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Art As Therapy

Exhibition Submission and Competition Guidelines

Art can offer respite and a way of sharing your feelings with the world at large. If you would be interested in producing artwork as part of an exciting new exhibition on mental health, then we would love to hear from you. We are particularly keen to showcase the work of new or inexperienced artists as no previous experience or training is required.

In conjunction with the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics, Framewerk Gallery is organising a competition and exhibition on the theme of ‘Art as Therapy’ during 23-28 March 2020 in the exciting new Take Up Space Gallery in the Connswater Shopping Centre, East Belfast.

We hope to showcase an eclectic mix of artworks from both professional and amateur artists on this theme at our pop-up gallery in this busy shopping centre – a new space dedicated to ending the social stigma towards those living with mental health issues. The media launch of the exhibition will take place on 23 March at 7.00pm in the gallery.

A prize of £100 will be awarded for the best artwork received and as many of the submissions as possible will be exhibited during the week. These can be made available for sale to the public with the artists permission. We hope through the exhibition of these artworks that the stigma attached to poor mental health can be eroded and a better understanding of mental illness can be promoted to the public at large.

THEME: Art as Therapy

Please submit digitally by email to

It’s free to enter. Each entry must be submitted with an entry form. (Insert link to a downloadable basic form taking details just as name, address, age, title of work , category disclaimer, permission to use the work for publicity, et and phone, email details).
Please email the form and scanned entry (or video link) to

Sculpture, Poster Art, Video , Photography, Painting

Anyone in Northern Ireland aged over 16. Submissions from both amateur and professional artists will be accepted. No liability can be accepted by the organisers for the artworks submitted and exhibited.

All submissions will be entered for a competition prize of £100 as selected by our judging panel. Other selections will be exhibited in the Connswater Shopping Centre, Belfast. Images and videos cam also be published on the Imagine Belfast and Framewerk websites and social media platforms. Judging will be based on originality, creativity and how well the entry expresses the theme of the exhibition and competition. The decision of the judging panel will be final.


This must be an original artwork that combines drawing, pictures and words, if you wish, to express the exhibition theme. Materials used may include pencil, ink, charcoal, crayon, markers, pastel, paint, mixed media, collage or similar. The poster must be no larger than A3.

This must be an original video no longer than 180 seconds that addresses the theme. You can submit an individual or group entry (each participant whose face is shown must confirm their permission on the entry form). The video must be posted on YouTube or Vimeo and must be appropriate for children and wider public consumption.

Photos should bot depict a person’s face unless it involves the artist(s).

Take Up Space gallery

Imagine Belfast