Hire our space

esea contemporary is located in the vibrant Northern Quarter of Manchester's city centre, offering RIBA award-winning spaces that are well-equipped and fully accessible to accommodate various functions and events.

Our building is fully accessible, and our flexible space can be adapted to suit your needs. We are equipped with high-speed wifi, video conferencing and AV facilities. Our in-house technician will be on hand to provide support from planning to delivery.

All income generated by the hire of our spaces directly supports our artistic programme and community engagement activity.  

If you wish to make a booking or an enquiry regarding the availability of our spaces, please download and fill in the Booking Form, and email it to hire@eseacontemporary.org with your requirements, or call 0161 832 7271 to find out more.

esea Studio

Situated on our lower ground floor, the esea Studio is a purpose-built space perfect for workshops, talks, seminars, and a variety of other private functions. It is equipped with projector and speakers in situ. The space is fully flexible with a removable partition wall that can be pulled across for breakout sessions or added privacy in meetings.

For more information, download our digital brochure.

For more information, download our Digital Brochure

Availability: the esea Studio is available for hire throughout the year.

Room specifications

Capacity Standing: 60

Theatre style: 40

Boardroom: 12-14 (one table) / 26 (two tables)

Cabaret: 20-25

esea Studio, photo by Constantin Brosteanu

Communal Project Space

With its convenient street access and generous windows, the Communal Project Space is an ideal option for pop-up events and activities. This versatile space is available for a limited duration, serving as an intermediary venue between our exhibitions and public programmes.

Upcoming availability: November - December 2023.

Room specifications

Capacity Standing: 30 - 40

Theatre style: 20 - 30

Cabaret: 12 - 16

Communal Project Space, photo by Joe Smith


The Gallery has been a premier venue for countless contemporary art exhibitions and grand-scale events. It offers the ideal blank canvas, ready to be transformed according to your creative vision.

Upcoming availability: November - December 2023.

Room specifications

Capacity Standing: 80

Theatre style: 50

Cabaret: 40

aaajiao, 'Remnants of an Electronic Past', 2016, photo by Constantin Brosteanu