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OOSOOM call for art 2023

Call for art for Out of Sight Out of Mind (OOSOOM) 2023! The OOSOOM planning group invite people who have personal lived experience of mental health issues to submit an artwork to the 11th Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition. The exhibition will be held in October 2023 at Summerhall in Edinburgh.

Take part as an individual or as a group. Artworks can be in any media and one artwork per person can be submitted. Last year people showed paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, films, animations, sound works, photographs, craft and more. You can also apply for a grant to help with materials costs.

You are welcome to respond to this year’s Scottish Mental Health Art Festival theme ‘Revolution’, however this is not a requirement.

How to make a submission

Small Materials Grants Application closing date: 12pm Monday 19 June 2023. More information and download the Materials Grant Form

Artwork Submissions closing date: 12pm Monday 10 July 2023. More information and download the Artwork Submission Form

Get in touch, or see the website for more information, download the forms and to see previous exhibitions:

If you have any questions, would like to speak to someone about yours or your group’s idea/artwork first, or would like paper/email copies of the forms then get in touch.

Phone: Leave a message on 07989 402634

Join the planning group

The group welcome people who have their own experience of mental health issues to join in with the planning of the exhibition. Find out more: Planning Group, and/or get in touch via the details above.

A number of people looking at the Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition
Photo by Chris Scott


The exhibition is organised by and for people with experience of mental health issues. It is a CAPS Independent Advocacy project, funded by Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, part of Edinburgh Thrive and the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

A number of people look at a large green cardboard sculpture in the Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition
Photo by Chris Scott

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