Cornerhouse is a centre for cinema and the contemporary visual arts located very close to Oxford Road Station, on Oxford Street in Manchester, England. It has three floors of art galleries, three cinemas, a bookshop, a bar and a café bar.
Cornerhouse occupies two buildings. The main building, on 70 Oxford Street, was built for John Shaw in the early 1900s and was a furniture store run by the family until it closed in 1985. The building on the other side of the approach to the station was built as a cinema and went through many changes of name (News Theatre, Essoldo, Classic, Tatler Cinema Club).
Cornerhouse was conceived by the Greater Manchester Visual Arts Trust, chaired by Sir Bob Scott. It opened with the support of the then Greater Manchester County Council and Manchester City Council, North West Arts Association (now part of Arts Council England) and the British Film Institute.
Cornerhouse's first Director was Dewi Lewis, who had previously been Director of Bury Metro Arts. The building opened on 3 October 1985. The first film screened (on 18 October) was Nic Roeg's Insignificance. Dave Moutrey has been Director and CEO since 1998.
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The Cornerhouse's programme offers independent cinema and contemporary art in the galleries. Cornerhouse’s contemporary visual art programme is dedicated to launching artists who have not received major institutional recognition in Britain. It also lets mid-career artists realise new projects in commissions and exhibitions on and off-site. The visual arts programme presents works in all media, with an emphasis on film and video that has a strong link with the film programme.
Cornerhouse produces or co-produces all of its exhibitions and produces a programme for each show. A regular feature of its visual arts programme is international group exhibitions which explore socio-political concerns. In 2011, Cornerhouse launched Artist Film, a project for the production and distribution longer films, starting with Gillian Wearing’s Self Made. Cornerhouse is an partner in the plus Tate programme.
Cornerhouse is an independent cinema. On average, 30 titles are screened across the three screens every month. The cinemas are open seven days a week, with daily matinee and evening performances (no matinees on Monday), making a total of almost 3,500 screenings annually.
Cornerhouse film programme is international in scope and offers new and innovative film and video alongside more familiar work. This results in the screening of new films and re-releases; second runs of overlooked or underrated titles; classic and archive material; shorts, animation and documentary; avant garde film and television; and foreign-language films. Alongside a variety of touring film programmes, Cornerhouse also runs two festivals every year ¡Viva! Spanish[n 1] and Latin American Film Festival and exposures.[n 2]
- The ¡Viva! Spanish website is here.
- The exposures website is here.
- As examples: Chris Steele-Perkins, The Pleasure Principle (1989, ISBN 0948797509); Nick Waplington, Living Room (1991, ISBN 0948797568); Bruce Gilden, Facing New York (1992, ISBN 094879707X); Richard Misrach and Susan Sontag, Violent Legacies (1992, ISBN 0948797274); Robert Frank, The Americans, new ed. (1993, ISBN 0948797835, ISBN 0948797827).
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