WELCOME TO MINDSCAPES

THINGS TO DO IN MOSTON, HARPURHEY AND MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE

Looking for something different to do in Manchester? Something to give you a new perspective on where you live and how you feel about it?

MINDSCAPES is a series of new artworks and online events happening in Manchester from 19th April until 16th May 2021.

Throughout Spring 2021 you’ll find them in public spaces in Moston, Harpurhey and Manchester City Centre, from open air parks, to streets and pavements, to the Metrolink and online, so that anyone can take part. They explore 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.

There’s public artworks, poetry on the streets and an interactive phone app giving you a whole new perspective on where you live, and much more.

And it’s all FREE.

Enjoy exploring Manchester with your friends and family in an outdoors, covid-safe environment.

MINDSCAPES is the result of a two-year collaboration between artists and arts organisations in Manchester and The Netherlands who have been working together with local communities.

JAN ROTHUIZEN: MANCHESTER MOOD DRAWINGS

Poster sites across the Metrolink Network, MONDAY 19TH APRIL – SUNDAY 16TH MAY

What if a drawing could show you what’s inside a person’s mind?

What would it tell you about who they are, how they live and what their experience of their world is? Is it like yours? Is it different?

Working with people in five neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester who have experienced mental health issues, artist Jan Rothuizen has used his distinctive and intricate drawings to map out their internal reflections on the world around them. Which features of their homes and neighbourhoods shape their experiences? How do they interact with these places day-to-day? The voices of these individuals are layered over his drawings. They whisper in our ears as we look…

YONATAN COLLIER: SOUNDPATHS – MOSTON & HARPURHEY

Online / Moston & Harpurhey FROM MONDAY 19TH APRIL

What would the soundtrack to your neighbourhood be like?

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 through the parks and streets of Moston and Harpurhey.

Amsterdam-based composer Yonatan Collier has been working with local communities and Brighter Sound, recording the hums of nature and the urban landscape and incorporating them into 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, giving you a breath of fresh air in more ways than one.

ELTEN KIENE & SJAAN FLIKWEERT: STREETS OF POETRY

MOSTON, HARPURHEY & mANCHESTER CITY CENTRE FROM MONDAY 19TH APRIL

Imagine if your streets could talk.

Imagine if the pavements where we walk every day could tell you the stories of people who have travelled across the world to be there. What feelings would they share about your neighbourhood and what memories might they reveal of the places left behind?

Dutch poets Elten Kiene and Sjaan Flikweert from The Netherlands, and Manchester-based poets Saf Elsenossi and Ella Otomewo, supported by Young Identity, have worked with migrant communities in Moston and Harpurhey to create a collection of new poems that reflect their sense of place and identity. Visual artist Jess Loveday transforms these poems into beautiful designs which will appear, blast cleaned, into the pavements of Moston, Harpurhey and Manchester City Centre.

MEREL SMITT: WHILE WAITING, WAIT HERE

From Monday 19th April, Online

Accessing Universal Credit is a frustrating, dehumanising experience that can feel like you’re part of a terrible game.

 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.

THEATER DEGASTEN: //OUTSIDEIN//

From Monday 19th April, Online

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

Artists 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.

THE GREAT DEBATE: MIND AND THE CITY

With Design Manchester & Kunstinstituut Melly

Tuesday 20 April 2021,18.30 – 20.00 (UK), 19.30 – 21.00 (Europe) ONLINE

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?

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

With Urban Psyche

Wednesday 21 April 2021 17.00 – 19.00 (UK) / 18.00 – 20.00 (Europe), ONLINE

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.

 Do you live in Moston, Harpurhey or Zuidplein? 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 emotionally powerful short films reveal the barriers and inequalities encountered in the places we call home.

MINDSCAPES CONFERENCE: DAY 1

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

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

mindscapes conference: day 2

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

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