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Artist Commission: Calling all Visual Artists

As part of this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Bipolar Edinburgh will be awarding a small artist commission.

Artists are invited to submit a proposal to produce a new piece of work related to the mental health condition bipolar. The commissioned piece of art will bring insight to a particular aspect of living with the condition. Artists are also encouraged to consider how SMHAF’s 2023 festival theme of ‘Revolution’ might be reflected in their work.

Deadline: Proposals must be received no later than Monday, 7 August 2023.

Value: The successful artist will be awarded £750, inclusive of materials.

Application Information

Bipolar Edinburgh is inviting Scottish-based artists to produce a painting, a photograph or a small sculpture. Artists will either have lived experience of a mental health condition or care for someone who has one.

The commissioned artist will be given at least six weeks to produce the piece of art once their proposal has been accepted. The piece must be submitted no later than Wednesday, 27 September 2023.

Please send us a short proposal that includes:

  • a brief description of the artwork you would like to produce

  • examples of your previous work

  • an estimate of how long it would take you to produce and submit your artwork

Proposals should be emailed to with the subject line ‘Artist Commission: Your name’ no later than Monday, 7 August 2023.

Please also email if you have any enquiries about the commission.


The successful proposal will be selected by a panel of three people made up of two experienced visual artists and a trustee of Bipolar Edinburgh.

Award Ceremony

The commissioned artwork will be unveiled during this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF). The artist will be invited to talk about their work and their inspiration. The ceremony will be held from 8-9pm on Thursday, 5 October at The Melting Pot, 15 Calton Road, Edinburgh EH8 8DL. All welcome! Please register here.

About Bipolar Edinburgh

Bipolar Edinburgh was incorporated in 2022, building on the work of the Lothian Bipolar Self-Help Group. The charity’s mission is to support people affected by bipolar with peer support, education, advocacy, mental health awareness and stigma reduction. Over 5,000 people have benefited from our services over the past decade.


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