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An update for Manchester Open artists

In light of the Government’s latest advice for people to avoid non-essential contact, we have taken the decision to close HOME to the public as of Tuesday 17 March.  

This means that the Manchester Open 2020 has had to close earlier than we expected. This is disappointing, however the health and safety of our staff, visitors, artists and volunteers is of utmost importance to us, and we believe given the current national landscape it is not viable to remain open to the public at this time. 

We don’t know yet exactly how long this closure will last, but it will be at least until the end of March 2020.

During this period, it is critical that we continue to support artists and creative partners. We are determined that Manchester’s incredible culture will emerge from this challenge stronger and more vibrant than ever. 

How do I collect my artwork? 

We will be contacting all artists with details of how to collect their artwork once we have more information about when the building will be accessible. We apologise that this timescale may be longer than first anticipated, and for the uncertainty that there currently is around this date.  

For now, your artwork will remain safely at HOME, deinstalled and packaged as planned, ready for collection when HOME reopens.  

Please be assured your artwork remains covered by our insurance policy and is safe, secure and managed by staff on site.  

What if my artwork has been sold? 

We’re thrilled to say that lots of the works on show have been sold. We are currently finalising the list, and will be contacting artists whose work was sold to arrange payment, minus deduction of commission as soon as able. 

This means you will not need to collect your artwork.

The future of the Manchester Open 

There is still occasion to celebrate, and we would like to thank you for your participation in The Manchester Open 2020.

Since the opening of The Manchester Open we have welcomed over 30,000 visitors, with this exhibition now being the most successful in the history of HOME.  

If you missed the news – The Manchester Open will now be a biennial event!

Keep yourself posted on all the updates on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels with the hashtag #mcropen2020.

We couldn’t have done this without you, our artists! Thank you for joining us on this journey. 

You can always get in touch via but it may take us a few days to respond. As soon as we have further news on a revised collection window, we will be in touch with everyone. Please be reassured that we are aware of your concerns, but would appreciate your understanding and patience in these unprecedented circumstances.  

Best Wishes,
The Manchester Open Team