Electric Sheep friend and contributor Jason Wood has announced that he is leaving Curzon to become Artist Director of Film at HOME, Manchester. Jason will programme the best in international contemporary cinema as well as commissioning, curating and encouraging cross-art form collaboration in conjunction with his co-artistic directors. The film programme at HOME will embrace the evolving the role of cinema space as an environment in which live performance and cross-art events can play an increasingly important role.
Jason takes the role following five years at Cuzon Director of Programming at Curzon. Curzon praised his service to the company, his passionate commitment to cinema, immaculate taste and wealth of expertise and thanked Jason for his contribution to all aspects of the group.
HOME is a £25m new cultural centre for Manchester, opening to the public in Spring 2015, which will produce and present an ambitious programme of contemporary visual art, film and theatre. Formed from the merger of two of Manchester’s cultural organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, HOME’s programme will directly involve artists and audiences. The new building, designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, will feature five purpose-built cinema screens as well as digital production and broadcast facilities, a 500-seat theatre; a 150-seat flexible theatre; a 500m2, 4m high gallery space; five cinema screens and a café bar and restaurant.