Around the corner from the loft apartments that were once Manchester’s fabled Hacienda club, hemmed in by railway arches on the site of an old gas and dye works, Britain’s cultural economy is being rebalanced.
Art’s new home is quite literally entitled ‘Home’. Britain’s cultural scene has historically been centered in the heart of London, but next spring art will be taking a little road trip to a not-so-little centre in Manchester, England. “Home will open as the largest multi-arts complex to be built since the Brutalist concrete ramparts of the Barbican in London were breached by the public more than three decades ago.” The space will feature a 500 seat theater, five cinemas, art galleries, bars, restaurants, and a piazza. The intent in building this space is to “close the artistic gap” between London and the northern cities. This will open up a wide range of opportunities for new artists and new ideas to be seen, heard, and maybe even create a new cultural hub for British art.