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

  • Siobhan Harwood
    Siobhan Harwood

    Programme Manager


  • Chair: Alan McCarthy
    Chair: Alan McCarthy

    Chair of Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Ashley Hofman
    Ashley Hofman

    EDF energy, legal department

  • Amanda Jones
    Amanda Jones

    Deputy Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Festival

  • Jamie Watton
    Jamie Watton

    Chief Executive and Artistic Director, South East Dance

  • Di Smith
    Di Smith

    Independent Consultant, Education and Children's Services

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