Manchester’s prestigious Buy Art Fair, which has sold millions of pounds of contemporary art including works by Damian Hirst, Tracy Emin and Grayson Perry, is preparing for its move to Manchester Central, with a Friday night launch and open days of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October.
Buy Art Fair, incorporating The Manchester Contemporary, is the largest and most prestigious art fair outside London, having sold over £3m of art to collectors from across the North of England. The 2017 fair will include 100 exhibiting galleries and artists. In addition, there will be an extended programme of talks, events, demonstrations and the Masterpiece charity dinner at The Whitworth, and for the first time the Buy Art Fair Fringe will see affiliated events and initiatives spilling out across the whole city.
Founder and CEO Thom Hetherington says “We launched Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary at Urbis in October 2008 and following that we had fantastic support from Allied London who allowed us to occupy ‘meanwhile’ spaces around Spinningfields and Old Granada Studios. Now after ten years it is the right time for the fair to secure a venue in Manchester Central which can offer growth and continuity.”
The move will ensure the fair can continue to nurture and develop the North’s burgeoning art scene. Hetherington continues, “Making the leap represents a significant investment on our part but it means Buy Art Fair 2017 will house the largest collection of exhibiting galleries and artists ever seen outside the capital. We have a host of new features and an expanded ‘Buy Art Fair Fringe’, and we are confident that we will attract more art lovers than ever."
It was recently announced that Heart & Sold will be joining the Art Fair for the first time. Representing more than 30 talented painters, illustrators and photographers worldwide, Heart & Sold is a pioneering arts initiative that promotes and supports artists with Down Syndrome and provides a platform from which to sell their work.