ABOUT US

 

SICK! Festival places art at the heart of positive health and health at the heart of outstanding art. Through creation, presentation and public conversation, we empower diverse communities to confront the physical, mental and social challenges that we face in our individual and collective lives.

 

We deliver an outstanding international arts programme, weaving in perspectives from research, clinical practitioners, public health professionals, charities and those with lived experience of issues addressed – culminating in a high-profile, biennial international festival. Themes are explored through many art forms – dance, theatre, public installation – and through lectures and debates.

 

SICK! takes the conversation into the heart of the communities where the subjects matter most and to major cultural centres, providing common ground where differing perspectives come together in shared exploration. The issues we examine are difficult: sexuality, identity, mental illness, ageing, death – the very stuff of being human. They are also deeply personal and often kept away from public debate. We exist to change that.

 

 

Festival Team

  • Helen Medland
    Helen Medland

    CEO/Artistic Director

  • Ralph Kennedy
    Ralph Kennedy

    Executive Director

  • Tim Harrison
    Tim Harrison

    Creative Director

  • Rosalyne Norford
    Rosalyne Norford

    Executive Assistant

Trustees

  • Chair: Alan McCarthy
    Chair: Alan McCarthy

    Chair of Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Ashley Hofman
    Ashley Hofman

    EDF energy, legal department

  • Di Smith
    Di Smith

    Independent Consultant, Education and Children's Services

Latest Jobs & Opportunities

Graphic Encounters Call Out

  We are calling for expressions of interest from comics’ artists to take part in the upcoming project Graphic Encounters. Graphic Encounters brings together outstanding female comics artists with women experiencing health problems related to social inequalities in Manchester. The project, a collaboration between SICK! Festival and the Research Impact and Public Engagement Team at Manchester […]