April 1, World Art Day, marks the launch date of GAMIAN-Europe’s first European-wide art contest: My heART. The contest is part of a larger project designed to raise awareness of mental health through visual art. This project is developed in collaboration with experts by experience close to the art world and representatives of three member associations of GAMIAN-Europe: Taiteen Sulattamo, Kukunori and Awakenings Foundation whose activities aim at promoting good mental health through various forms of art.

This project aims to:

  • Raise awareness of mental ill health through creativity and non-verbal communication, with a view to help initiate dialogue with people affected by mental health conditions and bring them closer to the general public
  • Amplify the voice of people with a lived experience of mental ill health through art, giving visibility to their works and making them accessible to a wider, transnational and European audience
  • Create greater collaboration with the member associations of GAMIAN-Europe through the direct involvement of the patients they represent

Learn more here!

Who can participate?


The contest will be officially launched on 15 April and will be open for a period of 4 months. The contest is aimed at those with a lived experience of mental ill health and belong to a member association of GAMIAN-Europe.
Participants will be asked to submit from one to three visual art pieces accompanied by a short biography and a description of the art piece.

Three winners will be selected at the end of the contest.

Visual Art Categories

15 April | Contest Launch 

15 August | Contest closing date

7 September | First Jury Meeting

14 September | Second Jury Meeting

3 October | “Meet the Artist” Webinar

Get in touch
if you want to support this project contact us at executive.director@gamian.eu

Jury Members 

Representative of lyric abstraction and informal painting and graphics, also photography, installation and performance.

Major recognitions: Debrecen Culture Foundation Fellowship2016; Zemplén Summer Exhibition III. fee, Sárospatak, 2016; Award of excellence at the International Artists’ Colony of Hajdúböszörmény, 2016, 2018; Artist Career Recognition at Minister of Culture, 2018; Award of the X. Contemporary Christian Iconography Biennial, Kecskemét, 2020.

Actress, artist, professor of acting in Theatre Academy Helsinki and artistic director of Kajaani Poem festival, a board member of Taiteen Sulattamo ry.

Besides a strong domestic reputation gained through varied roles in theater and television, she is recognized from director Aki Kaurismäki’s films internationally.

Barbara Lemmens is a trained psychotherapist and artist, working in the UK.

She has also completed several trainings in painting and digital drawing and has a strong interest in the link between artistic expression and mental health.

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