HOME, the new purpose-built centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books in Manchester, attracted over 28,000 visitors on its opening weekend in Manchester in late May. It has been continuing to draw in visitors since that opening weekend.
Formed by a merger of two Manchester institutions, Cornerhouse and The Library Theatre, HOME has two new theatres and a large gallery space that will deliver a programme of contemporary art. The venue also houses five cinema screens showcasing independent film work and a café bar and restaurant.
The opening programme included own produced work such as The Funfair (a new version of Kasimir and Karoline by Odon von Horvath) by Simon Stephens and directed by Walter Meierjohann and productions from Kneehigh, 1927 and Nanterre-Amandiers’ UK premiere of La Melancolie Des Dragons. The visual arts programme includes work by Al and Al and Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige.
The Arts Council supported the development of HOME with a £5 million Capital grant and it is one of our National portfolio organisations for 2015-18 receiving over a £1 million a year.
Alison Clark, Director North, Arts Council England commented, “The opening of HOME represents one of the milestones in the significant funding partnership between arts council and Manchester City Council. The city region is placing culture at the heart of its growth strategies and the palpable creative energy around Manchester now shows that it’s working. Dave Moutrey and his team at HOME have kept that very special conviviality of the old Cornerhouse building while setting out a bold cross-artform vision that will stimulate artists and audiences alike.”
Dave Moutrey, CEO and Director of HOME said, “Our HOMEwarming weekend was a fantastic success with an estimated 28,000 people coming to visit us over the bank holiday weekend. Over 15,000 people visited the galleries to see our opening group exhibition The heart is deceitful above all things, and around 250 artists, filmmakers, musicians and performers joined HOME for the weekend’s events. The event provided a taste of our artistic ambition for the future – we will be a HOME for everyone, staging challenging and critically engaged art, yet connected with our city and communities.”
HOME is located at First Street, just off Whitworth Street as part of a new, wider development. It includes a public square which will be used for events, activities and performances, a hotel, student accommodation, business and retail.
HOME is one of the Arts Council’s National portfolio organisations form the backbone of arts and culture in England. You can find more information about our portfolio here.