National lockdown: an update from HOME

When we last updated you on our future plans we said we knew we would be unlikely to reopen before 6 Jan. Sadly, as the country has now been placed into a national lockdown, we now know this won’t happen. We are now waiting to see the outcome of the new measures before we can announce a new planned reopening date.

When we can reopen, we want to make sure you have as safe and enjoyable an experience as possible. We know from your feedback when we reopened in September that visitors felt safe and reassured by the measures we took and we will make sure these high standards are maintained.

We passionately believe that the arts have a crucial role to play in the economic and social recovery of the country from the pandemic, and we are ready to play our part when we reopen, whenever that may be.

In the meantime, we will keep bringing you HOME from home – we have our brand new collaboration with Manchester Camerata, Renew, which provides some much-needed space to rest and reset with “Britain’s most adventurous orchestra.” Our Resident Artists, Young Identity, take a thoughtful, provocative and funny look back at 2020 in HOME Unlocked. We also have new works in our Homemakers series coming this month, and if you can’t wait we highly recommend you check out our existing Homemakers works, including My Darling Christopher, which has just been selected for the IdyllWild International Festival of Cinema. And in Empty, renowned Manchester-based composer, guitarist and music technologist, Jaydev Mistry, sets out on a sonic adventure to find HOME’s unique soundtrack as it lay empty of people and activity.

If film is more your thing, we will continue to bring you carefully-curated titles that you can watch from home, or join the 18 young filmmakers from our BFI Academy for Living at a Distance, which captures different experiences of the first Coronavirus lockdown in England.

There will be new weekly episodes of our online comic, Nick Burton’s Our Plague Year and you can also enjoy highlights from our three reopening exhibitions by Joy Yamusangie, Nick Burton and MSR FCJ online.

Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook which of our HOME from home works you’re enjoying, we will keep you updated as soon as we know more, and we hope to be able to see you soon.