Here & Now

Our reality is a succession of unique moments, each moment impacting on our well-being.  Our annual exhibition at the Institute of Mental Health is an opportunity for artists to express through art how they are experiencing and reacting to each of those moments.

About Arts & the Institute of Mental Health

The Arts have been a key feature of the spaces of the Institute of Mental Health since it opened in 2006. The summer open exhibition is our main event, but there are solo exhibitions which have offered platforms for service users and artists who have an especial interest in mental health to show their work. The Arts can educate and raise consciousness as well as mediate in processes of social change and awareness, community engagement and personal well-being. It can be a therapeutic activity that helps people to tell their story, but it can also be more than lens or a mirror to human nature, rather it can change the world we live in. And so it is fitting that the arts, and especially service user art, has been promoted at IMH and will continue to have dedicated space, because the idea of making the world a better place for people with mental health problems is at the very heart of this Institute.

The Institute of Mental Health is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust & the University of Nottingham.

Submission Information

Please complete our online application form and upload good quality images of your artwork no later than 3rd April 2017. Only 2D artworks will be selected for the exhibition. Artists can submit up to 2 artworks each.

Alternatively, download the form below and email it to

You will be informed if you artwork has been selected in the week of the 3rd April.

Delivery of artwork: no later than 26th April 2017

Please deliver small to medium sized artwork to City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FH. Large scale work must be hand delivered or by courier directly to Institute of Mental Health, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU.

Exhibition opening: 17th May 2017

Exhibition end: 29th September 2017

The Institute of Mental Health University of Nottingham






Feature image: Wayfaring by Harman Dickson