feature on their website. The form and guidelines are available by emailing Rob Dickie, Arts and Festival Officer at

Writing competition: call for entries

The festival’s annual writing competition is open for entries. They are seeking new writing that addresses mental health in all its diversity and explores the theme of ‘In/Visible’. The closing date for the competition is midnight on Monday 19 August 2024.

Artist commissions

SMHAF is seeking proposals for four small artist commissions in response to their theme of ‘In/Visible’. The fee for each one is £750 and the application deadline is Friday 28 June 2024.

Showcase event: call for proposals

Individual artists and creative organisations can submit proposals for dynamic, thought-provoking live events that can take place as part of the In/Visible showcase event at the CCA in Glasgow. Three proposals will be provided with a budget of up to £1,000. The application deadline is Friday 28 June at 6pm. 

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