WELCOME TO MINDSCAPES

CONFERENCES AND CONTEXTUAL EVENTS

The world around us can have a huge impact on our wellbeing and mental health.

SICK! Festival presents MINDSCAPES – a series of artworks and online events happening from 19th April until 16th May 2021.

Join SICK!, for a series of conversations, workshops, screenings and conferences exploring 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.

Working with Kunstinstituut Melly, Theater Zuidplein, Design Manchester and Urban Psyche the programme brings together artists, city leaders, health practitioners, academics, community workers and activists – all with a keen interest in exploring mental health in the urban environment.

Developed with Dutch Embassy in the UK and funded by DutchCulture, MINDSCAPES explores many themes that feel more important than ever in the light of how COVID has affected the way we live. This is reflected in both the work itself and how it will be presented, making it safe and accessible to all.

THE GREAT DEBATE

TUESDAY 20 April 2021, 18.30 – 20.00 (uk), 19.30 – 21.00 (eUROPE)

How come the most densely populated areas in the world are also some of the loneliest?

What makes cities so exciting and liveable, yet for some so unforgiving? Cities are associated with higher rates of most mental health problems compared to rural areas. Can we design our cities to make them more supportive of people and conducive to mental health and wellbeing? What part do residents and communities play in co-designing new solutions?

On 20 April 2021 Design Manchester will be holding their delayed seventh Great Debate as a virtual Zoom event, in partnership with SICK! Festival and Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam

WORKSHOP: MOSTON & HARPURHEY MEETS ZUIDPLEIN

WEDNESDAY 21 April 2021 17.00 – 19.00 (UK) / 18.00 – 20.00 (EUROPE)

If your neighbourhood was a person, what would they be like?

Friendly or prickly? Confident or self-critical? Serious or funny? And how did they end up that way?

We invite people who live or work in Moston & Harpurhey in Manchester and Zuidplein in Rotterdam to take a fresh look at where they live with psychological city investigators Urban Psyche. They use techniques normally used by psychiatrists to understand places rather than people. Join this online workshop with Urban Psyche to talk about what makes your neighbourhood tick.

welcome to my world

Wednesday 21st April 2021, 19.00 – 20.30 (UK) / 20.00 – 21.30 (Europe)

Four film-makers, two from Manchester and two from Rotterdam, explore the neighbourhoods they grew up in and the streets where they live now.

Developed with Theater Zuidplein in Rotterdam, these four thought-provoking short films reveal the barriers and inequalities encountered in the places we call home.

The premieres of these films will be followed by live conversations with the film makers, and an opportunity for you to share your own thoughts about the space you call home.

mindscapes conference: day 1

Thursday 22nd April 16.00 – 20.00 (UK) / 17.00 – 21.00 (Europe)

The impact of the world around us can have a huge impact on our wellbeing and mental health. Over two evenings, SICK! in Manchester and Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam will present six panel discussions examining the different ways we can be affected by our environment.

The first day explores three themes: Fresh Air, Freedom of Movement and Institutions of Care

Panellists include: Jini Reddy, Mark Frith, Ruth Fabby, Dr Stefan White, Mike Emmerik, Aidan Moesby, Richard Bennaars, Marieke van Rooy, Wilco Tuinebreijer

mindscapes conference: day 2

Friday 23rd April 16.00 – 20.00 (UK) / 17.00 – 21.00 (Europe)

The impact of the world around us can have a huge impact on our wellbeing and mental health. Over two evenings, SICK! in Manchester and Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam will present six panel discussions examining the different ways we can be affected by our environment.

The second day explores three themes: Staying In, The Digital Effect and Care & Cultural Spaces

Panellists include: Jackie Hagan, Hamja Ahsan, Moosje M Goosen, Robin van den Akker, Prof. Sandeep Ranote, Joe Strickland, Prof, Ian Tucker, Alex Coulter, Pelin Basaran, Esther Vossen