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



Oglesby Charitable Trust support SICK!’s 10-year programme in Moston and Harpurhey

Oglesby Charitable Trust has agreed a 5-year funding investment to SICK! Productions to support their 10 year programme of creative projects in Moston and Harpurhey and a series of commissions with leading local and international artists. Find out more about our work in the community and how this funding will support our long-term commitment.

13.11.20 - Zoe Martinez

Artist Opportunity: Commissions for SICK! Festival 2022

Open call for artists: The Finnish Institute in collaboration with SICK! Festival are commissioning two new pieces of work dealing with key societal issues: one will focus on the complexities of mental health during the menopause and another focusing on mental health of young men in today’s society and the challenges they face. Find out more about these commissions and how to apply.

11.11.20 - Zoe Martinez


SICK! Festival is looking for new members to join its board of Trustees. We are looking to recruit at least four Trustees over the next twelve months as we grow our work in the local community and plan for SICK! Festival 2022. No previous Board experience is needed.  Read more about SICK! Festival and the role of its Trustees.

06.11.20 - Zoe Martinez


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

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