When: 27 to 29 September 2013
Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary, the north of England’s biggest art buying events, will return to Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields, Manchester from 27 to 29 September 2013.
Following its unparalleled success in 2012, Buy Art Fair, the UK’s biggest contemporary art fair outside London, celebrates its sixth year, while its sister show, The Manchester Contemporary, will mark its fifth anniversary showcasing world-class, critically engaged contemporary art.
Last year saw Buy Art Fair welcome almost 7,000 visitors over four days, up 43% on 2011, plus sales of original art at the Fair topped £400,000, an increase of 39%. Launched in 2008 and Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Buy Art Fair famously offers original work from a little as £50 up to £5000+ and has helped to create a new audience for art collectors in Manchester and across the UK, with many visitors purchasing art for the first time and beginning a collection as well as seasoned collectors.
More than 70 galleries from around the UK will exhibit at Buy Art Fair this year with over 500 artists represented at the free shows. Popular galleries such as Hepplestone Fine Art, Art Dog London and Atelier Rose and Gray will return to exhibit paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media works to an expected audience of 7,500.
Tours hosted by curators from Manchester Art Galleries and Contemporary Art Society and will give visitors an in-depth look at works by selected artists and an opportunity to hear about their influences and professional journeys as well as highlighting ones to watch
Thom Hetherington, Buy Art Fair’s managing director, said: “Over the years, Buy Art Fair has brought original art and the idea of buying work and collecting pieces, to a new and broad audience as well as introducing emerging artists and galleries to existing Northern collectors. Our passion for accessing, appreciating and investing in original art has rubbed off and we’re seeing new collectors each year, as well as more established buyers and even curators from national institutions.
Register for your free ticket at www.buyartfair.co.uk