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Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. We make original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people who are in it. Whatever form it takes, our work begins and ends with the people in the room. Over the last 20 years, we've collaborated with a shifting constellation of artists, performers and people who've never done anything like this before. Our work seeks to create the circumstances for a conversation between strangers...

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Launching Tenancy – can you help?

Posted: 28 September 2018

We’re excited to reveal that we’ll soon get the keys to a two-bed home on the border of Manchester and Salford. The house, part of Urban Splash’s new Irwell Riverside development, will be the site of our new project Tenancy.

We’ll rent the house for just over a year. During this time local, national and international artists will take up temporary residence in the house, get to know their neighbours and make new work in collaboration with local people. We’ll also host a series of conversations, shared meals and other events in the house.

Tenancy is a direct response to the extraordinary growth and change that has gripped Manchester and Salford in recent years.

Twenty years ago, a few thousand people lived in and around Manchester city centre. Today this figure has risen to over 50,000. But as cranes tower over the city’s skyline, there’s been a visible rise in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets below and the waiting list for social housing has swollen to 80,000 across the Greater Manchester region.

Tenancy asks what is happening to neighbourliness amid this paradox of boom and crisis. We’ll examine how these bright new cities are being shaped – who is making decisions and who is benefitting; what new communities are being created, and what might be being lost.

The visiting artists will work in a variety of artforms, from drawing to performance, to create work in response to the project’s themes. The first residency will take place in November and we’ll announce the artists names shortly.

Can you help make the house a home?

Tenancy is one of our most ambitious projects yet and we need your help to ensure it reaches as many people as possible – and has a real impact.  

The house is still being constructed and we will be its very first occupants. Renting it furnished means the big items are taken care of, but the artists and other visitors will still need kitchen equipment, cleaning supplies, soft furnishings – and all the other things that make a house a home.

We’ve created a wish list of items – please help us by selecting an item to donate, here: www.amazon.co.uk

As a charity, Quarantine receives regular funding from Arts Council England and Manchester City Council, but we need additional support to do the work we do. Donating an item will free up valuable resources that we can spend on artistic projects, events and work with local communities.

If you would like to donate an item that’s not on the list or support the project in another way, get in touch with Quarantine’s Communications & Development Manager Frances Richens on 0161 839 4392 or via email at frances@qtine.com.

Have you got a view on how Manchester and Salford are changing? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the key issues and questions we should be addressing in Tenancy. Get in touch by e-mailing info@qtine.com.


Tenancy is part of Meet the Neighbours, an international cross-artform project supported by the EU’s Creative Europe Programme. Meet the Neighbours is taking place in Manchester and Salford, UK; Béthune, Lillers & Bruay-la-Bussiere, France; Lublin, Poland; Marrakech, Morocco; and Groningen, Netherlands.

Tenancy has been made possible through the support of Slater Heelis, Ben Caldwell, Tom Bloxham, Urban Splash, The Bloxham Charitable Trust and The Granada Foundation.