Sick! Festival presents MINDSCAPES: Manchester Mood Drawings, Manchester


Price: Free


A black and white drawing of an aerial view of a street. The caption says Manchester Mood Drawings in Orange, and there is an orange logo that says "MINDSCAPES"

Posters across Metrolink reveal what’s going on inside our minds.

What if a drawing could show you what’s inside a person’s mind? What would it tell you about who they are, how they live and what their experience of their world is? Is it like yours? Is it different?

Working with people in five neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester who have experienced mental health issues, artist Jan Rothuizen has used his distinctive and intricate drawings to map out these inner worlds. Which features of their homes and neighbourhoods shape their experiences? How do they interact with these places day-to-day? The voices of these individuals are layered over his drawings. They whisper in our ears as we look…

Jan Rothuizen is a visual artist whose work layers detailed observation of the physical environment with deep research into the personal experiences and perspectives of the people who live there. Combining drawing with text, his works have been translated into English, Spanish and Chinese. His projects have been presented in film festivals, museums and galleries. He made the inter-active award-winning documentary Refugee Republic about a refugee camp in Iraq and the VR animated film Drawing Room.

Manchester Mood Drawings is part of MINDSCAPES, a series of brand new artworks and online events happening in Manchester during Spring 2021.

It explores how the world around us – our homes, our streets, our cities – affects our mental health and the way we feel about our lives, in both positive and negative ways.

There’ll be public artworks, online games, poetry on the streets and an interactive phone app giving you a whole new perspective on where you live, and much more.

All metrolink sites have level access


At all Metrolink stations across the Manchester Metrolink network

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