If you thought buying art is just for multi-millionaires, think again. Buy Art Fair, the biggest art fair outside London is back in September for its eighth year of bringing you works of art that you don’t need a small fortune to be able to buy…
Buy Art Fair showcases the finest galleries from the UK and abroad, representing both up-and-coming talent and the biggest established names.
This year’s show promises to be the best yet with plenty for those who simply enjoy engaging with great art as well as those coming to buy. This year’s line up includes a programme of cultural talks and conversations, a top-notch food and drink offering from Living Ventures, music and live performances, print workshops and artists painting live, guest installations, guided tours of The Manchester Contemporary, as well as the chance to hang before you buy in bespoke room sets. There’s even a concierge service to help buyers find the right piece.
CEO Thom Hetherington believes that part of the show’s appeal is Manchester’s booming arts and culture scene.
“Manchester’s cultural renaissance is undeniable, led by Manchester International Festival, Whitworth Art Gallery and HOME, along with smaller spaces like Castlefield Gallery. It is a momentum that is happening across the North and I think our art buyers, who come from across the region, feel proud and excited not only to have the chance to acquire wonderful pieces of art but also to be part of the process of supporting and nurturing the arts scene up here.”
Visitors can combine a browse around Buy Art Fair with the chance to get out and explore the city’s cultural offerings, from big names to hidden gems, with an official art trail map. Exclusive special offers to discover Manchester’s growing food scene will make the fair a true occasion.
Thom has one piece of advice for potential buyers: “Do your research ahead of time. Images of all of the art from all our artists and galleries will be listed on the Buy Art Fair and the Manchester Contemporary websites by late summer, and if you know who and what you are coming to see then it makes the experience so much easier and more productive when you walk through the door.”
It’s £3 on the door but three day passes are free. So whether you’re looking for something to hang in the lounge or think you can spot the next Damian Hirst, or whether you’re a seasoned collector or just buy-curious, why not take a look?
Buy Art Fair 2015
Old Granada Studios
September 24-27 2015