Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Mindscapes: Soundpaths
Image courtesy of Brighter Sound /SICK! Festival.

19 April — 16 May 2021 Entrance is free — Visit now

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.

19 April — 16 May 2021 Entrance is free Visit now


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Where to go near MINDSCAPES

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City Centre
Capri’s Cucina Italiana

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The Feel Good Club exterior
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Feel Good Club

Our flagship Feel Good Club in Manchester, open 7 days a week, providing a beautiful friendly environment for coffee, brunch, lunch, cocktails and beers with an amazing selection of non alcoholic beverages too.

Bar or Pub
Finders Keepers

Welcoming waterside bar in New Islington Marina, serving a wide array of carefully-curated cocktails.

City Centre

Highly-regarded wine-led, French-leaning wine bar and rooftop restaurant in the city centre.

Image licensed with iStock.
Stockport Central Library

Stockport Central Library is a Carnegie library, built 1913–15 in the Edwardian Baroque style. It continues to serve as Stockport’s largest library.

The Edge exterior
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The Edge, Wigan

Opened in September 2017, The Edge Arena is Wigan’s performance, conference and event venue.


Hummingbird is one of Liverpool’s most stylish and timeless cocktail bars.

City Centre

Elegant cocktail bar in the centre of Manchester, with a relaxed atmosphere and wonderfully friendly staff.

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