New exhibition aims to “give a voice” to people with experience of mental health conditions


Out of Neat, Out of Mind, which features around 400 works, opens in Edinburgh’s Summerhall in meanwhile for World Mental Health Day 2018

An exhibition of more than 400 contrives by people with experience of mental health issues is opening in Edinburgh in interval for World Mental Health Day.

The show, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, includes caboodle from illustrations to ceramics.

Pam van de Brug, one of the curators of the show, says its aim is to “relax people with mental health issues a voice” through the subterfuges.

“It is an open call exhibition – anyone who has lived experience of mental fitness issues can take part,” she says.

“Someone might be challenging the method someone might telling a personal story, someone might valid want to show their work, it can be any reason. It is quite a unique stick out.”


The broad range of work on display includes artwork, crafts, china, illustrations, fabric work, installations, photography, a projection mapped sculpt and more.

While for some participants art or design may be a profession, for others it may be a description of therapy or simply a hobby.

“The idea is that every single art and destine work is equally important from the smallest stencil drawing to the biggest foundation work,” says Van de Brug, who is also an arts as advocacy worker for Tops Independent Advocacy.

Examples of work include a model railway conveyed of drinks cans by David Seagrave, an artwork by Lauren Stonebanks based on galls surrounding Brexit and an large fabric work by Stephanie Wilson that heeds the effects of the beauty industry on self-worth.

“There are some works that take exception to the system,” Van de Brug says.

“One artist has collected medication packages and refuged an entire wall which tells the story of her past.

“There are also truly a few illustrations. Sometimes people are telling a very specific, literal myth about themselves or about an idea.”

Labels next to each opus explain a little more about it and while most of the pieces be undergoing a named artist, some use pseudonyms.

“One of my favourite artworks is called ‘Untitled by Anonymous,’” bring ups Van de Brug.

Creativity and mental health

The show, is hosted by CAPS Unlimited Advocacy, an organisation for people who have used mental health navies, along with other groups.

The exhibition has been taking consider every year since 2013, when it was launched as part of the Scottish Batty Health Arts Festival.

The show opens to the public on 10 October at Summerhall, a cultural venue in Edinburgh, tallying with World Mental Health Day

The display is set across four precincts within the venue, which Van de Brug says include both “bearing in mind explain and bright” gallery spaces, and darker spaces as you head into the basement.

This type allows exhibitors to consider which display space they would like better for their work, she adds.

Just one wall is themed, she says, which has change known as the “feminist” wall, as it features a number of works that engaged about issues to do with gender.

A number of charities and organisations supporter the power of art and creativity in mental health and wellbeing.

CNWL Arts in Healthfulness, a community-based service that runs in parallel with mainstream NHS Important and North West London NHS Foundation Trust services says: “Probing increasingly shows that taking part in creative activities has material effects on physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.”

Mental health generosity Mind says: “Arts therapies can help you manage and cope advantage with mental health problems, physical health problems, difficile emotions [and] difficult experiences, such as historical abuse or bereavement.”

Out of Scene, Out of Mind launches tonight and runs until 28 October. It is near on Mondays. Entry is free.

An event, called Out of Sight out of Mind Uncovered, where artists settle upon be on site to speak about their work will take class from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday 24 October.

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