Let’s Talk About It!

Our Story


SICK! Festival faces up to the complexities of mental and physical health. We present an outstanding international arts programme, weaving in perspectives from researchers, clinical practitioners, public health professionals, charities and those with lived experience of the issues we address. Themes are explored through many art forms – dance, theatre, film, spoken word – and through discussion and debate. We present and commission powerful, innovative and engaging work by artists from across Manchester, the UK and the world.  We take the conversation into the heart of the communities where the subjects matter most as well as major cultural venues.
SICK! Festival has grown and evolved since 2013, emerging from reflections on our own lives and the lives of people around us to embrace issues of wider significance for communities and deep importance for individuals. We are constantly guided by those communities and individuals, who ground our work in real-life experience, huge knowledge and immense understanding of the sensitivities of emotive issues. All too often these subjects are kept away from public view and debate. We exist to change that.


Our Team 

Helen Medland

CEO/Artistic Director

Tim Harrison

Creative Director

Steve Vickers

Creative Producer

Zoe Martinez

Operations Manager

Anne Nwakalor

Marketing & Comms Officer

Hannah Hills

Digital Comms & Community Engagement Assistant


Paul Ferry

Duncan Craig

Prof. Sandeep Ranote

Alka Ruia

Joe Strickland

John McLuckie



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 to support our Programme team with delivering the next SICK! Festival. This would suit someone with great communication skills and ideas, someone who has a great work ethic and good problem-solving skills We need someone to help us with promoting and recruiting for community engagement and participatory projects, helping to set up events and exhibitions and general support with the programme team in the lead up to the Festival. SPEAK TO YOUR KICKSTART COACH ABOUT THIS ROLE: KICKSTART REF: KS167A53AA  


Do you care about Moston or Harpurhey? We are looking for 8-10 community ambassadors to help us connect with the neighbourhood

Term: one year fixed term. Monthly group meetings between February 2022 – February 2023

We will offer a £75 contribution for your time each month

You will attend monthly meetings to discuss issues that are important in the area, help us come up with new ideas and look at how we communicate with the wider community.

Find out more about the process and how to apply: GET YOUR VOICE HEARD! BECOME AN AMBASSADOR



Are you young (18-25), male living in North Manchester?
Do you like car modding culture & design? Are you interested in exploring the challenges young men face growing up? Are you looking for a new challenge?

If the answer to all these questions is ‘yes’, we want to hear from you!

Participants will receive £200 for their involvement in the project.

SICK! CARS is a new project exploring complex and challenging questions about masculinity. The project will work with a small number of young men to create 2 ‘vinyl-wrapped’ cars.

Find out more about the process and how to apply: SICK! CARS CALL OUT