Over the next two years, Contact will have a major expansion and refurbishment, transforming our building for the next generation of audiences, artists and young people.

In 2019 Contact will re-open with new performance spaces; a new recording studio for our young people’s music projects; an arts and health development space; new offices for artists and cultural organisations to hire and work alongside us; a new café/bar and many other exciting new features.

This vital project will:

  • Increase the number and range of creative opportunities for young people
  • Strengthen our financial performance and sustainability
  • Improve access throughout the building
  • Improve our environmental performance

Our new building will enable us to:

  • secure a sustainable, long-term future for our work locally, nationally and internationally
  • nurture talent, creativity and leadership among the young people of Greater Manchester
  • take new, distinctive cultural work – created in Manchester – to the world stage
  • help more young people at risk of exclusion to connect, create and thrive

Arts Council England has awarded Contact £3.85 million towards this £6.5 million redevelopment project. We have now secured significant funding from Manchester City Council, and help in-kind from Manchester University and Bruntwood. We have also received generous support from charitable trusts and foundations including the Foyle Foundation, the Granada Foundation, Wellcome Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Oglesby Charitable Trust. We continue to fundraise to secure the remaining target.

While building work is happening throughout 2018, we will move into a temporary home at The Millennium Powerhouse in Moss Side, and run an exciting year-long programme of events and festivals in new locations, with major partner venues, and in the heart of local communities. We will also continue to deliver our award-winning work with young people across Greater Manchester.


To find out more and help us to realise our vision, please contact Jane Hall, Development Manager, or call 0161 274 0657.


‘I know more lives transformed because of Contact than I can count. Some of the most prolific artists I’ve met started out at Contact. Contact has always championed young people, and were years ahead of everyone in promoting diversity. I’m delighted to support this new era in Contact’s life in our glorious city, bringing that wonderful building bang up to date to host the next generation of exciting, vital, diverse and ground-breaking work.’ Julie Hesmondhalgh

Contact was my first acting home. The building means the world to me, the young people it houses, my friends; it thoroughly deserves all the support in the world.’ Fisayo Akinade