A look ahead to Manchester’s Buy Art Fair

Withy Grove, Manchester. Original Watercolour by Janet Kenyon

Withy Grove, Manchester. Original Watercolour by Janet Kenyon - Credit: Archant

Booming Buy Art Fair to bring big names to Manchester.

Jane Calantha

Jane Calantha - Credit: Archant

The inspiring Buy Art Fair returns to the vibrant city of Manchester this September for its third year, and promises to be the best line up to date. The Buy Art Fair has made a name for itself in the industry as it is now recognised as one of the UK’s most important festivals of visual arts. Manchester’s Old Granada Studios will once again be the host of this popular event running from Thursday 22nd September to Sunday 25th. The Manchester Buy Art Fair promises to be an exciting event for all art lovers, from browsers to first time buyers to serious art collectors. This year, an impressive three thousand pieces of art from a hundred exhibiting galleries and artists will be on display and up for sale to the admiring public. This year, an impressive three thousand pieces of art from a hundred exhibiting galleries and artists will be on display and up for sale to the admiring public.

The Manchester Contemporary will also be taking place alongside the Buy Arts Fair this year, which is considered one of the UK’s leading contemporary art fairs outside of London. The fair offers work from critically engaging, exciting and emerging contemporary artists and galleries. It offers art collectors the opportunity to be the first to purchase pieces from upcoming artists who may go on to feature in major public institutions. It has been praised as an incubator for emerging artistic talent, all of which will be displayed in over 25 booth presentations. There will also be the opportunity to partake in a guided tour of the exhibits led by leading city art curators.

Manchester Buy Art Fair

Manchester Buy Art Fair - Credit: Archant

The line up for this years Buy Art Fair is the most compelling to date with returning artists and galleries such as Nathan Pendlebury, whose work has featured on the latest Jake Bugg album, and local Manchester Whitworth gallery. BBC Bargain Hunt’s David Harper will also be amongst the line up as he is showcasing his own paintings for the first time in Manchester. In between browsing the stands there will also plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself into drawing workshops, including the return of Hot Bed Press’ print workshops and drawing classes with Brian Raymond from Manchester’s AWOL Studios. There will also be a range of artist’s talks, guided tours and children’s activities.

“This year’s fair, as well as having over 3,000 pieces of art to browse and buy, will offer something for everyone with talks, classes and workshops running every day. All ages and levels of expertise are catered for with an incredible range of artists showcasing their work and a packed schedule of events, demonstrations and guided tours. Pick up a piece of art to take home, get creative in a free class or enjoy lunch at our BEASTro Café. Buy Art Fair is a fun, accessible and thought provoking environment in which to indulge your love of art,” says Sophie Helm, the Fair Director.

The food available at this years Fair will also be another piece of artwork as fresh off the TV food entrepreneurs Bangers and Mash will be unveiling their new BEASTro Café concept. They will be serving up a wide selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes from their pop up restaurant, as well as their famous ‘Mashup’ sausages and mash brand which is sure to be a hit with the crowds. Buy Art Fair CEO Thom Hetherington says “A pop-up restaurant was always part of our plan to reaffirm the events’ position not just as an acclaimed art fair but as a true lifestyle weekend destination, combining the best of art and culture with superb food and drink.”

The Buy Art Fair commences with an opening night on the 22nd September. For more information, to book tickets or to browse the exhibitors who will be featured, visit buyartfair.co.uk

Don’t forget to share the fair on social media using the hashtag #BAFMcr.