Manchester Open 2024 at HOME

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor
Connection by Tinuke Fagbourn
Connection by Tinuke Fagbourn.

Manchester Open at HOME Manchester, Manchester Until 28 April 2024 Entrance is free — Visit now

It’s that time again – Manchester Open is back at HOME for its 2024 edition, celebrating the enormous variety of talent and creative thought from Manchester-based artists.

The nine member judging panel had the unenviable job of reviewing and selecting submissions from 1,800 – the most ever received in the history of the exhibition. 480 works were chosen in total and the sheer amount is a testament to the creative spirit present in the city. Entrants range in age from five to 83 years old, while the works themselves include painting, print, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, video, audio and performance. Visitors can expect a truly eclectic exhibition – you’ll certainly find pieces you’ll love, ones that will surprise you and some that you won’t be able to stop thinking about.

Packs a Punch by Fleur Yearsley
Fleur Yearsley

Indeed, Greater Manchester’s largest open art exhibition has an added bonus too – many of the listed pieces are available for sale. Whether you’re a budding art collector or a seasoned connoisseur, Manchester Open 2024 is the place to buy original artworks, to start or add to your collection. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, which include artist tours, quiet opening hours, Audio Described and BSL tours, and Family Friendly activities so check the website for more information.

Liar by Eve Gittens
Eve Gittens

A number of prizes will also be awarded by HOME in collaboration with Castlefield Gallery. There are three Professional Development Awards, a HOME award that leads to a solo exhibition in the Granada Foundation Galleries and, most excitingly for the audience, the Manchester Open People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by exhibition visitors. Each trophy has been created by local ceramicist and designer Joe Hartley especially for the exhibition, adding a very special hand-crafted touch to the competition. 

Come along, celebrate the boundless talent and creativity of Manchester and pick your favourite too!

Manchester Open at HOME Manchester, Manchester Until 28 April 2024 Entrance is free Visit now


  • Audio Described
  • British Sign Language

What's on at HOME Manchester

Blue Beard at HOME
Blue Beard at HOME

Emma Rice and Wise Children return with a beguiling and feminist folk tale exploring curiosity, consent and the power of vengeance.

from £11.20

Where to go near Manchester Open 2024 at HOME

Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

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The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

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Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

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Burgess Cafe Bar

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

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Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

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The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

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