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

  • Conor Powers
    Conor Powers

    Marketing Manager


  • Chair: Alan McCarthy
    Chair: Alan McCarthy

    Chair of Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Jon Rouse
    Jon Rouse

    Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

  • Rowena Burns
    Rowena Burns

    Chair of Manchester Science Partnerships and Health Innovation Manchester

  • Paul Ferry
    Paul Ferry

    Executive Chairman of gbpartnerships

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