Take full advantage of what Contact has to offer. You can hire the entire building or individual rooms and spaces; from our meeting room for ten people with video conferencing facilities, through to Space 1, our end on theatre with capacity of 290, and everything in between.

Please see below for the range of spaces available to hire.

  • Space 1

    Space 1 is our end on main theatre auditorium with a variable seating capacity (the standard capacity is 290 seated).

    It has fixed seating and is fully equipped with a variety of lighting, sound, and AV equipment, as well as a variable sized stage.

    It is particularly well suited for conferences and large lectures, as well as large creative performance hires.


  • Space 2

    Space 2 is our dynamic, black-box style theatre with a variable seating capacity (standard end on seated capacity is 60).

    It is fully equipped with a variety of lighting, sound, and AV equipment, and is particularly well suited for small lectures, large meetings and workshops, as well as University showcases and smaller creative performance hires.


  • Space 3

    Space 3 is our purpose-built bright and airy rehearsal room.

    It has polished wooden floors and a large window.

    It is particularly well suited for small lectures, large meetings and workshops, as well as rehearsal space for performances.


  • Space 5

    Space 5 is our open to the public, front of house Space next to the Box Office.

    This is available to hire for open mic, music or cabaret events, or informal meetings, networking events and celebrations.


  • Contact Lounge

    Contact Lounge is our stylish in-house cafe bar. It serves Fairtrade teas and coffees, home made delicious seasonal food, and a variety of beers, spirits and wines.

    The Lounge can comfortably accommodate around 80 patrons. It also benefits from a sunny beer garden with additional seating for about 25 more people.

    The Lounge is particularly well-suited for networking events and celebrations and also provides catering services for all other Space hires at Contact.


  • Meeting room

    Our Meeting Room is neat and professional and can sit 10 around a large round wooden table.

    The room also benefits from a large flatscreen wall-mounted monitor, a PC with wireless keyboard, a webcam, and high-speed broadband. It is particularly well suited for small business meetings, interviews, and video conferencing.



Amnesty International, BBC (various departments), Big Foot Theatre. Community Arts North West, The Co-operative Group, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Company, FutureEverything, Inspired Lives, Maynard Leigh Associates, North West Drama Services, PANDA Salford University, Save The Children, Shakespeare School Festival, The University of Manchester…and many more.

Creative Experts

Want to make full use of Contact as a centre for excellence in the arts? Why not consider adding a performance element to your event or hire our training services? For more info, see our Creative Experts page or select the option to find out more about our Creative Experts on the Space Hire Enquiry form.

Hires Policy

Contact is a dynamic, young person’s arts organisation and a charity. Our building is a safe space and neutral environment for young people. We hire our space in order to support our work with young people. The subject matter of events, as well as the ethos of companies hiring our spaces, is always considered. We take enquiries from anyone to hire our spaces, but reserve the right to refuse to hire space.

To Hire

Please download the Space Hire Enquiry form below and return the form by email to or by post: FAO Administrator, Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please speak to our Administrator on 0161 274 0628.

Space Hire Enquiry Form