SICK! Festival is the antidote to the physical, mental and social challenges of life. At the forefront of the arts and health agenda, the festival brings together an outstanding international arts programme with perspectives from academic research, clinical practitioners, public health professionals, charities and most importantly, those with lived experience of the issues we address. Taking the conversation into the heart of the communities where the subjects matter most, SICK! Festival creates a shared space for experiences, reflection and connection.


In 2015, SICK! Festival won the prestigious EFFE Festivals Award, a prestigious accolade rewarding the 12 most outstanding European festivals from a pool of 760. The award reflects the organisation’s quality, innovation and international reputation as a leader in the arts, health and well-being.



Festival Team

  • Helen Medland
    Helen Medland

    Artistic 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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