Mindscapes: Soundpaths
Image courtesy of Brighter Sound /SICK! Festival.

MINDSCAPES

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Created by SICK! Festival, MINDSCAPES is a collection of five inspirational brand-new artworks and online events happening in Manchester for free this spring.

With an exciting year-round programme of activity, SICK! Festival makes just the kind of art we crave: challenging, entertaining and always looking to change the world for the better. Working with marginalised communities, SICK! aims to tackle those subjects which are often kept hidden from public view and debate. Produced by SICK!, MINDSCAPES is the result of an exciting two-year collaboration between artists in Manchester and The Netherlands who have been working creatively with people from local communities in Manchester.

Brand-new artworks and online events happening in Manchester for free this spring.

For MINDSCAPES,  artworks will be popping up around the city – you’ll find them in public spaces like parks and Metrolink stations and also online. Perfectly accessible for everyone to enjoy and talk about, the works are set to explore how the spaces around us – the city, our neighbourhoods and our homes – affect our mental health and the way we navigate through our lives. For the last 12 months, we’ve all spent a lot more time at home – anchored to our local area – due to the coronavirus pandemic and current travel restrictions. MINDSCAPES cleverly taps into this shared human experience to open up an important conversation around mental health and the places we inhabit.

Opening up an important conversation around mental health and the places we inhabit.

Featuring a varied programme, MINDSCAPES will bring public artwork, digital games, poetry on the streets and an interactive phone app.

In addition to the five new commissions, there will also be online talks, discussions and film screenings exploring the MINDSCAPES project and its central themes around mental health and where we live.

Here are our picks

  • 1. MINDSCAPES: While Waiting, Wait Here – Merel Smitt

    Mindscapes While Waiting, Wait Here
    Image courtesy of Merel Smitt/SICK! Festival.

    MINDSCAPES: While Waiting, Wait Here - Merel Smitt, online, Until 16 May 2022, free entry - Visit now

    Created in collaboration with service users and staff, this interactive online game explores the benefits system and the process of applying for Universal Credit.

  • 2. MINDSCAPES: //OUTSIDEIN// – Theater DEGASTEN

    Mindscapes //OUTSIDEIN//
    Image courtesy of Theater DEGASTEN/SICK! Festival.

    MINDSCAPES: //OUTSIDEIN// - Theater DEGASTEN, online, Until 16 May 2022, free entry - Visit now

    A brand-new online work created by young people and care institutions across Manchester in collaboration with Amsterdam-based Theater DEGASTEN.