HOME Manchester has announced the launch of two new exhibitions and full programme of big movie screenings ahead of the facility’s official reopening.
The cinema, museum and arts space is planning to welcome back customers in person next month – having spent the past few months broadcasting its events programme online.
As national COVID restrictions are expected to be lifted further from May 17, HOME has unveiled a packed events schedule to celebrate the return of its screens and gallery spaces.
Also screening is the acclaimed Billie Eilish documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry; and Mank – David Fincher’s biographical drama of Herman J. Mankiewicz and his development Citizen Kane’s screenplay.
In the HOME gallery, an exhibition titled Soul Journey to Truth – containing over 130 artworks compiled by prison inmates – is set to run from May 17.
Run by Koestler Arts, the UK’s leading prison arts charity, the exhibition is designed to promote artistic achievement in the criminal justice system and secure sectors – featuring paintings, sketches and even pieces of music.
HOME’s Granada Foundation Gallery will also house Sarah-Joy Ford’s Feeling Backward: a quilter’s guide to The Lesbian Archive – an exhibition which explores images, iconographies and symbols that have been used to invoke lesbian strength, power and community throughout the 20th and 21st century.
Dave Moutrey, HOME’s Director and CEO, said: “It is exciting to be able to announce details of our fantastic reopening programme of exhibitions and film screenings at HOME just a week after we told everyone about our plans for theatre at our temporary outdoor venue, Homeground.
“Between HOME and Homeground, we promise a Summer of brilliant film, art and theatre for the people of Manchester.”
HOME was the grateful recipient of a six-figure grant from the Garfield Weston Culture Fund in February – scooping more than £300,000.
The venue has also supported the local arts sector in terms of funding – with HOME employees working alongside the council to advise on the Cultural Sector Hardship Fund for Freelancers.
HOME’s newest outdoor venture – Homeground – was unveiled earlier this month.
Described as an “outdoor venue for culture, cocktail and food”, the festival-style space will be located on First Street and feature a 400-seat socially distanced theatre, set to open in late May.
View the full HOME reopening programme online here.