welkom bij MINDSCAPES

welcome to mindscapes

Join SICK! Festival for MINDSCAPES – a series of artworks, conversations and online events taking place between 19th April – 16th May 2021, 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.

MINDSCAPES works with artists in the UK and The Netherlands to explore neighbourhoods in Manchester, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

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 and this is reflected in both the work itself and how it will be presented, making it accessible to audiences in The Netherlands and the UK. 

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, Aidan Moesby, Mike Emmerik, 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


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.



Think you know the sounds where you live?

Whether you’re looking to explore your neighbourhood, take a gentle stroll or go for an energetic run, Soundpaths will take you on a sonic journey around Amsterdam, overlaid with the sounds and stories of Moston & Harpurhey in Manchester – via music and sound from a phone app. Feel your mood lift as GPS tracks where you are along the route, changing the soundtrack to boost your physical and mental wellbeing.

Amsterdam-based composer Yonatan Collier has been working with communities in Moston and Harpurhey, and Brighter Sound, recording the hums of nature and the urban landscape and incorporating them into his music, creating an experience that is both new and familiar. 


From 19 April 2021, oNLINE

While Waiting, Wait Here is an interactive website to be explored online which represents the experience of being stuck in a system, going around in circles, hitting dead ends and being constantly watched into a game.

 Developed by Rotterdam-based artist Merel Smitt, and based on the stories of staff and service users at Yes Manchester, While Waiting, Wait Here has taken the reality of lives kept on hold and powerless to expose the systems, language and policies on which Universal Credit is based. It aims to start a conversation about whether these things can be changed to offer a more human and humane experience.


From 19 April 2021, oNLINE

How does the space around you impact on the way you see things and the way you feel?

Theater DEGASTEN have been working with young people growing up in care in both The Netherlands and Manchester as well as with a small group of young creatives from Manchester to produce a ‘living zine’ where their experiences of their homes and bedrooms – spaces internal and external – during a global pandemic is offered as a record of these strange times and a means to connect with the experiences of others.

Amsterdam based artists Elza Jo and Raul Balai create portraits of the young people taking part, giving further voice to those who want to speak rather than be spoken about.