HOME, Manchester’s new centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books, officially opened its doors over the 2015 May Bank Holiday weekend.
Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo and featuring a 500-seat theatre; a 150-seat flexible theatre; a 500m2, 4m high gallery space; five cinema screens; digital production and broadcast facilities; a café bar and restaurant, HOME was formed from the merger of two of Manchester’s best-loved cultural organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company.
HOME’s theatres are a platform for questioning and ambitious artistic projects that involve audiences with new and extraordinary theatrical experiences. The international contemporary visual art programme is dedicated to presenting new commissions by emerging and established artists of regional, national and international significance, with a bold, proactive policy of visual, innovative storytelling with the ability to experiment and explore, probe and provoke, creating a distinct experience for both artists and audiences. HOME’s five cinemas showcase the very best in contemporary and classic cinema, screening works by artists and filmmakers both established and new.
HOME is a centre for co-production, talent development and artistic creation, dedicated to learning, for people of all ages. A place for new work and playful ideas; of festivals and commissions; of artists and of audience engagement.
The patrons of HOME are Danny Boyle, National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, actress Suranne Jones, playwright and poet Jackie Kay MBE, artists Rosa Barba and Phil Collins, filmmaker Asif Kapadia, and actress and author Meera Syal CBE. HOME’s 2015/16 theatre and dance season features Inkheart for Christmas 2015, Hofesh Shechter in January, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (co-production with the Young Vic) in February, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame (co-production with Glasgow Citizens Theatre) in February/March, Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. (co-production with Quarantine) in March/April, Complicite’s The Encounter in March, as well as the PUSH Festival, featuring the city’s up and coming theatre companies, in January.