Tracing Time : Mapping Futures


The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (SMHAFF) is an annual event to help raise awareness and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health issues. The festival is one of the largest social justice events in the world and, in its tenth year has become one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature..

This year’s installation, ‘Tracing Time : Mapping Futures’ was created by a group of students who attended Outlook’s adult education program during the summer. The art workshops were run at the Wash House in Portobello and explored ideas on this theme.

The final three panels built around a tree (…tree of life, family tree etc) have incorporated ideas relating to the ‘Past’, ‘Present’ & ‘Future.’ The past can trouble some people whilst for others it can create a positive connection to the land or places visited when growing up.

The other two panels are a comment on the current economic situation which for many creates greater insecurity and stress and for the final panel, a look into the future, where the discussions focused on the kind of services the group felt were important for good positive mental health & wellbeing.

We recommend an evening visit to see the full potential of this installation.

Outlook wishes to thank all participants involved in creating the ideas and panels for this installation as well as the Outlook tutor who supported those who were involved.

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