MINDSCAPES

 Find out about MINDSCAPES – Five brand new artworks plus online events happening in Manchester from 19th April until 16th May 2021

Throughout Spring 2021 you’ll find our FREE MINDSCAPES programme happening in public spaces across Manchester, from streets and parks, to the Metrolink, and online.

SICK! Festival

“We like to think that we’re beyond taboos, that nothing is off bounds any more. But, when it comes to the health of our bodies and minds and the universal, inescapable experience of death, we’re still pretty tight-lipped. In attempting to break the silence and confront the unspoken – often with humour and imagination – SICK! Festival has a vital role to play.”

The Guardian **** review SICK! Festival 2019

MINDSCAPES

MINDSCAPES delves deeper with a series of online talks, film screenings and a 2-day conference, delivered with partners in Manchester and The Netherlands.

Supported by DutchCulture in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in the UK.

SICK! Festival

In venues and public spaces across Greater Manchester, SICK! Festival 2019 presented an outstanding international programme of new commissions, performances, public installations, exhibitions, films and public conversations, asking the question: ‘What is the value of a human life?

 

MINDSCAPES

MINDSCAPES explores how the world around us – our homes, our streets, our cities – affects our mental health and the way we feel about our lives, in both positive and negative ways.

Developed with artists and arts organisations in Manchester and The Netherlands, MINDSCAPES is a series of commissions and events taking place 19th April until 16th May 2021.

SICK! Festival

70 individual artworks/presentations

129 performances/exhibition days

95 workshops / 175 artists/performers from 9 countries

36 new commissions / 898,000 audience

PROJECTS

MINDSCAPES

MINDSCAPES

MINDSCAPES is a 2-year programme of co-operation and co-production between cultural institutions in The Netherlands and Manchester. Working with artists and arts organisations spanning performance, visual arts and digital media, the project explores the impact that...

DEATH & BIRTH IN MY LIFE

DEATH & BIRTH IN MY LIFE

MATS STAUB Death and Birth In My Life invited the audience to listen in on a series of intimate conversations about the most moving and challenging experiences in life. Developed with staff from the Intensive Care Unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Mats Staub’s...

GRAPHIC ENCOUNTERS

GRAPHIC ENCOUNTERS

KAISA LEKA (FINLAND), TIITU TAKALO (FINLAND), JAMIE SQUIRE (UK), UNA (UK) SICK! FESTIVAL COMMISSION Graphic Encounters discussed the experiences of women in Manchester through a series of compelling illustrated narratives presented in poster-sites across Greater...

Sick! Digital

MINDSCAPES ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION: ELTEN KIENE & SJAAN FLIKWEERT

MINDSCAPES ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION: ELTEN KIENE & SJAAN FLIKWEERT

Elten Kiene and Sjaan Flikweert chat about poetry, place and belonging with the people who helped them create Streets of Poetry for MINDSCAPES. Whilst creating their new projects, our MINDSCAPES commissioned artists worked with individuals and communities from across...

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OPEN LETTER TO MY DAD

OPEN LETTER TO MY DAD

This is, frankly, a world I wish I never knew anything about, but it has become so bittersweet and such an integral part of who I am. There is a part of me that would love to be one of the naive; one of the people totally unaffected by suicide and completely unaware...

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OPPORTUNITY: MINDSCAPES PROJECT EVALUATOR

OPPORTUNITY: MINDSCAPES PROJECT EVALUATOR

freelance evaluation specialist/organisation needed We are looking for a freelance evaluation specialist/organisation to work with us between March and May 2021 to evaluate our MINDSCAPES programme. MINDSCAPES explores the impact that our environment has on our mental wellbeing, including 5 new...

MINDSCAPES

MINDSCAPES

MINDSCAPES is a two-year programme of co-operation and co-production between cultural institutions in The Netherlands and Manchester. Working with artists and arts organisations spanning performance, visual arts and digital media, the project explores the impact that our environment has on our...

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THE GREAT DEBATE!
TUESDAY 20th April @designmcr & @KunstMelly
More tickets added due to popular demand. They're FREE and available via http://bit.ly/msdeb8
#MINDSCAPES
@DutchCulture @NLinUK

These amazing works of art are creating so much conversation at the metro link stations. We have already had nee visitors to our sanctuary in the park. A big thank you to @RothuizenJan and @SICKfestival for this most special gift.

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Excited to see that signs are going up around Moston & Harpurhey ahead of the launch of Soundpaths on Monday @BrighterSound @SICKfestival @echoesxyz - can't wait for people to try this out!

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2 days ago

SICK Festival
We're so excited for the launch of MINDSCAPES on Monday! Are you ready for FREE art, poetry, debates, workshops and conferences?FIND OUT MORE VIA THE MINDSCAPES LINK IN OUR BIO#mindscapes #sickfestival #mentalhealth #environment #collaboration #DutchArtists #manchester #rotterdam #thenetherlands #dutchculture #publicart #moston #Harpurhey #artsandhealth #geestelijkegezondheid #welness #omgeving #samenwerking ##nlkunstenaars #NL #nederland #openbarekunst #kunstengezondheid ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

SICK Festival
NEXT FRIDAY 23RD APRIL! MINDSCAPES CONFERENCE: DAY 2Join us for the SECOND day of our FREE conference, MINDSCAPES, hosted by SICK! in #Manchester and Kunstinstituut Melly in #Rotterdam. Three panel discussions on the different ways our environment affects us. FIND OUT MORE: bit.ly/msconf2BOOK NOW: bit.ly/mscon2Session 1: Staying InHow do we create our own living spaces, and how do they shape the thoughts we have about ourselves?Discussion with: Jackie Hagan, Poet, Comic, Theatre-MakerHamja Ahsan, Artist & ActivistMoosje M Goosen, Writer & PhD Student, Sandberg InstituutSession 2: The Digital EffectNowadays we can be alone in our rooms whilst connecting to millions around the world. How does this affect our mental health and the way we see ourselves?With Robin van den Akker, Erasmus University College (EUC) Professor Sandeep Ranote, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care PartnershipJoe Strickland, Chronic Insanity Prof. Ian Tucker, Professor and Director of Impact and Innovation in the School of Psychology at University of East Londonbit.ly/msconf2Session 3: Care & Cultural SpacesOur final session looks at the shift in arts, culture and health at a time when core mental health services are being cut.With Alex Coulter of National Centre for Creative Health, and Arts & Health South WestPelin Basaran of ContactEsther Vossen, of Het Vijfde Seizoen ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

SICK Festival
IT'S LIVE! Head over to our website to hear #spokenword artists Elten Kiene & Sjaan Flikweert talk #poetry, #place and #belonging on the streets of #Moston, #Harpurhey and# Manchester City Centre. bit.ly/sjekconv@YOUNGIDmcr @DutchCulture @NLinUK ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

SICK Festival
NEXT THURSDAY 22 APRIL!MINDSCAPES CONFERENCE: DAY 1Join us for the first day of our FREE conference, MINDSCAPES, hosted by SICK! in Manchester and Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam. Three panel discussions exam different ways in which our environment affects us. BOOK NOW: bit.ly/mscon1MORE INFO: bit.ly/msconf1Session 1: Fresh Air: Green spaces can have a powerful impact on our #mentalhealth and #wellbeing. Why? And how we can all share the benefits of natural spaces?Discussion with Jini Reddy, Author; Mark Frith, Founder of Growing TogethernessSession 2: Freedom of Movement: Why city centres & streets sometimes fall short of being open for all.Discussion with: Ruth Fabby, Disability Arts Cymru / Celfyddydau Anabledd CymruDr Stefan White, Professor of Architecture, Manchester School of ArchitectureAidan Moesby, Artist, Curator & WriterMike Emmerik, Crimson Historians and UrbanistsSession 3: Institutions of Care: Has moving from traditional caring resulted in greater compassion for people with #mentalhealth conditions?Discussion with: Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, Director, Kunstinstituut Melly• Richard Bennaars, Artistic Manager, Galerie Atelier Herenplaats• Marieke van Rooy, Artist• Wilco Tuinebreijer, Chair of Stichting Beautiful Distress ... See MoreSee Less
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