What’s on offer at HOME?
Our two theatres are a playful platform for UK and world premieres, with new work developed by HOME and commissions in drama and dance from some of the most exciting UK and international theatre companies and performers on the scene today. Theatre 1 has 447 seats and combines a contemporary style with a proscenium arch. Theatre 2 is a really flexible studio space that can be configured to present work in the round with a thrust stage. It will also be a development hub where local and emerging companies can use space and test their work.
You can see the very best in contemporary art in our galleries, with new commissions from by emerging and established artists of regional, national and international significance. There are three Gallery spaces at HOME; The main gallery and two wall galleries, The Granada Foundation Gallerys which are located on floor 1 and floor 2. Our main gallery is a 500m2, 4m high room which can be used as one open exhibition or sectioned off into different spaces.
Our five cinema screens light up with challenging, independent, provoking film work from the UK, Europe and further afield – from the latest releases to artist film, rare archive film and great classics.
Cinema 1 – 249 seats
Cinema 2 – 150 seats
Cinema 3 – 58 seats
Cinema 4 – 33 seats
Cinema 5 – 36 seats
All five screens are fitted with Sony 4K digital projectors (4k is four times the resolution of standard digital cinema, standard being 2K). We have a twin 35mm system installed in Cinema 1, brought across from Cornerhouse; two projectors means you can screen archive film in their natural form, so the film itself isn’t spliced or tampered with.
And our engagement and creative learning programme includes talks, tours, Q&As and other great events to add an extra dimension to many of our film events, exhibitions and theatre productions.
Whether you want to see work that challenges and astounds, or get closer to directors, writers, filmmakers and artists, or just drink the best coffee in town, we hope you love HOME
Where is HOME?
We are located on Tony Wilson Place, First Street, just off Whitworth Street West, roughly opposite the Hacienda apartments and a short walk from Oxford Road and Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop. Our full address is:
2 Tony Wilson Place
How do I get to HOME?
HOME is a five to ten minute walk from Oxford Road Station and less than five minutes from the Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop. You can find out everything you need to know about visiting us here.
How much did it cost to build HOME?
The overall budget for the project was £25 million. Manchester City Council committed £19 million and Arts Council England awarded £5 million capital funding as part of its capital investment programme. The remaining £1million was met by fundraising and donations from our supporters. You can find a full list of our supporters and sponsors here. You can also find out how you can support HOME by making a donation here, and by becoming a Friend or Member, here.
Who are the architects and builders who worked on HOME?
The overall design for HOME was led by Mecanoo, an internationally recognised architectural practice based in the Netherlands. Wates Construction led the design team, which also includes Buro Happold Engineers, Concrete Amsterdam, Space Group and Charcoalblue. Hear from architect Ernst ter Horst on designing our building.
What happened to Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company?
HOME is a brand new organisation formed from the merger of two of Manchester’s best-loved arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, in April 2012.
Both organisations continued to operate from the former Cornerhouse site at 70 Oxford Street until early 2014, when the Library Theatre Company produced its final show at The Lowry. In Summer 2014, HOME’s first season of theatre, all site-specific work, launched in spaces throughout Manchester, with productions including Angel Meadow and Romeo & Juliet. During this time, Cornerhouse continued to offer a full programme of independent film and contemporary visual art.
As of April 2015, Cornerhouse closed its doors and HOME became one organisation, operating from the new location at Tony Wilson Place and delivering new, commissioned work, the very best in contemporary art, theatre, film and books and delicious food and drink. Putting film, theatre, visual arts and creative industries under one roof creates something really unique in the UK. It means we can develop exciting collaborations across the wide range of artforms we cover and commission new work to bring together visual artists with theatre practitioners, filmmakers with musicians and dramatists, writers with visual artists etc.
The former venues of both Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company were struggling to cope with the increasing number of visitors each year. HOME will be a high profile, open and welcoming destination and this will help us to increase attendances, both from local audiences and from national and international visitors – all of which is great for the city’s economy. The purpose built, high quality spaces will give us more scope for collaboration, learning experiences and innovative programming, so we’ll have more opportunities to get audiences involved.
HOME has larger, brighter, more flexible galleries and high quality production facilities that will help us to improve the quality of artistic output, film and theatre. What won’t change is that our programme will have exactly the same commitment to independence and quality, and you’ll still get the same friendly and relaxed welcome from the same team!
What will happen to the former Cornerhouse buildings (70 Oxford Street)?
In March 2015, Manchester City Council announced that Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) would be leasing the buildings at 70 Oxford Street that used to be home to Cornerhouse. MMU will be using the buildings as education and rehearsal spaces for their students. You can view the joint announcement from the University and Manchester City Council here.
Where did the name HOME come from?
In June 2012 we worked with Creative Concern and held workshops and interviews with over 150 people across audience groups, staff, artists, partners and local communities. We wanted to find out what people wanted from the new organisation, including what they thought its character, its atmosphere should be like and what it should stand for. In addition, a substantial research exercise covering comparable international organisations and their names, identities and visual brands was carried out. As well as providing inspiration for our identity, this research is informing everything from programme development to interior design. Hear from Steve Connor from Creative Concern on the consultation process.
Home was a reference point for much of the workshop discussions (second home, feeling at home, home of great work) and following discussions with staff and stakeholders it emerged as one of the strongest possible names for the organisation. It evokes accessibility, welcome and warmth, connection, a sense of ownership and personal relationships – all of which came out in our discussions with audiences as essential to the atmosphere and character of the new organisation. Based on what we heard from audiences in the workshops and the discussions we had with staff, we also wanted to avoid anything that tried too hard, that came across as pretentious, convoluted or overworked or that needed a lot of explanation.
Why not keep Cornerhouse or Library Theatre Company as the name?
It was a decision that was given a great deal of thought during the workshops, interviews and the development work. We were very conscious that there was a great deal of emotional and personal attachment to both the existing names that would be hard to let go of.
However, the new building and the new organisation signify something new and exciting happening in Manchester and we wanted to start a new piece of history that takes the very best from our rich heritage, but ultimately looks forward – we felt that keeping one of the former names could be a wasted opportunity to celebrate the start of our exciting new journey.
Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company mean so much to their audiences because of our staff, the programming, the atmosphere and the individuality of the organisations and this will definitely continue at HOME.
How ‘green’ is HOME?
HOME meets Manchester City Council’s policy for low carbon development, sustainable procurement and operation. The new building is energy efficient and keeps our utilities costs and environmental impact down. We have a Building Management System which allows us to ensure the operation of the building is controlled, monitored and adjusted to ensure it’s running at peak efficiency. This includes remote monitoring of energy meters to check our consumption.
We are a zero-to-landfill organisation, and have a Gold Award from Manchester City Council’s Environmental Business Pledge Scheme, in recognition of the measures we have taken to reduce our environmental footprint and improve our sustainability. In 2011 we signed up to become part of the Manchester Arts Sustainability Team. The initial year long programme, facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle, aimed to make environmental sustainability intrinsic to the plans and aspirations of arts and creative industry organisations in Manchester. We’re definitely planning to build on this work at HOME.