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Greater Manchester
M1 5NH





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Cornerhouse is Manchester's international centre for contemporary visual arts and film.

Located in the heart of the city and open seven days a week, Cornerhouse has 3 floors of contemporary art galleries, 3 screens showing the best of independent cinema, a bar, café and a bookshop. Cornerhouse Publications is an international distribution service for contemporary visual arts books and catalogues.

Cornerhouse's patrons are: Danny Boyle, Damien Hirst and Helen Mirren.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday 12:00-20:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00

Closed: Mondays

Admission charges

FREE Entry


Collection details

World Cultures, Social History, Photography, Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Photograph of swings in Playtime exhibition


  • 22 November 2014 — 15 March 2015 *on now

Before our move to HOME in 2015, we present Playtime, the final exhibition at Cornerhouse that bids farewell to the building and pays homage to the place we have called home since 1985.

For this momentous occasion, nine artists present playful, participatory work inspired by Cornerhouse’s iconic brick structure and director Jacques Tati’s 1967 comedy masterpiece Playtime.

The exhibition features new commissions by Gabriel Lester, Jan St. Werner, Humberto Vélez and Naomi Kashiwagi. Niklas Goldbach and Shannon Plumb present existing work, while Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Rosa Barba and Andy Graydon present new versions of existing work spanning installation, video and sound art and performance.

Playtime will culminate in The Storming, a two-part event devised by Humberto Vélez that will close the exhibition, and Cornerhouse itself, in truly spectacular style. In Part 1 of The Storming, Manchester’s diverse social, cultural and artistic communities will descend on the building for a celebratory performance. Part 2 will get underway with DJs, live music, performance and a re-draft of our creative constitution that places you, the audience, as our final artwork. The Storming takes place on Saturday 4 April 2015. Tickets go on sale in January.