Art Angel evolved from then Arts Advocacy Project based at Dundee Rep Theatre Community Department. The Arts Advocacy Project was the first of its kind in Scotland, using the arts as advocacy, encouraging people with experience of mental health difficulties to build a powerful voice in the community through arts participation, exhibitions, performances and events.

Mike Scallan The Arts Advocacy project was funded by the community fund for the period of six years one of the major highlights of the project was the Life At Liff exhibition at the McManus Gallery Dundee which included the history of the local psychiatric hospital but more importantly the art, creative writing, photography and a major film which gave a voice to those who had experienced of Liff Hospital. During the two months the exhibition was on it was visited by 15,000 visitors and hosted a programme of arts activities open to the public.

After six years it became clear that the Arts Advocacy Project needed it’s own building to expand and develop and through funding from NHS Tayside the project moved to Dudhope Art Centre and became Art Angel. Originally setting up three groups in photography, art and creative writing the project has now expanded its art and photography groups as well as adding a film and drama group. The project moved from Dudhope Art Centre to Waverley House in the centre of Dundee last year.