Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2021

2021 marks two anniversaries – 20 years of Bazooka Arts, and 15 years of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF). We have been involved in SMHAF since it began in 2006 and we’re excited to continue our involvement this year from May 3rd –   23rd focusing on the theme of ‘Normality’.

Online Exhibition

Our online exhibition has been developed from creative responses to aspects of nature and everyday life which have been vital in maintaining a sense of normality in uncertain times. Many have found everyday things that we previously took for granted are the things that we miss and now value most: travelling, visiting friends, hugs.

Work has been created by participants of our therapeutic arts programs to support recovery from mental ill health. Participants created their artwork at home with online support from therapeutic arts practictioners. Click here see the work produced by Bazooka Arts participants as part of the SMHAF online exhibition.

Visual Arts Workshops

We are running a series of workshops on Zoom which are focusing on celebrating aspects of nature and everyday life which bring happiness. These are suitable for adults, including absolute beginners. Bring paper pencil, pens, or paints, and since you’ll be at home bring your own cuppa.

Visual arts workshops are taking place on the following dates and times:

Friday 7th May 2021SOLD OUT
Thursday 13th May 20211pm – 2pm
Friday 21st May 20211pm – 2pm

You can book on to our free Zoom workshops via Eventbrite here

Creative Writing Workshops

We are also running two online creative writing workshops with our Theatre Tonic group members – Route 21.

Route 21 is a journey through time, places, memories and the imagination.

Members of Theatre Tonic therapeutic drama group have mapped out their personal journeys back to ‘normality’, using drama, creative writing, visual arts and film, with support from Bazooka Arts, during the pandemic.

Creative writing workshops are at the following dates and times:

Wednesday 12th May 20211 – 2:30pm
Wednesday 19th May 20211 – 2:30pm

Book on to the creative writing workshops here.

If you’d like to find out more about Bazooka, or would like more information on how to take part in our activities, we’d love to hear from you.

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