HOME (Manchester)

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General information
Status Under construction
Type Arts Centre
Location First Street,
Greater Manchester,
Construction started 2013

HOME will be a centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film in Manchester when it opens in May 2015[1] as part of the First Street development. HOME was formed by the merger of two Manchester-based arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company.[2]

The project is funded by Manchester City Council,[3] Arts Council England[4] and the Garfield Weston Foundation.[5] HOME operates under a service contract with Manchester council stating that HOME will provide social benefit to the community.[6]

In 2014, it was announced that award-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle would become a patron,[7] along with actress and comedian Meera Syal,[8] director Nicholas Hytner, novelist and poetJackie Kay, BAFTA winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, actress Suranne Jones, Turner Prize nominated artist Phil Collins[9] and Visual Artist Rosa Barba[10]


In April 2012 Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company announced they were to merge.[2] The project is being overseen by Dave Moutrey,[11] former Director and Chief Executive of Cornerhouse, with Sarah Perks as Artistic Director for Visual Arts, Jason Wood[12] as Artistic Director for Film and Walter Meierjohann as Artistic Director for Theatre.

The Library Theatre occupied most of the basement of Manchester Central Library and was the home of the Library Theatre Company, a Manchester City Council service. The library was built in 1934 and the theatre was originally a lecture theatre that since 1952 had been used by the theatre company. From 2010 the Library Theatre Company began performing at the The Lowry.[13] From 2014 it began operating as part of HOME before moving into the arts centre in May 2015.[1]


HOME will have two performance venues - a 500-seat theatre and 150-seat flexible studio space, five cinema screens, gallery space to display contemporary art, cafe bar and restaurant. The centre will be part of the development of a creative quarter in the city. The arts centre was designed by Mecanoo Architects based in Delft, Netherlands.[14]


HOME will commission, produce and present an ambitious programme of provocative contemporary theatre, film, and visual art.[15] The programme features new commissions, international collaborations, off-site and interdisciplinary productions, with an emphasis on innovative visual storytelling and cross-art form collaboration.[16]


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