HOME (Manchester)

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HOME seen from Tony Wilson Square
General information
LocationFirst Street,
Greater Manchester,
Construction started2013
Completed24 April 2015
Inaugurated21 May 2015
Design and construction
Architect Mecanoo

HOME is a centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film in Manchester, England, that opened in 2015. [1]

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 545,500 as of 2017. It lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous built-up area, with a population of 3.2 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority is Manchester City Council.


HOME was formed by the merger of two Manchester-based arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company. [2]

Cornerhouse former arts centre (gallery, cinemas) in Manchester, England

Cornerhouse was a centre for cinema and the contemporary visual arts next to Oxford Road Station on Oxford Street, Manchester, England which was active from 1985-2015. It had three floors of art galleries, three cinemas, a bookshop, a bar and a café bar. Cornerhouse was operated by Greater Manchester Arts Centre Ltd, a registered charity.

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

Manchester City Council Local government body in England

Manchester City Council is the local government authority for Manchester, a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. It is composed of 96 councillors, three for each of the 32 electoral wards of Manchester. The council is controlled by the Labour Party and led by Sir Richard Leese. The opposition is formed by the Liberal Democrats and led by former Manchester Withington MP John Leech. Joanne Roney is the chief executive. Many of the council's staff are based at Manchester Town Hall.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a grant-giving charity based in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1958 by Canadian businessman W. Garfield Weston (1898–1978), who during his lifetime contributed to numerous humanitarian causes, both personally and through his companies. His philanthropic works continue through the Garfield Weston Foundation in London and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Arts Council England arts organization in London, England

Arts Council England is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. It was formed in 1994 when the Arts Council of Great Britain was divided into three separate bodies for England, Scotland and Wales. The arts funding system in England underwent considerable reorganisation in 2002 when all of the regional arts boards were subsumed into Arts Council England and became regional offices of the national organisation.

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Danny Boyle English filmmaker

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Meera Syal is a British-Indian comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She rose to prominence as one of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me and became one of the UK's best-known Indian personalities portraying Sanjeev's grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42.

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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.

Dave Moutrey

Dave Moutrey is a manager and leadership professional of United Kingdom arts organisations. He is Director and Chief Executive of HOME, the centre for international contemporary arts, theatre and film formed by the merger of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company. Dave is also Director of Culture for the City of Manchester, a role that he performs concurrently with his position as Director and CEO of HOME.

Sarah Perks is an international curator and producer of contemporary visual art, independent film and engagement. She will be Artistic Director for Visual Arts and Film of HOME, the centre for international contemporary arts, theatre and film formed by the merger of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company. She is currently artistic director of Cornerhouse and is the founder of Cornerhouse Artist Film.

Walter Meierjohann is a theatre director working in Britain. He is artistic director, theatre, of HOME, the centre for international contemporary arts, theatre and film formed by the merger of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company.

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 Lowry. [13] From 2014 it began operating as part of HOME before moving into the arts centre in May 2015. [1]

The Lowry arts centre in Salford, England

The Lowry is a theatre and gallery complex at Salford Quays, Salford, Greater Manchester, England. It is named after the early 20th century painter L. S. Lowry, known for his paintings of industrial scenes in North West England. The complex was officially opened on 12 October 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II.


HOME has 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.

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Main theatre

The centre is part of the development of a creative quarter in the city. The arts centre was designed by Mecanoo Architects based in Delft, Netherlands. [14]

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HOME will commission, produce and present a programme of contemporary theatre, film, and visual art. [15] The programme will feature 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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