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Danny Boyle To Be Patron Of HOME Arts Centre

Renowned Director puts his name to rapidly growing building

Published on January 15th 2014.


Danny Boyle To Be Patron Of HOME Arts Centre
 

DANNY Boyle has been announced as a Patron of HOME, 'the new cultural hub and social space' for Manchester, opening in Spring 2015.

We’re not going to lead the industrial world anymore and that world now looks to us for our arts and culture

HOME aims to produce and present an ambitious programme of contemporary visual art, theatre and film.

Filmmaker and architect of Britain’s spectacular Olympics opening ceremony, Danny Boyle is proud of his Northern roots, and has been a Patron of Cornerhouse since 1986. Cornerhouse, together with the Library Theatre Company, have merged to form HOME.

“To have this wonderful expansion of arts facilities outside London, especially at a time of sustained pressure on arts funding, is such a shock.  But it's what you would expect from a visionary city. HOME will stand as a compliment to the vision of the arts institutions in Manchester and of Manchester City Council. Their faith in the power of the arts to transform lives and the economy is impossible not to support,” said Boyle in full complimentary mode.

“We’re not going to lead the industrial world anymore and that world now looks to us for our arts and culture," Boyle continued. "The world is inspired by our creativity and one effect of that can be an extraordinary economic benefit. What Manchester (might) be known for in twenty years could be film or theatre. HOME ensures that the next generation has a facility in which they can express themselves.”

The new purpose-built centre has been designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo and built by Wates Construction, and features 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.

Manchester City Council has committed £19 million to fund the creation of HOME. The overall budget for the project is £25 million, with the remaining £6 million being met by a combination of the Arts Council England funding and fundraising. £250,000 has already been contributed by the Garfield Weston Foundation. HOME is predicted to receive more than 500,000 visits per year.

It's hoped that the new arts centre will encourage other developments at First Street North, the first phase of the £500m First Street regeneration project that covers 20 acres.

Home - the CGI

 

Home - the CGI


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DavidJanuary 15th 2014.

That's a very stupid statement that Danny Boyle said.Why should UK not lead the world in industry,like Germany does?.Industry is a major source of employiment and crucial to this countries future.Is he suggesting our future is in arts and culture?.All of which require large amounts of public subsidy.Without the wealth created by industry most of the great buildings and institutions of Manchester would not exist.Also judging by his comments he seems only to willing to flatter and suck up to the Labour Leaders of Manchester.

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Ghostly TomJanuary 15th 2014.

I read somewhere that by 2030 the UK economy will be larger than the German as our population grows and theirs declines. In spite of what the popular wisdom says we still make a lot of stuff in the UK, but not the big dirty industries we used to have.

Ghostly TomJanuary 15th 2014.

I hope Danny Boyle has some ways to make this place work. I still think it's in the wrong place and the name is bad, so pretentious...

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Calum McGJanuary 16th 2014.

I've got used to the name, now. I'd say it was slightly silly as opposed to pretentious. It's been designed by a cracking firm of architects; it will be a pretty awesome venue. I reckon our Danny will help it work :)

DavidJanuary 16th 2014.

'Our Danny' is like our Noel and our Lord Foster he buggered off to live in London at the earliest opportunity.We should recognise people of talent who choose to stay or come to the North,and base their creative business here and so provide opportunities here.That what was so great about Tony Wilson he did not do that,he kept Factory Records in Manchester.

Ghostly TomJanuary 16th 2014.

Well I'm hoping it looks better inside that it's bland exterior promises. I like Cornerhouse where it is but if it had to be moved the N4 would have been a far better option. They're going to have to do some really special things here to attract the audiences but a nightly Olympic opening ceremony could get tiresome and I've still to see a Danny Boyle movie I want to see more than once I'm afraid.

Calum McGJanuary 16th 2014.

It's not like it's in the back of beyond, Tom? It's across the road from Deansgate Castlefield tram stop (Hacienda staircase) and a short stroll from Deansgate and Ox Rd stations. It's next to Mancunian Way for those driving into town and well connected by foot, too. I also like the Cornerhouse where it is, but I think we could do much worse than the Home proposition - and location.

Ghostly TomJanuary 17th 2014.

It is just that too far off the beaten track to make you want to go there. I will go out of interest to see what it's like but I won't be popping in as I pass because it's not on my, or many other's routes into the city centre. The present position on Oxford Street is perfect for Cornerhouse, masses of passing footfall, convenient for a meal or drink before going to the Palace, great views of the Palace Hotel from the cafe. It should have been left where it is and the Library Theatre would have been perfect for the space inside the Mackie Mayor Market in the N4. It's an opportunity missed and two Manchester institutions have been forced together in a mediocre building in the wrong part of town and have had the pretentious name, HOME, foisted on them. I already have a home and this isn't it. Same kind of end of Millennium thinking that produced URBIS and where's that now? A dull museum full of footballs...

Calum McGJanuary 17th 2014.

I don't even like football and I actually loved the football museum. I take it you've been?

Ghostly TomJanuary 18th 2014.

I have been 3 times, football needs to be watched live to be enjoyed in a stadium packed with fervent fans. It doesn't transfer well to a museum situation. Manchester needs a Museum of Modern Art. URBIS would have been perfect for it, instead we got a building full of old sports kit... The people of Preston really wanted to keep the football museum. To use a football term 'we was robbed.' Send it back to them and let's have something world class in this iconic building. Arts wise Manchester is losing its way....

Calum McGJanuary 16th 2014.

OK well thanks for pissing on my post, David. Name someone more appropriate...

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Richard HJJanuary 16th 2014.

Believe it or not David serves a purpose Ali. He compartmentalises all the negative of the energy of the city in one tiny mind so that the rest of us can be free to enjoy life. He's like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters. Sort of. :-)

DavidJanuary 16th 2014.

No I just rather honour people who have actually done something for this city.I would much rather have someone like Russell T Davies,who is Welsh,but choose to come to this city and has based many of his writings here and created employment here for people in television.Danny Boyle in contrast has not not shown the same interest in making films set or made in Manchester.So why should he be honoured?.

Richard HJJanuary 16th 2014.

He's from Radcliffe, which is in Greater Manchester. And he's done good things. Lots of them. Through his global profile he will be able to attract interest to this major new arts venture. That's what good patrons can do. If you have any more questions perhaps you should have a little think about them in your head first. Then just cherrypick the best ones. Saves the rest of us.

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2014.

Really David, You'd rather someone who's best known for Dr Who, who isn't from the area. Than an oscar winning director known the world over?

DavidJanuary 16th 2014.

Danny Boyle may have done lots of good things according to some tastes,but he has chosen to do them elsewhere,mostly in London rather than than in Manchester.Thats hardly the profile of a man who is going to use his 'contacts' to attract lot stars to this venue in his supposed 'hometown'.

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2014.

So have James, the Inspiral Carpets, Morrissey, Rutherford, Wiggins, Wilson etc etc

Calum McGJanuary 16th 2014.

David, does RTD live here still? I know he used to cos I have been in his house. Get on and ask him... instead of wasting my time on here.

Calum McGJanuary 16th 2014.

Anyway, who are you, David? What's your surname?

Poster BoyJanuary 17th 2014.

What does a 'Patron' actually do anyway?...

AnonymousJanuary 18th 2014.

Home has to be the worst name ever for an arts centre - its dreadful, really dreadful.... is it too late to change it?

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rinkydinkJanuary 20th 2014.

Disagree. It's the best name ever!

almondcroissantJanuary 24th 2014.

How about the 'Dairylea' building - its triangular and a bit cheesy looking?

scottJanuary 24th 2014.

Anyone have any idea when the current Cornerhouse will close for good? Will be a sad day...so many great memories of seeing many, many films over the years and meeting friends in such a lovely building located on one of the best crossroads in the city. Really struggling to get excited about 'Home'.

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Ghostly TomJanuary 25th 2014.

What about turning it into a alternative cinema/gallery space with a great bar and cafe? Should work really well on that corner. Oh! Wait.....

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