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Buy Art Fair, Manchester

The largest art buying events in the North of England open later this week. Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary will return to Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields, Manchester from 26 to 29 September. Following its unparalleled success in 2012, Buy Art Fair, the UK’s biggest contemporary art fair outside London, celebrates its sixth year, while its sister show, The Manchester Contemporary, will mark its fifth anniversary showcasing world-class, critically engaged contemporary art.

In 2012, Buy Art Fair opened its doors to almost 7,000 visitors over four days, up 43 percent on 2011, plus sales of original art at the Fair topped £400,000, an increase of 39 percent. The event was launched in 2008 and has been supported by the Arts Council since 2009. Buy Art Fair famously offers original work from a little as £50 up to £5000+ and has helped to create a new audience for art collectors in Manchester and across the UK, with many visitors purchasing art for the first time and beginning a collection as well as seasoned collectors.

Launched in 2008 and supported 2009-2012 by Arts Council England, with 2013 application pending, Buy Art Fair famously offers original work from a little as £50 up to £5000+ and has helped to create a new audience for art collectors in Manchester and across the UK, with many visitors purchasing art for the first time and beginning a collection as well as seasoned collectors.

With more than 70 galleries from around the UK involved, over 500 artists will be represented at the free shows. Some of those featured are Hepplestone Fine Art, Art Dog London and Atelier Rose and Gray. Across the included galleries the media of painting, sculptures and photography will be covered.

There is also a tour programme scheduled by curators from Manchester Art Galleries and Contemporary Art Society. Giving visitors the opportunity to observe the pieces in-depth, the tour will pick out a selection of artists and allow them to speak on their influences and professional journeys.

Buy Art Fair, 26 – 29 September, Spinningfields, Manchester.

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1. Image courtesy of Buy Art Fair.

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