A groundbreaking new public-facing arts project – beginning in March 2021 – will see artists from The Netherlands and Manchester come together both online and in local communities to create challenging artistic responses to issues around mental health in our cities.
Supported by Dutch Culture in partnership with the Dutch Embassy.



In Spring 2021, MINDSCAPES will create five new projects spanning performance, visual and digital arts stimulating dialogue, knowledge-sharing and network-building between organisations from across a wide range of sectors in Manchester and the Netherlands.
Supported by Dutch Culture in partnership with the Dutch Embassy.



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SICK! Festival

“We like to think that we’re beyond taboos, that nothing is off bounds any more. But, when it comes to the health of our bodies and minds and the universal, inescapable experience of death, we’re still pretty tight-lipped. In attempting to break the silence and confront the unspoken – often with humour and imagination – SICK! Festival has a vital role to play.” 
The Guardian **** review SICK! Festival 2019


SICK! Festival

In venues and public spaces across Greater Manchester, SICK! Festival 2019 presented an outstanding international programme of new commissions, performances, public installations, exhibitions, films and public conversations, asking the question: ‘What is the value of a human life?’

70 individual artworks/presentations / 129 performances/exhibition days

95 workshops / 175 artists/performers from 9 countries

36 new commissions / 898,000 audience




Manchester-based SICK! Festival and Young Identity are seeking poets, poetry collectives and/or spoken word artists for a major new commissioning programme entitled MINDSCAPES.

We are looking for an artist(s) to be part of a “reverse graffiti” poetry project embedding the experiences of migrant communities in North Manchester into the physical landscapes where they live

We are looking for an artist(s) who has a potential to engage a broad and diverse audience, with experience of working with and developing work within communities to reflect the lived experience of individuals engaged in the process. 

16.03.20 - Conor Powers

Call Out for Artists: Old Devils

We are seeking artists over the age of 60 who identify as women, and who have an interest in or were involved in radical social and cultural changes. We would like to hear from artists from any artistic discipline.
We are looking for two UK-based artists to take part in an Artists Research Lab in Basel Switzerland kicking off the Old Devils project. Participation in the lab is a paid opportunity. We are seeking artists from any art form, aged over 60 years who feel a particular affinity with radical movements now and in the past. The Lab will be an opportunity to talk and share ideas with artists and other individuals involved in radical social and cultural movements from the UK and Switzerland.

11.03.20 - Conor Powers

Call out for Workshop Leaders & Artists – SMASH: Student Mental Health Service

GM CAMHS (Greater Manchester Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) have invested in SICK! to develop, deliver and evaluate a pilot programme as part of its new strategy for student mental health and deliver a range of creative activities over the course of 2020/21.
We are asking for submissions from artists and workshop leaders to deliver workshops and creative conversations as part of this project.

05.03.20 - Zoe Martinez

Call out for Dutch Artists, Composers and Sound Artists: MINDSCAPES

SICK! Festival and Brighter Sound are seeking Dutch musicians, composers and sound artists for a major new commissioning programme: MINDSCAPES. Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2020.

04.02.20 - Zoe Martinez

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