Out of Sight Out of Mind, a diverse and ambitious multimedia exhibition created by hundreds of artists with experience of mental health issues, returns to Summerhall in Edinburgh on 11 October.
Now in its seventh year, Out of Sight Out of Mind has quadrupled in size since its 2013 launch as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF). Described as ‘a feast of film, sculpture, installation, photography, painting and drawing,’ it continues to be supported by SMHAF and the Mental Health Foundation as part of their year-round arts programme. This year’s exhibition will consist of almost 400 artworks and will fill more than an entire floor of the extensive gallery spaces at Summerhall in Edinburgh.
A body of artworks will be exhibited that is ambitious in terms of the diversity of voices and ability to communicate the many different experiences of living with mental health. Out of Sight Out of Mind has different meanings for people who exhibit in, organise, and visit the exhibition. It is an opportunity for people to express themselves, to be heard, join a community, and discuss issues related to mental health.
The initiative is hosted by CAPS Independent Advocacy as an inclusive and accessible platform for those who use the arts to have their often-unheard voices heard. Organised by a group of artists and several participating organisations it is supported through funding from NHS Lothian Sense of Belonging Arts Programme and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.
The motivations of individuals and groups involved are varied, from personal expression; development of an artistic practice; experiencing the therapeutic benefits of making; formal art therapy; political activism; having a voice – the list is wide and varied. In Scotland, mental illness is one of the major health challenges, with an estimated one in three people affected by a mental health problem each year. The most common illnesses are depression and anxiety. Only about 1-2% of the population have psychotic disorders, while one in three GP appointments relates to a mental health issue. As NHS Scotland report, ‘Poor mental health is an important public health challenge with significant mental health inequalities existing. Improving the mental health and wellbeing of the population is a national priority.’
The exhibition will be launched with an evening event on World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10 October 2019, and be open from Friday 11 October until Sunday 3 November (open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 6pm). There will be a number of exhibition-related events throughout October that will be announced nearer the time. The exhibition and all events are free to attend. Summerhall is wheelchair accessible and dog friendly.
Out of Sight Out of Mind
11 October – 3 November
Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 6pm
Note: The exhibition launch will be a busy event. Summerhall is wheelchair accessible. If you have access requirements the organisers recommend entering the building via the courtyard on Summerhall Place, and to consult the Further Information section of the Summerhall website: https://www.summerhall.co.uk/about/accessibility/.