MINDSCAPES

A groundbreaking new public-facing arts project – beginning in March 2021 – will see artists from The Netherlands and Manchester come together both online and in local communities to create challenging artistic responses to issues around mental health in our cities.

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

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

In Spring 2021, MINDSCAPES will create five new projects spanning performance, visual and digital arts stimulating dialogue, knowledge-sharing and network-building between organisations from across a wide range of sectors 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?’

70 individual artworks/presentations / 129 performances/exhibition days

95 workshops / 175 artists/performers from 9 countries

36 new commissions / 898,000 audience

4ofUs

Welcome to 4ofUs, part of our new online and digital content. Join Lucy Burke, and Smug Roberts as they host an intimate chat show for the socially distanced…

Our two hosts meet two special guests to talk about life, lockdown and their hopes and fears for the future. Dialing in from their homes and workplaces, these are the stories that rarely make the news.

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?’

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

4OFUS EPISODE 4: HEALTHCARE – CLIVE PARKINSON & KATIE AWDAS

4OFUS EPISODE 4: HEALTHCARE – CLIVE PARKINSON & KATIE AWDAS

EPISODE 4: HEALTHCARE This episode, Lucy and Smug meet with Clive Parkinson (Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University) and Katie Awdas (Teacher) to talk about how the pandemic has affected access to health care treatment and the impact this...

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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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What are you doing this sunny weekend? Our friends @BrighterSound need your help recording sounds for SOUNDPATHS, part of MINDSCAPES. Take a walk along a specially created new route through the parks & streets of #Moston and #Harpurhey!
Find out more: https://bit.ly/2YgoyJE

Great to be working with @RothuizenJan on #MINDSCAPES in five neighbourhoods across #GreaterManchester.
Here's Jan talking about his work at TedX Rotterdam!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDHCLPGYI0Q
#mentalhealth #environment

Over the next couple of weeks we're going to bring you more information around MINDSCAPES: our new arts project exploring how our surroundings affect our mental health.
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Applications for the Cultural Hardship Fund for Freelancers close this week. If you're a freelancer in the culture or arts industries, this is your last chance to apply for financial support.
You can read more and apply here: https://www.manchester.gov.uk/chff

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What are you doing this sunny weekend? Our friends @BrighterSound need your help recording sounds for SOUNDPATHS, part of MINDSCAPES. Take a walk along a specially created new route through the parks & streets of #Moston and #Harpurhey!Find out more: bit.ly/2YgoyJE ... See MoreSee Less
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Great to be working with @RothuizenJan on #mindscapes in five neighbourhoods across #greatermanchester.Here's Jan talking about his work at TedX Rotterdam! www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDHCLPGYI0Q#mentalhealth #environment ... See MoreSee Less
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SICK! are looking for a freelance evaluation specialist to work with us between March and May 2021 to evaluate our Mindscapes programme - a 2-year cultural cooperation programme, funded by DutchCulture in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in the UK.Working with artists and arts organisations spanning performance, visual arts and digital media, the project explores the impact that our environment has on our mental wellbeing. The project features 5 new commissions, produced by Dutch artists working with local communities in Manchester, to be presented in Spring 2021, alongside a conference and a range of additional public engagement activities. We are looking for an individual/organisation who brings:• Strong experience of delivering arts evaluation projects with partners from different fields• A good knowledge of arts and health practice• Knowledge of mental health issues and how this might impact on evaluation practice• Ability to deliver effective online evaluation activityFind out more via our website: bit.ly/sickevalop ... See MoreSee Less
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Aged between 18-25? Interested in creativity? Want to be part of an exciting new online project working with artists from Manchester and Amsterdam, we want to hear from you! The project explores how the world around us affects our emotions and how we express ourselves through our surroundings. Between February and March, Theater DEGASTEN will work with young people living in Manchester and the Netherlands. Theater DEGASTEN are from AmsterdamThey make powerful, inspiring, creative projects with people facing big challenges. We're looking for young people to work with DEGASTEN via Zoom to create a digital Zine - an online animated magazine - about experiences of being stuck indoors. We'll present the Zine as part of the MINDSCAPES project in April.To create the Zine, young people will be supported to learn photography, visual art and animation skills to express thoughts and feelings about the area they live in and the effect it has on them.Get in touch with steve(at)sickfestival(dot)com #mindscapes ... See MoreSee Less
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