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. SICK! Festival presents and commissions 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 (Founder)

Paul Cocker

Head of Business Development

Steve Vickers

Creative Producer

Tracy Gentles

Creative Consultant


Paul Ferry

Duncan Craig

Prof. Sandeep Ranote

Alka Ruia

Joe Strickland

John McLuckie



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

Term: One year fixed term. Monthly group meetings for 12 months

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


We’re looking for a dynamic and inspirational individual to join us, to work closely with me and our fantastic team to help us achieve our potential and grow our impact and reach.

Someone who brings experience of socially-engaged practice, managing budgets, and seeing commissions through for inception to evaluation, who is also passionate about, and interested in, the areas in which SICK! operates – arts, health, diversity, community development and international work.

Find out more about the role and how to apply here: Creative Producer Commissioning or download our Application Pack here: Application Pack: Creative Producer (commissioning)