MINDSCAPES art festival in Manchester and Rotterdam

MINDSCAPES art festival takes place in Manchester and Rotterdam simultaneously this spring. Five works by artists from the Netherlands form the foundation of this festival, organised by SICK! Festival Manchester and various partners in the Manchester and Rotterdam. The digital part of the festival, freely accessible for audiences worldwide, runs from 19 to 23 April 2021 and various 'artist in conversation' videos will be released in the run up to the festival.

MINDSCAPES art festival

MINDSCAPES explores how the world around us – our homes, our streets, our cities – affects our mental health and well-being, in both positive and negative ways.

MINDSCAPES is the result of a two-year collaboration between artists and arts organisations in Manchester and The Netherlands who have been working together with local communities. The five works made by Dutch artists have been created with input from people suffering from stresses in their environment and are also based on conversations the artists have had with care professionals.

The five artworks created by artists from the Netherlands are:

Cultural conversation-starters

A lot more will be happening during MINDSCAPES. The five art projects are the start of many conversations.

On 20 April is The Great Debate: Mind and the City about the impact of the design of the built environment on people's mental health, organised by Design Manchester in partnership with Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam.

On 21 April is Welcome To My World short film screenings with two film-makers from Rotterdam and two from Manchester.

And on 22 and 23 April there is a two-day conference about the effects of our environment on our mental well-being.

Supported by the Dutch Embassy in the UK

MINDSCAPES has been commissioned by SICK! Festival in Manchester and is funded by DutchCulture in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in the UK. The festival is the result of a two-year collaboration between arts organisations and artists in Manchester and The Netherlands who have been working together and within local Manchester communities.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is always looking for well-established cultural institutions in the UK that want to give their audiences access to Dutch culture. More information can be found on netherlandsandyou.nl/uk/culture.