Domestic


New work, live from home.

2020’s series of Domestic “at homes” is an informal online platform for artists to beta test new work, live from their homes… What can you make when your kitchen table, bathroom, or garden tent is the stage — and your camera is the audience?


We’re interested in what artists want to say right now — our open call for proposals seeks short (max 10 mins) live art + contemporary performance works that can be presented online, within an artist’s available resources, at our next event on 7 October.

NB: in the interests of full disclosure, we’re aware that appetite for making work online is on the wane — so we’re using this call out as a litmus test. We believe that this is only worth doing if we can do it well — so if the right work isn’t there to make up a really good programme for 7 October, we might all be better served by not doing it!
Equally, this call out will remain open on a rolling basis for potential future events.

July’s pilot featured six invited artists (watch live stream) and August’s event featured seven works selected from our open call (watch live stream).

Domestic 2020 series presented by Word of Warning + produced by hÅb.
Enquiries: domestic@habmcr.org | DomesticMcr.org | #DomesticMcr


Domestic origins…

In 2013/15/17 we presented Domestic works in tower blocks in transition — little did we know then, that in 2020 our homes would become our only stages and only auditoria…

November 2013 saw a series of intimate interactions, homely conversations + domestic dramas played out in a block of flats, still inhabited but in the midst of major refurbishment — Domestic hosted 7 pieces over 10 days by artists including Alex Bradley, Fergus J Evans, Greg Wohead, Jo Bannon, Leentje Van de Cruys + the vacuum cleaner… Work ranged from an immersive environment in a garage to a solo naked shower piece + a woman’s story of domestic despair atop a ¼ton of potatoes… See the image gallery.

In September 2015, Domestic II was unleashed on a new block of flats, this time uninhabited, but definitely mid-refurbishment — Matthias Court (M3 6JD) was a space in transition — using only the top (15th) + ground floors over 3 nights + a day to show 17 pieces by artists including Afreena Islam, Catherine Hoffman, Cheryl Martin, Leo Burtin, Louise Wallwein, Michael Pinchbeck + Ria Hartley… See a rapid overview on vimeo + the image gallery.

In November 2017, Rent Party: Domestic Edition popped up next door in Salford’s Adelphi Court during its refurb… Part show, part party, Darren Pritchard Dance’s joyously defiant stand against growing up poor is a 21st century, austerity Britain, black, gay, immersive musical — for those just about managing. See the image gallery. Thanks to our generous audiences we donated £574.65 & four crates of food to Salford Foodbank.

Updated 9 September, 2.50pm