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.

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“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

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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...

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SOUNDPATHS TRAILER

SOUNDPATHS TRAILER

Think you know all about where you live? Think again, as Soundpaths provides a breath of fresh air in more ways than one. Whether you’re looking to explore the neighbourhood, take a gentle stroll or go for an energetic run, Soundpaths will take you on a sonic journey...

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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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SICK! FESTIVAL MICRO COMMISSIONS

SICK! FESTIVAL MICRO COMMISSIONS

In July 2021, SICK! Festival has a Micro-commissioning fund of £6000 for 1-3 projects by  early career artists in Greater Manchester and the North West. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR? We are seeking commissions that explore the most challenging and important issues that face communities today. We are...

MINDGAMES: CALL OUT FOR PARTICIPANTS

MINDGAMES: CALL OUT FOR PARTICIPANTS

Are you young (18-25), identify as male and live in Finland or North Manchester (UK)? Do you enjoy playing video games and have an interest in game design? Have you struggled with your mental health or supported someone else who has struggled with theirs? Are you looking for a new challenge? If...

SMASH: SICK! MENTAL HEALTH ARTS PROGRAMME

SMASH: SICK! MENTAL HEALTH ARTS PROGRAMME

As part of our 10-year commitment to Moston and Harpurhey we have launched SICK! Mental Health Arts Programme (SMASH) a creative social prescribing project offering a range of creative, innovative experiences designed to: Help improve how participants feel Increase their understanding of mental...

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Are you 18-25, identify as male, in Finland?
If you've struggled with your mental health (or supported someone with theirs) and are interested in game design, you could get €500 and learn new skills as part of our Mindgames project.
FIND OUT MORE: https://bit.ly/sickfin

Are you 18-25, identify as male, in north Manchester?
If you've struggled with your mental health (or supported someone with theirs) and are interested in game design, you could get £500 and learn new skills as part of our Mindgames project.
FIND OUT MORE: https://bit.ly/sickfin

We're excited to announce we have a Kickstart role, available to young people on Universal Credit. Come and join our Marketing & Communications team here at SICK!
SPEAK TO YOUR KICKSTART COACH ABOUT THIS ROLE:
KICKSTART REF: KSEE362AAE

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KICKSTART VACANCY AT SICK! FESTIVAL!The Kickstart Scheme is a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded job opportunity for young people to gain experience of working in some of Britain’s most exciting companies.We’re looking for someone with great communication skills and ideas, someone who loves learning and has an interest in getting to know more about marketing.We need someone to help us with practical everyday marketing and communications tasks, like contributing to our social media content, putting together images and words for our website and publications.You’ll also be enrolled in The Factory Academy’s Kickstart Creative scheme – a wraparound scheme delivered by Manchester International Festival designed to complement the Kickstart scheme. This scheme provides wraparound experiential learning and boosts student’s employability and self-confidence during and beyond Kickstart employment.SPEAK TO YOUR KICKSTART COACH ABOUT THIS ROLE:KICKSTART REF: KSEE362AAE ... See MoreSee Less
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SICK! FESTIVAL MICRO COMMISSIONS ARE HEREIn July 2021, SICK! Festival has a Micro-commissioning fund of £6000 for 1-3 projects by early career artists in Greater Manchester and the North West. We are seeking commissions that explore the most challenging and important issues that face communities today. We are seeking projects that look to the future with hope, that are rooted in trust and shared experience, that shine a light on our rights and our responsibilities, and that show us that change is possible.We ARE looking to support projects rooted in the wider experience of people and communities in the city, that draw on substantial research or partnerships with community-based organisations, healthcare providers, charities or academic researchers. We are looking for projects that employ different forms, processes and types of engagement with audiences. We want to hear from artists whose work crosses boundaries between performance, visual art, literature, film, music and digital practices.As well as financial support, bursaries will include creative advice sessions, support in building collaborations with community, healthcare and academic partners as well as an opportunity to present work at SICK! Festival in May 2022.We want to work with artists from all sections of society and we welcome proposals from people who are currently under represented in the arts including people who face discrimination as a result of racism, those who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled.FIND OUT MORE: bit.ly/sfmcjuly ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Are you young (18-25), identify as male and live in north Manchester?Do you enjoy playing video games and have an interest in game design?Have you struggled with your mental health or supported someone else who has struggled with theirs?Are you looking for a new challenge?If the answer to all these questions is ‘yes’, we want to hear from you!Find out more: bit.ly/sickfinParticipants will receive £500 for their involvement in the project.MINDGAMES is a new project that explores mental health through game design. How does gaming make you feel? Is it possible to make games that express what it’s like to struggle with mental health? Can you create new games that actually help people to feel better? Could you design a game that people around the world would want to play?Working together with professional game designers, a group of 5 young men from North Manchester and 5 from Finland will learn new skills and create a prototype game that reflects the Mental Health experiences of the group. Through a series of online workshops, participants will learn about visual design, creating stories, music and sound design, coding and all the other skills required to make a game from scratch. The project will last from August 2021 through to April 2022, requiring an initial commitment of 2 hours a week. You don’t need any experience of game development, coding, visual or sound design but you must be up for a challenge… HOW TO APPLYIf you are interested, we need to know a little about you:• Who you are, your interests and how you spend your time? • What interests you about this project?• What aspects of gaming would you most like to learn? (Visual design, coding, creating stories, sound design, project management…)You can tell us this in writing (Max 1 side of A4) or in a 2-3 minute audio or video recording.We will arrange to have an informal chat with shortlisted applicants.Deadline: 23rd July 2021Send your applications to Steve Vickers: steve@sickfestival.comFunded by : Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland, Oglesby Charitable Trust and Arts Council England ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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😀WE'RE RECRUITING! 😀We've got two new roles in our team here at SICK! Festival - Executive Director and Marketing & Communications Officer.We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and we actively welcome candidates who are currently underrepresented in the arts including people who face discrimination as a result of racism, those who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled.Take a look: sickfestival.com/about/#ouropportunitiesEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (F/T): Closing Date 07/07/21looking for a dynamic and proactive individual who will work with us to build on our successes and support our expanding global and local activity. With a secure foundation in place, this is an exciting time to join our ambitious and creative organisation.We are looking for someone who brings ethical business leadership, a proven track record of fundraising and strong financial management skills. We would love to hear from people who are also passionate about the areas in which SICK! operates – arts, health, diversity, community development and international work.MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER(P/T) 12/07/21We're looking for someone with great communication skills and ideas who loves getting involved in a variety of projects and is passionate about communications and marketing. With a secure foundation in place, this is an exciting time to join our ambitious and creative organisation.We need someone to help drive implementation of audience development and marketing strategies and action plans, contributing to designing and delivering marketing campaigns and build and sustain healthy stakeholder partnerships, as well as other digital, content and planning responsibilities.Take a look: sickfestival.com/about/#ouropportunities ... See MoreSee Less
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