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Exhibiting Opportunities

The Manchester Contemporary is dedicated to bringing together the most exciting, up and coming galleries and artists from across the UK to Manchester.

Launched in 2008, The Manchester Contemporary is committed to encouraging and developing a market for critically engaged contemporary art in the region. It provides an opportunity for audiences to access high calibre contemporary art by exhibiting international artists alongside those that are new and emerging.

It takes place alongside Manchester Art Fair and since their launch in 2008, the fairs have welcomed over 60,000 people through the doors and sold over £3.5m worth of art.

  • "The Manchester Contemporary plays a significant role in developing artists at an earlier point in their career. At a time when the UK is looking to build the contemporary art market outside of London platforms such as this fair play an important part in creating a more developed regional market."
    Maria Balshaw
    Director, Tate

New Curator

Nathaniel Pitt, founder of Division of Labour, has been appointed Curator. Pitt will oversee the exhibitor roster, as well as advise on collector development and strategic partnerships, further strengthening TMC’s relationships with collectors, exhibitors and institutions in the UK and worldwide.

“I’m pleased and proud to be appointed as the new curator for The Manchester Contemporary. The Manchester Contemporary is the only UK invitational art fair for critically engaged contemporary art outside London. The fair fosters lasting relationships with art professionals and collectors together with emerging galleries and artists. ,” commented Nathaniel.
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.


Why Manchester?

Manchester has a flourishing cultural scene and is one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Manchester Art fair is perfectly located in a city centre venue and attracts an affluent art buying audience of local high net worth individuals from across the Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The 2017 fair saw 7,473 visitors across the weekend Manchester Central Exhibition Centre is easy to reach thanks to Manchester’s extensive transport network. Manchester city region has a population of 3m, with 7m within 1 hour and 21.5m within 2 hours. There is free WIFI for visitors and exhibitors, onsite car parking for 700 cars and a dedicated tram stop.

Supported in 2018 by

Aviva Investors

Arts Council England

5 Plus Architects

Cass Art

Cheadle Hulme School

G F Smith


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J W Lees

Jack Arts

Landmark Investments

Manchester City Council

Manchester Evening News

Manchester School of Art

The Principal

Willoughbys Wine