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Out of Sight Out of Mind Call for Art

People who have personal lived experience of mental health issues are invited to submit artworks to Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition.

Last year more than 180 people took part and exhibited installations, projections, films, animations, paintings, drawings, sound works, prints, sculptures, and photographs.

You can submit artworks as an individual or as a group. This year one work per person can be submitted. Artworks can be proposed/submitted in any media and be any size. You are welcome to respond to this year’s Scottish Mental Health Art Festival theme which is ‘perspectives’, however this is not a requirement at all.

We are planning to hold the exhibition at Summerhall in Edinburgh during October 2020. The current situation may lead to changes such as its location, date or the exhibition being moved online. If you make a submission, we will let you know about changes.

How to make a submission: 

Get in touch to ask for the full guidance and submission form. The form needs to be returned to us by Friday 31st July 2020. 

If you would like to speak to us about your or your groups idea/artwork before submitting it, if you have any questions or would like a submission form, please email pam@capsadvocacy.org or leave a message for Pam on 07989402634.

About:

Out of Sight Out of Mind is a collaborative project organised by a Planning Group of organisations and individuals. It is hosted by CAPS Independent Advocacy, funded by Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership. It is part of the year-long Edinburgh “A Sense of Belonging Arts Programme” and the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival’s year-round programme.

https://www.facebook.com/oosoomexhibition/

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Online Exhibitions

After some extremely hard work, we are really excited to announce that Edinburgh Palette are now able to provide online exhibition space for anyone interested. This online feature is complementary to keeping art exhibiting alive and will help to phase in real gallery activity again when safe to do so.

We would also like to hear your ideas for specific gallery themes, please contact Carly with any suggestions!

Please see this link which is an example from our Residents Pop-Up Exhibition: https://www.edinburghpalette.co.uk/events-2/exhibitions/pop-up-exhibition1/ 

Please also see this link which is an exhibition by Leith School of Art Landscape Artist: https://www.edinburghpalette.co.uk/events-2/exhibitions/leith-school-of-art-landscape-artists/

If you are interested in an online gallery space, please contact Marcin.

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Edinburgh Palette Residents Pop-Up Exhibition

Enjoy this online exhibition featuring a variety of our Resident Artists.

Please note, this is ONLINE ONLY. The galleries are currently CLOSED.

To view the gallery, please visit this link.

 

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Mental Health Services by Projekt 42

Projekt 42 has launched online counselling and mental health support and has counsellors available for immediate support to those in need right now.

Adults living in the most deprived areas of Scotland such as Leith are twice as likely to experience mental health issues (22% versus 11%). Residents of deprived communities are 2.5 times more likely to die by suicide and four times more likely to experience two symptoms of depression.

We have counselling spots available right now for those in need to self-refer and gain the support they need. Obtaining help is easy, fill out this form, and our mental health team will be in touch https://www.projekt42.co.uk/self-referral

Current social isolation, loneliness and anxiety over the unknown are further contributing to mental health challenges. Our mission is to make mental health services accessible for everyone, and we offer free and reduced-rate counselling services to vulnerable members of our community in Edinburgh.

Our charitable model is award-winning; we commit over 40% of gym membership and class fees to support the well-being of our community.

Counselling will be delivered digitally using the charities new online platform, email and telecare are also provided. Once safe to do so, we will move to in-person support. Counselling costs are income assessed, and we offer free and subsidised sessions to those who need financial help.

About Projekt 42 

‘Projekt 42 is a gym for people not for profit’. Projekt 42 is a charity focused on ‘building happy bodies and strong minds.’ We want to change the way people think about mental health. Our goal is to help people understand the connection between their mental health and physical fitness through carefully crafted fitness and yoga classes, guided meditation, life coaching and counselling. Any profit we make goes back into the local community, allowing us to provide free memberships, counselling and life coaching for the people who need them most. Please visit https://www.projekt42.co.uk

Projekt42 supports the wellbeing of its community through physical fitness and mental health support. To keep abreast of our campaigns and news, and to join the debate, follow us at twitter.com/Projekt42EDI or like us at https://www.facebook.com/Projekt42Edinburgh/

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Dried Flower Bouquets + DIY Boxes

Hello!
Boyes Botanics are here with all your floral needs! Whilst there are sadly no weddings or events to create floral designs for, I’ve been focusing on dried flowers during lockdown, creating bouquets and DIY kits.

Bang on trend, dried flowers bring a natural finishing touch to your home, making the perfect gift to yourself or a friend! They are very low maintenance and with the right care can last for years and years – I have my Grandmas dried flowers that are still going strong after 20 years, yes the colours are faded but the lagurus has a lovely ombre effect.

Using mostly beautiful British dried flowers and grasses, there are various bouquet designs on the website along with the new DIY dried flower boxes. The boxes are available in two sizes and are full of loose dried stems for you to cut and arrange how you like.

All dried flower goods will arrive in the new hand stamped botanical packaging, which I’m obsessed with! We are offering FREE local Edinburgh doorstep delivery (EH1-EH17 only) and there is a small postage cost for everywhere else.

Show me the flowers > www.boyesbotanics.com/dried-flowers
Follow our Instagram > @boyesbotanics

Thanks for reading!

Kirsty

P.S – The studio is closed for appointments but we are still open for phone consultations for wedding flowers. Due to 2020 postponements, 2021 is slightly fuller but there are still dates available.

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Charity sharing Free Face Masks & Pattern

EcoArt was on the BBC news last week! They’re a grassroots environmental charity that have so far recruited over 65 Zero Waste Makers upcycling masks for their family, friends and neighbours. they’ve shared over 500 masks with key workers, charities and vulnerable people around Edinburgh.

“The masks can easily be made using items you already have at home, like clothing, bedding, elastic bands or bicycle inner tubes.” says Rose, the CEO. “We are encouraging reuse and learning to sew, they’re a great family craft project”.

If you would like to be a Zero Waste Maker too or are a front line group needing masks, please email Rose on info@ecoartcharity.org

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New Painting by Amanda Hill

Amanda Hill is an artist who lives in Portobello and works from her Edinburgh Palette studio at St Margaret’s House. She creates using acrylic and oil on canvas.

Recent paintings reflect feelings of displacement and isolation in light of social distancing. Amanda explores through facial expression as well as colour and texture which mimics connection.

Amanda has recently exhibited at the Velvet Easel Gallery,  as part of their latest exhibition,  sadly presently on hold due to current circumstances.

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Bowbeer Designs by Resident Artist Caitlin Bowbeer

My illustrative work is playful, contemporary, and often takes a tangible form, using unusual structures and materials as a canvas for design. I am passionate about producing contemporary drawings and designs whilst keeping my practice environmentally sustainable where possible. My most regular commission work has focused on illustrating resources for outreach projects aimed at communities and young people, creating work for such clients as The National Galleries of Scotland and Dundee Heritage Trust.

After gaining my degree in Illustration from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2016, I decided to up sticks and head to Brighton to gain some inspiration and a get bit of sunshine. Whilst working in a pottery studio, I rediscovered the beauty of clay. I think it’s properties are fascinating and find that it complements my illustrative work perfectly. I learned how to throw on the wheel and create minimal designs that work well with their partnered illustrations, keeping them fresh and playful.

I have now been living in Edinburgh for almost 2 years and am privileged to share my newest studio in St Margaret’s House with two very close friends. Although the effects of the lock down have been tough, with reduced work and having to temporarily move out of Edinburgh to help family members, it has brought new opportunities for learning and development within my practice. I have used this time to create an online shop, work on personal projects, and slow down, taking more time with each of my ceramic pieces. I have begun to handbuild with clay which allows me to make larger and more experimental forms and I am keen to try more traditional techniques of firing when a kiln is not accessible. I am hopeful that by indulging in this time I will be able to apply new techniques and skills to my practice in the future.

Website: www.bowbeerdesigns.com
Instagram : @BowbeerDesigns

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Portrait and Resident Artist Danielle Hewlett

As a portrait artist, my work explores concepts of identity. The psychology and behaviour of people and how it shines through the surface of their outward appearance is something that has always enthralled me and is the centre of my work to date. I’m always looking for the essence of subjects, their identity, or at least a part of it. It is an authentic aspect of their being that I’m trying to capture and portray and through that, telling a touching and heartfelt story.

I come from Johannesburg, South Africa where there is a board spectrum of people from various backgrounds in life. Many artworks are portraying the stark contrasts to the western first worlds and the hardships faced in South Africa. I prefer to highlight the more subtle aspects of emotion and mind that are much closer to home for all of us around the world. I have a strong attraction towards topics of women and their careers, especially in art, but really, I just love people. I use real-life subjects as much as possible and work with whatever comes through.

I’ve recently moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where I have new subject matter to work with. Not just Scottish people, but the wider European community in general. Of course, as these things go, it took some time to get settled into the country and my new studio at Edinburgh Palette. Just as I was getting into the swing of things, we hit lockdown and it’s been quite challenging with my 5-year-old daughter around. I have a limited amount of space to work with at the moment and I’m working on smaller pieces, which I’m challenging myself to produce one a day. I’m also using this time to refine ideas and explore new topics and techniques.

www.daniellehewlett.co.za

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