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The Manchester Contemporary has been established for over ten years and with The Manchester Art Fair is the largest art fair outside London.

Each year we carefully select exhibitors from established galleries, emerging galleries and artist-led spaces to showcase in Manchester for our growing audience of private and corporate art collectors. 

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The fair was launched in response to an Arts Council report which was looking for more art fairs and selling platforms for innovative contemporary art outside of London. 

Over the past decade it has developed into two distinctive fairs. The first providing a platform for commercial galleries and individual artists and the second a platform for emerging and early career galleries and artist led spaces producing critically engaged work.

Past Sponsors

5Plus Architects, Axa Art Insurance,  Cass Art, Cheadle Hulme School, EPR Architects, G F Smith, i newspaper, J W Lees, Jaguar, Landmark Investment Group, Kennedys, Manchester Art School, Old Granada Studios, SKV Communications, Private White V.C, Salboy, TLT Solicitors, urbanbubble, Williams BMW, White Circle, u+i

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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 2018 fair saw 8,098 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 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.

‘We value The Manchester Contemporary as an opportunity to build our profile with peers in the North, to network and to meet new upcoming artists, and as akey point of sale in our annual calendar’.
Julie Lomax, Development Director, Liverpool Biennial

Headline sponsorship and partnership packages are available. For more information please contact us.

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