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The Manchester Contemporary – 28 to 30 October

Connect with leading UK artists, galleries and collectors over four days in Spinningfields

Published on September 20th 2011.

The Manchester Contemporary – 28 to 30 October

The Manchester Contemporary

The North West’s leading contemporary art fair takes place from 28 to 30 October 2011. Bringing four days of dynamic exhibitions, practical information and engaging talks to Manchester’s Spinningfields district, The Manchester Contemporary art fair aims to show how collecting contemporary art is more accessible than ever before – for the newly enthused and those who have previously invested in more historical art or antiques.

Andy Holden, Kettles Yard Installation ShotKettles Yard Installation Shot

The 2011 Manchester Contemporary art fair is an essential opportunity to connect with the work of emerging and established critically engaged artists exhibited by some of the UK’s leading commercial galleries. If you have ever wondered how collectors make their first purchase, how artists are able to develop internationally renowned careers or what is currently driving the contemporary art world, then The Manchester Contemporary is a must see event, this October.

Ten of the UK’s leading commercial contemporary art galleries - based in Bristol, Cardiff, Gateshead, Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff - are exhibiting new works by selected artists alongside both a purpose built Print Room and a series of information and project spaces. Visitors will be able to see and buy work by internationally exhibiting artists such as the twice Turner Prize nominated Richard Wilson, alongside new and emerging artists such as Manchester’s Samantha Donnelly and Iain Andrews and London-based Anna Barham amongst many more.

Over the four days visitors will not only have the opportunity to view and purchase works by some of the UK’s leading artists but also learn more about them, their work and the process of collecting contemporary art . It is a perfect opportunity to meet and connect with artists, gallerists and collectors in the heart of Manchester’s Spinningfields - the city’s much loved leisure and retail destination.

The Manchester Contemporary 2011 includes the following galleries and their selected artists: Arcade, London (Caroline Achaintre, Anna Barham); Bureau, Manchester (Dave Griffiths, Mark Harasimowicz, Jacob Cartwright); Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool (Samantha Donnelly); Cole, London; Man & Eve, London (Iain Andrews); Mermaid and Monster, Cardiff (Andrew Bracey & Helen Sear); Seventeen, London; The International 3,  Manchester; Workplace Gallery, Gateshead; WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol (Edwina Ashton, Melanie Counsell, Sarah Dobai, Andy Holden, David Richard Wilson, Richard Woods).

Iris - Production StillIris by Anna Barham
Courtesy of Arcade
Manchester commercial gallery, The International 3, has been selected to take on the role of curatorial co-ordinator, charged with bringing together galleries that give the broadest range of art enthusiasts, buyers and collectors access to the best in critically engaged contemporary art. All those involved in producing The Manchester Contemporary share in its ambition to continue to grow it as the critical mass opportunity to view and purchase high-calibre contemporary art in the region.

The Print Room is an exciting new addition to The Manchester Contemporary 2011, where visitors will be able to view and purchase a wide range of limited edition prints. Works for sale by artists from The Manchester Contemporary exhibitors will be complemented by prints from a selection of other invited organisations. In addition, a series of information and project spaces will include presentations from artist-led spaces, artists’ agencies and partners of The Manchester Contemporary and the four days will be complemented by a series of  specially commissioned talks. The 2011 Art Talk programme is being compiled in association with The Contemporary Art Society and will combine guided tours of the galleries and work being exhibited in the fair and talks covering topics including the role of galleries, emerging artists and limited edition prints. In addition there will be the chance to hear from some serious art collectors about their work and passions.

The Manchester Contemporary

28-30 October

Quay House, Spinningfields


Register online at www.themanchestercontemporary.com now for free tickets and to be kept updated on the full programme

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