Since its launch in 2008, Manchester Art Fair has quietly become one of the UK’s largest and most significant art fairs with its aim of making viewing and buying quality art accessible and enjoyable. Returning to Manchester Central between November 17 and 19, the fair will be the biggest to date, increasing its footprint by 35% on 2022 and with even more new artists and galleries to discover.
Over 170 UK and international individual artists, galleries, and artist led spaces will show, with new entrants including Demif Gallery, British Art Portfolio, Art Court and First Contemporary. They will feature alongside returning exhibitors Saul Hay Gallery, Hidden Gallery and Carnes Fine Art amongst others.
Manchester Art Fair director, Sophie Helm, said: “We can’t wait to bring the community built by Manchester Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary back together in November. Once again, we are stepping up our ambitions for the fair by introducing more galleries and artists to our audience. This year’s programme features an exciting breadth of names, many of whom will be joining us in person to share the inspiration behind their work and journey as an artist.
“We look forward to also setting a new record for the Manchester Contemporary Art Fund, as we commit to tripling this year’s fund for Manchester Art Gallery’s public collection. One of the most significant philanthropic art funds in the country, it’s a foundation of which Greater Manchester can be proud, providing the opportunity for people to enjoy art for years to come.”
This year’s Manchester Art Fair will deliver an extended programme of activity to accompany the fair with exclusive drops of limited-edition prints, workshops for adults and kids, a sculpture pavilion, and larger schedule of high-profile artist talks and Q&As. There will also be advice on how to build or start your art collection.
The Manchester Contemporary will continue to run alongside the event, widening the breadth of art to discover. This is a collegiate fair for young galleries, artist-led spaces, charitable organisations, and partner institutions providing a critically engaged environment for artistic exploration and development.
The full list of galleries and artists, along with a preview of some of the work which will be available to buy, can be found here. The fair opens with a preview night at Manchester Central on Friday 17 November from 5-9pm, followed by public days on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (10am – 4pm). Tickets start from £10 and are now available here.