Exteria shot of Cornerhouse at night

Who we are


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

Cornerhouse was founded by the Greater Manchester Visual Arts Trust, chaired by Sir Bob Scott, and opened in 1985. We’ve been at the forefront of Manchester’s vibrant cultural scene ever since. Our patrons are Danny Boyle, Damien Hirst and Helen Mirren.

Located on Oxford Road, Cornerhouse houses three floors of contemporary art galleries, three screens showing the best of independent cinema, a bar, café and a bookshop and we get around 500,000 visitors every year.

We also operate an international distribution service for contemporary visual arts books and catalogues, working with over 95 publishers including Arnofini, British Council Visual Arts and Design Publications, Hayward Gallery Publishing, the Henry Moore institute, ICA, The Lowry, Modern Art Oxford, Photoworks and Picture This.

On 1 April 2012 we merged with Manchester’s Library Theatre Company as part of GMAC (Greater Manchester Arts Centre Ltd). The merger was the first step in the creation of HOME, a dynamic, vibrant new producing arts organisation that will be an important addition to Manchester’s cultural scene. In Spring 2015 HOME will move out of the Cornerhouse building to our new, purpose built venue at First Street. Building on the heritage of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, HOME will produce the best in contemporary theatre, visual art and film, learning and participation, creative industries and digital innovation. The patrons of HOME are Danny Boyle, National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, Actress Suranne Jones, playwright and poet Jackie Kay MBE, artists Rosa Barba and Phil Collins and filmmaker Asif Kapadia.

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Christmas Opening Times

The building will be closed from 23:00 on Tue 23 Dec until 09:00 on Fri 2 Jan.

Opening Times

Box Office

Mon - Sun 12:00 - 20:00


Mon Closed, except for Bank Holidays.
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 20:00
Sun 12:00 - 18:00


Mon - Sun 12:00 - 20:00

Ground Floor Bar

Mon - Thu 10:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 00:00 midnight
Sun 11:00 - 22:30


Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00 midnight
Sun 11:00 - 22:30

Contact Us

70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

Box Office and Programme Info: 0161 200 1500
Switchboard: 0161 228 7621
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