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HOME (MCR's New Arts Centre) Wins £5.5m

Welcome news for the controversially named and merged Library Theatre and Cornerhouse

Published on April 2nd 2013.

HOME (MCR's New Arts Centre) Wins £5.5m

THE Arts Council England has awarded Manchester City Council £5.5 million in funding for HOME, the new production centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film. This is the merged Cornerhouse and Library Theatre company.

It's fantastic that in such difficult times a local authority can have the confidence and vision to invest in such an ambitious cultural project. 

The new venue, at First Street, is due to open in spring 2015 and will have a 500-seat theatre; a 150-seat flexible studio space; a 500m2, 4m high gallery space; five cinema screens; digital production and broadcast facilities; a café bar and restaurants.

HOME will also incorporate three of the existing viaduct arches along Whitworth Street, which will house the venue's education spaces.

The investment from Arts Council England represents another step forward in the regeneration of the 20-acre First Street site, for which HOME is providing a powerful catalyst.

The name HOME has proved controversial since being chosen in September last year as the comments on this Manchester Confidential article show.

Dave Moutrey, Director and Chief Executive of HOME, said: "From the start of the project our aim has been to create a shared space, where people can come together in their passion for art, cinema, theatre, good food and conversation. We want to create the right venue for artists to make great work and for audiences to come together to experience it, to take part, learn and have fun. This grant is a major step in helping us to achieve this ambition."

Jane Beardsworth, North West Regional Director, Arts Council England, said: "It's fantastic that in such difficult times a local authority can have the confidence and vision to invest in such an ambitious cultural project and Arts Council England is delighted to be able to support Manchester in the development and realisation of this major new arts venue for the city."

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. 

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Adam PrinceApril 2nd 2013.

Wonderful and exciting! Beating the recession and economic gloom! Thankfully.

Dom77April 3rd 2013.

Great news but do we have to still call it HOME?

rinkydinkApril 4th 2013.

HOME is a great name!

Adam PrinceApril 5th 2013.

Been thinking about how pointless the name HOME is! I thought of:
AMPP Arts Manchester Pioneering Premises.

While my mind wanders into fantasy realms, Something more culturally universal and kinds of says electric.

I think there must be a better name than non-descript HOME!

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Manc GuyApril 5th 2013.

HOME was the name of a popular [and short lived] club on the ground floor of Ducie House on Ducie street, back in '93/'94.

I thought it was a bad name back then.

Adam PrinceApril 5th 2013.

Means nothing to me and probably nothing to visitors! It's weaksauce right?

Will keep tweeting! @SirRichardLeese @davemoutrey @ace_national

But bet it will be christened thus! (And then probably thousands spent on a new name later on in some 'creative' thinktank, like off the Old Monkey Dust episodes)!

Good news, but bad name! Especially for 25 million centre it deserves something a little better. We could all probably come up with a better one!

Helen TaylorApril 5th 2013.

Worst name ever and totally confusing to visitors. Googling it brings up nothing but estate agents, adding 'Manchester' brings up MCFC. Why on earth couldn't it just be the Manchester Something Arts Centre?

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AnonymousApril 5th 2013.

I certainly don't know anyone who was asked! 150 people. Really. Detailed research! As if.

"The name Home has come out of a detailed and collaborative research and consultation process, which involved more than 150 people including local residents, audience members and key partners from across the city, as well as an online forum where people could contribute their thoughts.

Home was a word which recurred often when people were asked what the new organisation should be – a second home, somewhere you feel at home, the home of great work. It reflects the warmth felt towards Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company, as well as the aspiration that the new organisation should be accessible and welcoming".

Adam PrinceApril 5th 2013.

Yes, Bad name! Doesn't even say what it is. Maybe if acronyms (only thinking): NAME - New Arts Manchester Enterprise!

Everyone post and tweet ideas and new names to them! There must be better than this!

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