SICK! CARS CALL OUT for participants

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.

Each one will be covered with graphic stories and poetry, representing the experiences and thoughts of the young men on topics such as violence, fatherhood, sex, money and mental health.

The cars will be presented at a series of public events and exhibitions around Manchester as part of SICK! Festival in May 2022.

Developed and delivered by leading Visual Artist Woodrow Phoenix with Theatre Director and Poet Courtney Hayles, you will take part in a short series of workshops. The content of the workshops will be used to create the vinyl wrap designs for the cars.

You do not need any previous experience of poetry or visual art. All participants will receive £200 for taking part in the project.


You will need to be available for 2 workshops a week between 25th Jan – 10th Feb 2022 on evenings between 5.30 – 7.30pm.


If you are interested in taking part or would like to know more about what’s involved please email or call 07949 546135 by 19th January 2022.

Harpurhey Neighbourhood Project
Auto Trader

Manchester City Council
Peter Sowerby Foundation
Oglesby Charitable Trust

An illustration of a grey car with bright pink and black splashes across it