Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival: In/Visible Showcase – Call for Proposals

Closing date: Fri 28 Jun 2024: 6pm

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) is inviting individual artists and creative organisations to submit proposals for dynamic, thought-provoking live events that can take place as part of the In/Visible showcase event.

This two day showcase event will take place on Fri 25 – Sat 26 October 2024 at the CCA in Glasgow. It will consist of live performances, film screenings, creative workshops, discussions and more, exploring our 2024 festival theme of In/Visible.

They will select three proposals and will provide a budget of up to £1,000 for each one, in addition to PR, marketing and technical support. The application deadline is Fri 28 June 2024, 6pm.

SMHAF is an annual programme to support the arts, explore how engagement in the arts can help prevent mental ill health and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

The 2024 theme, In/Visible, was chosen in consultation with regional coordinators across Scotland, and will consider what it means to be ‘visible’ or ‘invisible’ when we think about our mental health.

Your Proposal
With the two-day showcase event at the CCA, they want to explore our In/Visible theme in an exciting, innovative, and accessible way, appealing to a wide audience.

The three event proposals we select will:

– Respond to the festival theme in an imaginative way
– Be innovative in their approach to engaging with live audiences
– Challenge established ways of thinking, or have insightful and original things to say, about mental health.

Each proposal selected will be given a budget of £1,000 to cover fees and materials costs. This figure does not include venue costs, standard technical support, marketing and access support, all of which will be covered by SMHAF.

You can apply as an individual or as a group / organisation, but all freelance contributors must be paid according to recognised industry rates.

There is no set length or format for an event. However it must be possible to host it in the CCA Theatre, Cinema or Clubroom on 25 or 26 October 2024.

Please bear in mind that since there will be numerous events happening there will be limited get in time, although we will try to be as flexible as possible.

How to Apply
To apply, please send them a short proposal which can be up to six paragraphs if in writing – they can also accept proposals by audio or video – plus a budget and examples of previous work.

Please email applications to with the subject line ‘SMHAF In/Visible Event – Your Name’. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything in relation to your proposal.

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Closing date: Fri 28 Jun 2024: 6pm