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Mental health

Open Call to Artists- Time To Change


The NI Mental Health Arts & Film Festival is calling upon artists to enter their 4th annual group art exhibition

NIMHAFF is a growing festival in its 4th year, set up to celebrate mental health and challenge the stigma around it and to fight inequalities. The creation and enjoyment of art contributes hugely to the recovery and thriving of many people who experience mental-health difficulties; the programme – including this group art exhibition at Belfast’s Arts & Disability Forum – will highlight and champion arts-driven wellbeing.

The 2017 festival theme is Time to Change: We invite visual artists – especially those who have experienced mental health issues – to submit artworks exploring this theme. The chosen artworks will be part of a group show curated by artist Ciara O’Malley and Hugh O’Donnell, Outreach Arts Officer with the Arts & Disability Forum, with the help of an experienced panel.

We’d love to see artwork from a range of visual media: drawing, paintings, sculpture, mixed media, film installation, photography, illustration, etc.

No specific limit, but gallery space will curtail the number of large pieces. Please state dimensions of art works in your submission, and any practical needs for displaying sculpture and other 3D work.

27th April 2017


Please send submissions to


  • a brief statement (100-150 words) introducing yourself, your work and your interest in the exhibition
  • image(s) of your artwork – up to three separate pieces, preferably as .jpg