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Home girl

CURATOR SARAH PERKS HATED ART AT SCHOOL. NOW SHE’S HEADING UP HOME, MANCHESTER’S NEW CULTURAL MECCA
PHOTO REBECCA LUPTON

Manchester’s much-loved arts hub Cornerhouse is no more, but a new cultural Mecca, HOME, has risen from the ashes. At its helm, with the title of Artistic Director: Visual Art, is northern powerhouse Sarah Perks, 37. DIVA found out more.

DIVA: What’s your earliest memory of art in a public setting, like a museum or gallery, Sarah?

SARAH PERKS: As youngster, I was obsessed with foreign language cinema, I loved the different ways of telling stories. I sort of grew up in Cornerhouse; I went to the theatre and art galleries, and then bars, gigs and clubs. Culture from low to high has always felt really important to me, particularly how it affects the way we understand the world and talk about it. Art for me is very political and international, yet it has to have an emotional impact and have space within it for people to react. Contemporary visual art has a free spirit and integrity I’ve yet to experience in any other art form, it mutates, evolves and affects everything around it.

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