The Manchester Contemporary, the largest exhibition outside the capital to focus on emerging contemporary art, returns to Manchester for its 5th year on 26-29 September 2013.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and housed in Spinningfields, the Manchester Contemporary is the longest running even of its type in the UK, is free to enter and a key date in the art collector’s diary and the event to discover emerging contemporary artists.
The Manchester Contemporary is curated by Manchester-based The International 3, and brings together over 20 galleries showcasing the work of internationally exhibiting artists alongside emerging artists and new discoveries.
With an emphasis on introducing emerging contemporary art to new audiences, engaging diverse audiences and developing awareness of the contemporary visual arts, The Manchester Contemporary also runs progamme of guided tours for members of the public help to dispel the often untouchable world of contemporary art.
Paulette Terry Brien & Laurence Lane, Directors at The International 3 and curators of The Manchester Contemporary commented: “We are delighted to announce that the 2013 edition of The Manchester Contemporary will be the biggest yet with our largest list of participants to date, at least a third of whom will be taking part for the very first time. Alongside a year-on-year growth in audience and ever increasing sales, this is further evidence of a growing appetite for the high quality art-buying opportunity that The Manchester Contemporary provides.”
This year’s exhibition programme brings together critically engaging contemporary art from galleries such as Seventeen, Workplace Gallery, Limoncello and WORKS|PROJECTS.
Dr. Maria Balshaw, Director of Manchester City Art Galleries explains, “The Manchester Contemporary is starting to do something Manchester urgently needs, which is create excitement, debate and even purchasing of great work emerging from younger artists and galleries across the North ”
Fair Director Thom Hetherington explains “The Manchester Contemporary thrives in this creative and dynamic city, and so it seems natural to house an exhibition of radical and challenging work in a city like Manchester”.
Register for free tickets at www.themanchestercontemporary.com