Manchester’s fair for emerging contemporary art

Taking place alongside Buy Art Fair, The Manchester Contemporary is an unrivalled incubator of artistic talent. Using bold curatorial judgement it offers works for sale from the most exciting, critically engaged contemporary artists and galleries, many of whom then embark on the international art fair network

With a record number of new galleries hailing from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Salford, Preston, Liverpool, Cardiff, Nottingham, Middlesbrough and Worcester, The Manchester Contemporary encourages and de-mystifies engagement with contemporary art, creating a fresh and engaging journey of discovery for all that choose to join it.

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The Manchester Contemporary includes over 25 booth presentations as well as the chance to join a guided tour of the exhibits led by leading city art curators.

Stay with us a while and enjoy the cafe, then when you have bought your favourite piece(s!) take advantage of some of the many food and drink offers available around the city.

How to get here: 

Old Granada Studios St Johns,
Quay Street,
M3 4PR

Sat Nav: M3 4PR

The nearest NCP carparks are Water Street, Bridge Street, New Bailey Street and Spinningfields. Their locations can be seen here.

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