Moving Forward: Open Call for Artists – closing 8 Apr

MOVING FORWARD: Group Exhibition

University of Atypical (Belfast)
6th May – 23rd May 2019

Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival (NIMHAF) is a growing festival in its 5th year, set up to celebrate mental health, challenge stigma around it and fight inequalities. The creation and enjoyment of art contributes hugely to the recovery and thriving of many people who experience mental-health difficulties; our programme – including this group art exhibition at Belfast’s University of Atypical– will highlight and champion arts-driven wellbeing.

The 2019 festival theme is Moving Forward: We invite visual artists who have experienced mental health issues to submit artworks exploring this theme. The artworks will be part of a curated group exhibition selected by 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.


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

Deadline for submissions is: 8th April 2019

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