Let’s Talk About It!


SICK! Festival faces up to the complexities of mental and physical health. We present an outstanding international arts programme, weaving in perspectives from researchers, clinical practitioners, public health professionals, charities and those with lived experience of the issues we address. Themes are explored through many art forms – dance, theatre, film, spoken word – and through discussion and debate. We present and commission powerful, innovative and engaging work by artists from across Manchester, the UK and the world.  We take the conversation into the heart of the communities where the subjects matter most as well as major cultural venues.

SICK! Festival has grown and evolved since 2013, emerging from reflections on our own lives and the lives of people around us to embrace issues of wider significance for communities and deep importance for individuals. We are constantly guided by those communities and individuals, who ground our work in real-life experience, huge knowledge and immense understanding of the sensitivities of emotive issues. All too often these subjects are kept away from public view and debate. We exist to change that.

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Our Team

Helen Medland

CEO/Artistic Director

Tim Harrison

Creative Director

Celia Makin-Bell

Executive Director

Zoe Martinez

Operations Manager

Steve Vickers

Creative Producer

Our Trustees

Rowena Burns

Chair of Manchester Science Partnerships and Health Innovation Manchester

Paul Ferry

Executive Chairman of gbpartnerships

Professor Sandeep Ranote

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Medical Director - Northwest Boroughs Healthcare NHSFT; GM CAMHS Clinical Lead; Visiting Professor in Mental Health - University of Salford & University of Chester

Duncan Craig

Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Survivors Manchester

Our Opportunities

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