The Manchester Contemporary is the only fair of critically engaged art of its kind outside London.


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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.

The Manchester Contemporary is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Featured 2017 Exhibitors

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  • Pavel Bucher returns to the fair for the third in his series of conversations. This year he will be chatting to Poppy Bowers, exhibitions curator at The Whitworth, and artist Simeon Barclay
  • Collectors, Collections and Collecting.

    Join us for a presentation from Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford and a Q&A chaired by Paulette Terry Brien, Co-Director of The International 3, Salford, that will explore and examine the motivations for and impact of public, private and corporate collecting.

    Saturday 28 October 2017, 14:00

  • The Manchester Contemporary and its sister event Buy Art Fair celebrate their tenth edition with a move to Manchester Central, the award-winning exhibition centre created from the historic Manchester Central railway station.
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'Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England


Landmark Investments Group

Manchester School of Art

5Plus Architects

Cheadle Hulme School

Manchester City Council

Manchester Evening News

J W Lees


The Prinicipal Manchester

Jack Arts

Own Art

Hetherington Framers

Leopold Eaton