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Library Theatre And Cornerhouse Merger: Define It

Public asked to voice their opinion over a cultural blend

Published on June 13th 2012.

Library Theatre And Cornerhouse Merger: Define It

CORNERHOUSE and Library Theatre Company, who merged to become one company in April, are asking people to help them create the identity for their new home at First Street, Manchester, where they’ll be moving in 2014. 

The new building will be a catalyst for the regeneration of the First Street area of Manchester.

A new website www.thiswillbesomewhere.com has been launched. Anyone can visit the site to share their ideas and thoughts and play a part in shaping the character, atmosphere and ultimately the name of the organisation.  

Dave Moutrey, Chief Executive, comments:“Our new home will be a place for everyone and we wanted to reflect this in the way that that its identity is developed. We would like to hear as many ideas from as many people as possible, and will be using these comments to create something that we hope will be as well-loved as both Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company are.”  

The new website is supported by a series of workshops talking to current and new audiences, stakeholders, artists, staff and young people, which will take place throughout June 2012. Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company are working with Manchester-based Creative Concern on the workshops.

The new name will be revealed in October 2012 and will be fully launched when the organisation moves to its new home on First Street, central Manchester, in 2014. Creative Concern is collaborating with Glasgow-based O Street on the visual identity for the new organisation. Cornerhouse and Library Theatre will continue to work under their existing names until then. 

The new building will be a catalyst for the regeneration of the First Street area of Manchester and will include a 500 seat theatre, 120-150 flexible studio space, 500m² 4m high gallery space, 5 cinema screens, education spaces, digital production and broadcast facilities, café bar, restaurant and offices. It will provide new opportunities for artists and audiences to create work in a different way together, as well as a social and cultural hub.

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AnonymousJune 13th 2012.

How about "The Cornerhouse"

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ljmpoolJune 14th 2012.

OR keep to its current name: Cornerhouse

JOaquinJune 13th 2012.

I think it should be called Bernstein's Folly

HeadjackJune 13th 2012.

Isn't the company called 'Greater Manchester Arts Centre'? I think I assumed it would just end up being called 'The Arts Centre', with the complex as a whole being called something like 'Manchester First'. Alternatively, all the arts buildings in Greater Manchester seemed to be a gallery without any of them being known as 'The' (Whitworth, Manchester, Castlefield), so you could call it 'The Gallery', or even 'First Street Gallery', with the LTC becoming known as 'The [First Street] Gallery Theatre Co'. Either way, hope it's a big success.

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AnonymousJune 13th 2012.

I suspect it will be something a lot wankier than "Manchester Arts Centre", despite the fact that it's a pretty clear title and turns into a nice acronym.

Poster BoyJune 16th 2012.

"A monument to one man's ego" has a nice ring to it...

AnonymousJune 18th 2012.

I don't give a damn on what the thing will be called. All I see is another cultural landmark moving out of the city centre to a soulless place in the middle of corporate nowhere.

Can't anybody see how the centre of Manchester is becoming a cultural desert stuffed with chain stores with every tiny bit of character being wiped out (i.e. KRO bar becoming the nth Tesco)

/end of rant

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Manc GuyMarch 6th 2013.

Although there are plenty of empty retail premises in the city centre, the beauty of the city centre is that it's a walkable city centre, and besides, the First Street 'desert' has the land to accomodate a new structure like this. Also, it's a ten minute walk from either of their original locations. Little Peter Street's NCP is across the road too.

CharlieOctober 5th 2012.

nice idea combining the 2 venues......a name " First Arts".......neat an simple....

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Manc GuyMarch 6th 2013.

...or F-Arts for short?

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