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To 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.

EASELProjects are a dedicated, experienced team based in the North of England. For over twenty years we have been delivering exhibitions and events in the areas we are hugely passionate about, culture and hospitality.

We aim to create a more inclusive and supportive event for our exhibitors and to develop a sense of community for the art collectors of the North.

How To Apply

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"The Fair continues to be a genuine counterweight to London – and a real part of the art world ecology outside the capital"
i newspaper 4* review

“I am really impressed with how Manchester’s art scene has developed in recent years. 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.”
Frank Cohen  Art Collector

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With an international reputation for the visual arts and institutions such as Manchester Art Gallery, The Whitworth, HOME, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry and the soon to be opened Factory, Manchester is the ‘original modern city’.

Manchester city region has a population of 7m within 1 hour and 21.5m within 2 hours.

The Fair’s venue, Manchester Central located at the heart of the city centre is served by its own dedicated tram stop, free city centre shuttle buses and on-site parking for 700 cars.

Combing state-of-the-art exhibition facilities and little extras such as dedicated porters and trolleys we aim to make exhibiting as easy as possible. Once the Fair’s doors close at the end of a successful day the city centre’s restaurants, bars and theatres are on your doorstep to enjoy!

Manchester Art Fair & The Manchester Contemporary 2022, our most successful to date

140

Gallery and artist stands

13,039

Visitors to the fair

£850k

Spent on art

74%

spent 1-2 hours exploring the fair.

82%

visit The Manchester Contemporary

84%

of visitors come from Manchester, Greater Manchester & Cheshire.

30%

own more than 10 pieces of art.

91%

spend up to £5,000 a year on art.

96%

of visitors are aged 25 and above

Working with The Manchester Contemporary as a strategic partner in the North West has been invaluable, we really understand and share the desire to hold a sustainable arts ecology that pays artists and can support galleries and collectors in Manchester.
A Modest Show

It's a great showcase for what we do in the city. The footfall was amazing. There was never a moment when we didn't have someone on the stand. PAPER

Great showcase event that is a melting pot of creative magic for new and existing creative people.
Orbis Community

The Manchester Contemporary is an exciting opportunity to showcase your work in an energised and supportive space. There's a community spirit between the exhibitors which creates a welcoming atmosphere for the people attending the fair. 
Paradise Works

Marketing in partnership with Manchester Art Fair

Posters    

Posters    

Digital and traditional poster advertising sites are located across the city centre region.
Leaflets

Leaflets

150,000 Leaflets are distributed to cultural partners, retail and leisure venues, city centre apartments and homes across Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Social Media

Social Media

Our social media reach was 30,000+ followers and 400,000+ impressions across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in November 2022. 

Emails

Emails

Email campaigns featuring exhibiting artists and galleries are sent to our exclusive MAF database of 30,000+ subscribers.

2023 Prices

Large

2 walls

4m x 4m - £1600+VAT

3 walls

5m x 4m - £2000+VAT

Medium

5m x 2m - £1250 +VAT

4m x 3m - £1500 +VAT

6m x 2m - £1500 +VAT   

Corner Stand (15m) - £1500 +VAT

Corner Stand (16m) - £1600 +VAT

Project Spaces

3m x 2m - £750 +VAT

3.5m x 2m - £875 +VAT

4m x 2m - £1000 +VAT

Criteria

  • There are no geographical restrictions for exhibitors
  • All exhibitors must show original work and all work must be for sale
  • Original prints and prints made with the hand of the artist are acceptable with a maximum edition size of 100
  • Limited edition fine art photography is accepted when signed and numbered with a maximum edition size of 100
  • The decision of the organiser and curator is final and based upon the basic selection criteria and fair objectives.

Package

  • Standard traditional white wooden walls (3m high) and lighting package
  • Booth Signage
  • Electrics (for artwork only)
  • Secure artwork storage
  • Profile on website including art preview and news
  • Inclusion in complimentary catalogue provided to visitors 
  • Free art wrap service
  • Complimentary tickets
  • Free WiFi
  • Porters to help with loading and unloading during build-up and breakdown

How To Apply

All applicants are asked to apply online providing exhibitor information along with artist details, images, price range and the size of stand required.

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Successful applicants will be contacted with a stand allocation within 4 weeks. Regretfully we cannot provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. 

A deposit of 20% of the total invoice is payable on booking. Followed by 2 instalments of 40%. (Please note any bookings less than 6 months from the event will have stand invoices rolled together accordingly).