Now in its tenth year, The Manchester Contemporary takes a uniquely artist-focused approach, inviting the most exciting international and UK galleries to participate. With careful selection and bold curatorial vision, The Manchester Contemporary showcases the strength of the UK’s regional artists and galleries alongside key international presentations that can only be seen in Manchester.
“I am really impressed with how Manchester’s art scene has developed in recent years and The Manchester Contemporary has been integral to this. There is no shortage of potential art buyers in the region, and the fair is vital to inspire and develop a significant audience of collectors.”
Nathaniel Pitt, founder of Division of Labour, continues as Curator of The Manchester Contemporary. He oversees the exhibitor roster, as well as advising on collector development and strategic partnerships, further strengthening TMC’s relationships with collectors, exhibitors and institutions in the UK and worldwide.
Nathaniel Pitt trained as an artist at Falmouth School of Art in 1997 and gained his MFA from Wolverhampton University 2009 before becoming a fellow at De Appel in Amsterdam, ‘curating in the gallery field.’ Since 2013, Pitt has served as the Director for the gallery Division of Labour, a West-Midlands based not-for-profit dedicated to supporting contemporary art across the UK. With research interests in regional art market development, art and education and collaborative practice, projects have included artists Robert Barry, Victor Burgin, Brian O’Doherty and Carey Young. Pitt has developed an international profile for his gallery, with past presentations in the 2015 Venice Biennale, Brussels, Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong, Basel, Vienna and Dallas.
With an international reputation for world class football and music and a flourishing cultural scene, Manchester is one of Europe’s most exciting cities.
Manchester Art Fair attracts an affluent art buying audience from Manchester, Cheshire and the North. Manchester city region has a population of 3m and a total 21.5m within 2 hours.