It’s the tenth edition of Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary in 2017 – and this prestigious event is moving to a new, world-class venue. Launched at Urbis, Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary moved to the Old Granada Studios in 2010 – a “meanwhile” space according to Founder and CEO Thom Hetherington. Now the event will make use of the world-class facilities in award-winning exhibition centre Manchester Central: housed in the former Manchester Central railway station, the venue is not only in a prime location (right behind The Midland Hotel, close to Deansgate station), it also offers room to grow. This year, it will be the largest collection of exhibiting galleries and artists outside of London.
The artists on show at Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary range from new, emerging figures to some of the biggest names in the art world. To give you an idea: Tracey Emin has sold work there, the award-winning Jake Bugg has chosen a Buy Art Fair artist’s work for the cover of his new album On My One – and this year sees an expansion of the Buy Art Fringe, with affiliated events and initiatives taking place across the city. The idea behind it all? A two-part event that combines a fantastic opportunity to take art home (perhaps for the first time), with the chance to discover cutting-edge contemporary artists.
The Manchester Contemporary is a thing to be looked at and admired for anyone who’s not a serious collector; the curated selection of exhibitors here usually come with a hefty price tag. Buy Art Fair, on the other hand, distinguishes itself from most exhibitions by placing the emphasis on the art being yours to keep, if you want. It’s a truly varied collection of work from a huge range of galleries, spanning painting, sculpture, photography and craft. There will also be an extended programme of talks, events and demonstrations, as well as food and drink on site. This is a highlight event in Manchester’s calendar – don’t miss it.