Updated: You can still enjoy the Manchester Open Exhibition… online

The Manchester Open is the most successful exhibition in HOME’s history – with over 32,000 people attending, surpassing even David Lynch: My Head is Disconnected.

While the exhibition had to close early due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are still many ways you can enjoy the work of the Manchester Open artists online.

NEW! Read our Q&A with Manchester Open curator Bren O’Callaghan

To mark the final #ManchesterOpenMonday, we took some time to speak to the man behind it all – curator Bren O’Callaghan. You can read the full interview here.

Browse our gallery of images from the launch night, and relive the experience with our video

The opening night of The Manchester Open was our busiest exhibition launch ever, with queues stretching round the block. Browse the gallery of images below to see the works on display, or relive the experience with our video.

Manchester Open Exhibition 2020 - launch night

Go ‘Behind the Art’ with three of the Manchester Open artists

We joined artists Kat Preston, Dan Welsh and Ngozi Ugochukwu as they created the works that would be shown int he exhibition – find out more by watching our short films below.

Read our interviews with even more artists

We spoke to several of the artists exhibiting about how they took up art, where they found their inspiration and which artists they admire. Find out which artist is also a scientist and which can trace their family back to the Persian Empire.

Read interviews with Nicola Lucy, Chester Tenneson, Liz Hayes, Ged Austin, Ryuji Goto and Kay Shah.

Listen and watch artists speak about their work

Listen to these audio features of Ray Chadwick and Alison Kershaw speaking about their work, and watch Glen Palin explain his work in BSL.


Find out about the inspiration behind the Manchester Open Awards trophies

The awards given out to artists have a fascinating story behind them that covers thousands of years – read all about it here.

Relive Manchester Open House Thursdays

Open House Thursdays were our night for live performance and socialising – you can relive them via our image galleries here:

Manchester Open House Thursdays - 7 Feb 2020

Manchester Open Thursdays - 13 Feb 2020

Manchester Open House Thursdays - Thu 23 Jan 2020

Manchester Open House Thursdays - 30 Jan 2020

Find out about sustainability themes in the exhibition

Alice Wilde, our Talent Development producer, picked out three pieces from the Manchester Open 2020 which provoke discussion around sustainability and our environmental impact on the world. You can read her blog post here.

Submissions for the Manchester Open Exhibition 2022 open on Wednesday, 16 June – click here to find out more