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Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO, HOME
Dave Moutrey
Director & Chief Executive at HOME and Director of Culture for Manchester City Council

Dave Moutrey is the Director and Chief Executive of HOME. In his former role as Director & Chief Executive of Cornerhouse, he oversaw the successful merger of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company to form HOME.

Throughout his career, Dave has been involved in the leadership, management and marketing of arts organisations. He played a leading role in establishing the Cinema Arts Network, a national network of cross artform venues; spent eight years as Chief Executive of Arts About Manchester (now the Audience Agency); worked for two years as Marketing Director for City of Drama; and managed Abraham Moss Theatre for six years. Dave is also a qualified drama teacher and was until recently a practicing artist and theatre producer, with experience of over 30 community productions with Greater Manchester-based groups.

Dave is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.


Sarah Perks
Sarah Perks
Artistic Director: Visual Art at HOME and Professor of Visual Art at Manchester School of Art, MMU

Sarah Perks, Professor of Visual Art at Manchester School of Art, is an international curator, film producer and writer. Artistic Director (Visual Art) at HOME, she is a specialist in artist film, performance and participatory art, Perks has worked extensively with international established artists including Phil Collins, Rachel Maclean, Rosa Barba, Rashid Rana, Yoshua Okon, Sophia Al-Maria, Andrew Kötting and Al & Al. In 2011, Perks set up Cornerhouse Artist Film (now HOME Artist Film), the UK’s only specialist producer and distributor of artist feature film, starting with Gillian Wearing’s Self Made and co-founder of the Feature Expanded training initiative, now in its fourth successful year. Perks has curated over 30 major exhibitions and produced over 25 films, this year she produced and curated the critically acclaimed The Scar by Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler. Recent edited publications of creative meets critical writing include Dark Habits and Subkultura, and in production is an academic book on artist moving in Britain since 1989. Perks is currently working with Phil Collins on Ceremony, and major projects with Ursula Mayer, Judith Barry and Shezad Dawood; she is also writing her debut novel and planning a new theatre production.

Walter Meierjohann. Image credit Graeme Cooper.
Walter Meierjohann
Artistic Director: Theatre

Before joining HOME in 2014, Walter Meierjohann was International Associate Director at the Young Vic in London. There, his productions included the European premiere of In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell McCraney, and Kafka’s Monkey, which toured to Sydney, Melbourne, Athens, Paris, Tokyo and New York. The production, which starred Kathryn Hunter, also shows in HOME’s 2015 opening season, with Hunter reprising her lead role.

Walter has worked extensively in Germany and the UK at theatres including The Young Vic; The Barbican; Liverpool Playhouse; Nottingham Playhouse; The Curve, Leicester; Residenztheater, Munich; Staatsschauspiel, Dresden; Schauspiel, Graz; and Arena, Berlin, for Peter Stein’s Faust Ensemble and Impulse Theatre Festival.

In opera, he has assisted the late Klaus-Michael Grueber in his productions of Aida (Nederlands Opera, Amsterdam) and Don Giovanni (Ruhrfestspiele).

Jason Wood
Artistic Director: Film at HOME and Professor of Film at Manchester Metropolitan University

Jason Wood has over twenty years of experience in the UK film industry and a strong affiliation with the cultural and independent sector. Before working at HOME, he was the Programming Manager at Picturehouse, Director of Programming at Curzon Cinemas, and also took a lead role in acquisitions for Artificial Eye. Pina, Ivul, The Deep Blue Sea, Archipelago and The Duke of Burgundy are just some of the films he has been partly responsible for bringing to UK screens. He has curated retrospectives of Peter Whitehead, Atom Egoyan, Wim Wenders, Chris Petit, Nicolas Roeg and Mexican Cinema, has served as a jury member for the London Film Festival, and has worked on the board of CINECITY Film Festival, Brighton. He is the co-director of three documentary features and the author of 10 published works on cinema. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, Sight and Sound, Vertigo and SoFilm. Jason is also Professor of Film at Manchester Metropolitan University.