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Art In Business event brings professionals closer to the city's art ecology

03 Oct 2017

The organisers of Buy Art Fair & The Manchester Contemporary have launched a new event, Art In Business, to offer business professionals an insight into the art world through personal collecting, building corporate collections, and the benefits of public institution patronage.


Successful business professionals have always been significant art buyers, but it can be hard to know how to start, or how to develop, as a collector. How does one select a work or artist? What questions should be asked? How does the secondary market work?


Taking place at Manchester Art Gallery on Friday 27 October from 15:30 guests are invited to an exclusive and unique event where a panel of respected art professionals will discuss the theory and practicalities of personal art collecting, corporate art collecting, art investment, and patronage. Tickets are free and can be booked online at buyartfair.co.uk/artinbusiness


The panel will be chaired by Thom Hetherington, CEO of Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary includes Kate Jesson, Curator, Manchester Art Gallery; Tom Dingle, Senior Director, Thomas Dane Gallery; Sally Hill, Head of Brand Strategy, Bruntwood; and Ben Cauldwell, Private Collector.


Thom Hetherington says “Our fair has always attracted a large audience of corporates and professionals, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for them develop as collectors, both personal and corporate, and to help them understand how accessible and rewarding engaging with public institutions can be.”


Thom was recently appointed as a trustee of Manchester Art Gallery and sits on the board of Castlefield Gallery.


Immediately following the event all attendees will receive entry to the VIP Preview for Buy Art Fair & The Manchester Contemporary, an providing the perfect opportunity to put learnings to practice.


As the largest art fair in the North of England, Buy Art Fair, featuring The Manchester Contemporary, presents thousands of original contemporary works from 100 exhibiting UK and international galleries and artists. An astonishing £3 million worth of art has been sold over the last decade, including works by internationally-renowned artists Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and Grayson Perry. Pieces range from £50 to £5,000+ and include paintings, photography, sculpture and prints.

Buy Art Fair opens with a VIP Preview at 17:00 on Friday 27 October, while public days take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October, 10:00-18:00 and 10:00-17:00 respectively.

Don’t miss the North’s favourite art fair – weekend tickets and a limited number of VIP launch event tickets are available now at www.buyartfair.co.uk.

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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