Our Exhibition

We created an exhibition as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2023 around the theme of 'revolution'

Lighter Lives


Patient Diagnosis:

6B0Z - Anxiety or fear related disorder



This piece employs the cyanotype technique, harnessing the power of the sun to imprint intricate layers onto specially prepared paper. Aesthetically drawing inspiration from Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a Nobel laureate recognised in 1906 for his groundbreaking exploration of the brain's microscopic structure and his detailed illustrations of neurons. A true pioneer of neuroscience, Cajal marvelled at the uniqueness of excitable human neurons, affectionately naming them the 'butterflies of the soul.'


In these luminous compositions, the artist conveys that light is not only a medium but also a tool of creativity. It serves as a metaphor for the choices we make in our lives, including those related to our health, wellbeing and circumstances. Just as light and dark hues present differently across each piece, the artist's work symbolises the importance of illumination in guiding our creative paths. Without opportunities, supportive beacons of hope and lighthouses to call out dangers, individuals can find themselves trapped in darkness, isolated and incomprehensible.


Using cyanotype to explore the interplay of light and shadow the artist communicates that support services and networks can illuminate our journey, like rays of light, providing the guidance and warmth needed to thrive and find a way out of darkness.

Please note: The diagnosis used does not necessarily reflect a psychiatric diagnosis received by the artist. These were included to reflect the current practice of labelling and how these relate to lived-experience.


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