This is Human

This distinctive and ambitious series of events will challenge your expectations of HOME through a programme of unique and unusual happenings in our galleries, cinemas and theatres through the month of August.

Taking inspiration from the brain and the four main areas controlling emotion, movement, biological rhythm and sense, this innovative project will combine sensory installations, live performances, interactive experiences and celebrations.

This is a fresh approach to experiencing art, curated, produced and commissioned by a group of 11 of Manchester’s emerging creatives, a collective formed through HOME’s Project X, featuring work from local artists and community groups.


Project X is generously supported by One Manchester, Places for People and The Helen Hamlyn Trust.

In this festival

Project X: This is Human

Our Projext X team of emerging creatives explain what you can expect from This is Human, a distinctive and ambitious series of events that will…

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This is Human Trailer

Excited for Project X's venue-wide take-over, This is Human? Watch their trailer to find out what you're in for...

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Project X Vlog #2: Preparation

With just a few days to go before their launch, we catch up with the Project X team as they put the finishing touches on…

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Project X Vlog #1: Planning

Our venue-wide take over from emerging artist team Project X is almost here. To find out more, we visited the team to get a first-hand…

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Previously in this Festival

Little Miss Sunshine

After Olive receives a place in a beauty pageant final, her family take a cross-county road trip to California in their VW bus to get her…

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This is Human: Mindfulness for Autism

An autism friendly relaxation and mindfulness session. Try out fun and easy ways to relax and find your calm using your imagination, breathing techniques and…

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This is Human: Introduction to Mindfulness with Ellie Paskell

Come along, let go and reboot. Together, we’ll look at how mindfulness improves our lives and learn tools for stress management and wellbeing; beginners and…

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This is Human: Meet the Collective

A chance to meet the artists behind This is Human. This informal discussion will give audiences an insight into the process behind the take over…

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Random Acts Playback Shorts Q&A

Following the screening, a selection of the filmmakers from the North will be in conversation discussing their creative process and how they are breaking into…

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This is Human: ReTreat

Curated by Joshua Wilkinson and Teniola Dowie, ReTreat invites audiences to relax and reflect.

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Preview: Us

Join us for the preview of David Fawcett’s Us, the first public introduction to the Project X Collective, featuring photography that showcases the group’s past and…

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This Is Human Official Closing Event: In Motion

Envisioned by Lucy Grayson, In Motion will take place in Theatre 2, revolving around the concept of emotion, with a stripped back version of the…

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This is Human: The Film Season

The This Is Human film season has been curated by Lucy Grayson who has selected every day stories that everyone can all relate to. From…

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This is Human: The Interactive Game Weasel Nation

HOME has been taken over by weasels and the head of the gang, Chief Weasel. Can audiences beat the weasels to reclaim HOME? This interactive…

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This Is Human: Mind Garden

Our Mind Garden will be a welcoming space of Zen and clarity where visitors begin their journey of events in the HOME foyer.

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This is Human: Occupy

Meet Atlas, a large-scale, interactive puppet who will stand without identifying with age, sex or birthplace in our gallery. Ignoring the elitist culture of art…

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This Is Human: Us

The preview of David Fawcett’s Us will be the first public introduction to the Project X Collective, featuring photography that showcases the group’s past and…

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This is Human: Official Launch & Party

To mark the launch of This is Human, there will be a puppet parade through Tony Wilson square and into HOME’s gallery, providing a chance…

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A remarkable debut feature that exposes male aggression and highlights the limits of female subordination.

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Blue is the Warmest Colour

This Palme d’Or-winning love story from Franco-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche is an enchanting film focusing on the life of Adele, as she navigates her late…

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Fish Tank

15-year-old school girl Mia's life changes when she befriend's her mother's new boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest in life, dancing.

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This video exhibition showcases over 200 short films made by young artist filmmakers aged 16-24.

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Random Acts Playback Shorts

Join the filmmakers behind the Playback exhibition in this special screening of films, each exploring contemporary England through the lens of young artists.

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