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

DDD15: DEATH, DIVERSITY & DECOLONISATION

DDD15: DEATH, DIVERSITY & DECOLONISATION

SICK! Festival has been invited by Manchester Metropolitan University, on behalf of the Association ofor the Study of Death and Society to deliver a programme of cultural events as part of the 15th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and...

INHERITED RESILIENCE

INHERITED RESILIENCE

VOLUME OF POETRY FLOWS FROM CULTURAL COLLABORATION A community of like-minded black and dual heritage women from Oudtshoorn (in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape) and Moston (in Manchester in the UK), embarked on a virtual four-part journey to...

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...

Sick! Digital

INHERITED RESILIENCE

INHERITED RESILIENCE

inherited resilience A community of like-minded black and dual heritage women from Oudtshoorn (in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape) and Moston & Harpurhey (in Manchester in the UK), embarked on a virtual four-part journey to listen, share, and...

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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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News 

SMASH EXHIBITION LAUNCH: BIRDS OF A FEATHER

SMASH EXHIBITION LAUNCH: BIRDS OF A FEATHER

We're excited to announce the launch of a new photographic exhibition, Birds of a Feather, showcasing work developed by participants of our social prescribing project SMASH: EXPLORE. The launch of the exhibition will take place on Friday 8th October 2021 between 2-4pm at No. 93 Health and...

CALL OUT FOR PARTICIPANTS: DOING ZERO

CALL OUT FOR PARTICIPANTS: DOING ZERO

CAN YOU HELP YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY TO HELP THE PLANET? This September, Doing Zero brings together people from Moston and Harpurhey in Manchester and Kawangware in Nairobi, Kenya to see how local neighbourhoods can push back against the climate crisis. We are looking for people from Moston and...

DDD15: DEATH, DIVERSITY & dECOLONISATION

DDD15: DEATH, DIVERSITY & dECOLONISATION

SICK! Festival has been invited by Manchester Metropolitan University, on behalf of the Association ofor the Study of Death and Society to deliver a programme of cultural events as part of the 15th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal.  Developed in...

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The Manchester Culture awards are back in 2021 with the winners due to announced at an amazing event on 24th November.
Click to vote for your favourite!
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Our friends at ThickSkin are looking for brilliant people to join their team. They are looking for an Administrator and an Evaluator. Could this be you? Check it out here: http://www.thickskintheatre.co.uk/workwithus.
@ThickSkinTweets #artsjobs #workintheatre

Paid freelance artists opportunity... we're looking for freelance artists under the age of 30.

We're keen to work with artists working in
- large scale
- window art
- design work for posters etc
- zine design
- but ALL disciplines welcome

Info on how to apply in the image

We're excited to invite you to the launch of our #exhibition Birds of a Feather at No.93 cafe on 8th October, showcasing work developed by participants of our #socialprescribing project SMASH: EXPLORE
FIND OUT MORE
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We're excited to invite you to the launch of our exhibition Birds of a Feather at No.93 cafe on 8th October, showcasing work developed by participants of our social prescribing project SMASH: EXPLORELead artist, Chris Charles of Creative Arena, will be there as well as the EXPLORE participants, talking about their journey and the process of putting the exhibition together.Over the course of July and August our EXPLORE group alongside artist Chris Charles went on a guided programme of creative walks using photography and creative writing, encouraging participants to look differently at their environment. They explored the ways in which their environment affects their mental health, exercising whilst connecting with people from their neighbourhood with similar experiences.FIND OUT MORE: bit.ly/smashboaf#moston #harpurhey #socialprescribing #manchester #mentalhealth #exhibition #photography #neighbourhoods #creativewriting #manchesterarts #wellbeing #artsandhealth #newexperiences #letstalkaboutit ... See MoreSee Less
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Here’s a throwback to SICK! Festival 2019 interactive programme called ‘This Grief Thing’. This Grief Thing invited people to think, talk and learn about grief. It took place in a shop where people could have conversations, and buy clothing or objects. It was for both people who have experienced grief and those who haven’t. We’re living in a time where many people find death and grief – our own grief or other people’s – almost impossible to talk about. We don’t know what to say, what to do or how to act. So we stay silent, we pretend that grief doesn’t exist, or we hide it. This Grief Thing pushes against this, by opening up conversations about grief and making it visible. Visit our website for more details on past SICK! Festivals bit.ly/3hDqhmBPhoto: Richard Tymon Partner organisation: Fevered Sleep #ThisGriefThing #LetsTalkAboutIt #MentalHealth #Grief #Death #SickFestival2019 ... See MoreSee Less
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How do we create a better world? That’s the question at the heart of The Ripples of Hope Festival - a new Festival taking place this week that celebrates the power of people to make human rights a reality. The Festival's 'Weekend to Inspire', is taking place at HOME Manchester on 17-19 September 2021. Free tickets are available for those who are working with community groups, not for profits - or could just do with a little support to make it possible to come along.To access the free tickets visit forms.gle/wqvVQwz9bxtuTKPHA#Culturalevents #PowerofthePerople #EventsinManchester #RipplesofHopeFestival ... See MoreSee Less
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If you dropped an egg from a height of 9 feet, how would you protect the egg from cracking? You can only use one object to lay on the ground and you must create something to put around the egg whilst it falls…Our Mindgames participants were busy last Thursday trying to figure out a way to protect the egg, working in teams to come up with their own theories…. Mindgames is a project focused on working with young men from Finland and the UK experiencing mental health difficulties, to develop, create and promote a new interactive game that has a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.Anyways, back to our first question, how would you protect the egg? Share your comments with us below!Stay tuned for more updates by signing up to our newsletter here → bit.ly/sickfinFunded by : Finnish Institute in the UK, OglesbyCharitableTrust and Arts Council England#mindgames #mentalhealth #gaming #manchester #moston #harpurhey #gamedesign #coding #youngpeople #finland#sickfestival#letstalkaboutit ... See MoreSee Less
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