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Free tickets to Buy Art Fair

How to get free tickets to the Buy Art Fair, Spinningfields, 28-31 October

Published on September 14th 2010.

Free tickets to Buy Art Fair

The Buy Art Fair returns in October to a new home at Spinningfields, and we've got free tickets for everyone who registers beforehand. (Tickets on the door cost £5/4.)

With more people seeking original work for their homes rather than mass-produced prints, art-buying is no longer the pursuit of an elite few. Owning an original, unique piece of art by a living artist can be a satisfying, exciting experience.

Now in its third year, this sprawling exhibition has become one of the largest events on the city's arts calendar – for sheer size and for the number of people who pass through the doors.

It brings together the best bits of 60 galleries and the work of over 300 artists into one, creatively-charged exhibition space. It's a honey pot for collectors and art enthusiasts but also for shoppers who want something more inspiring than an over-familiar Klimt or Monet to hang in their living room.

The idea is to make buying original art accessible to everyone. Some people are put off browsing independent galleries – the silence as you enter, the awkwardness of leaving without buying anything. At the Buy Art Fair, there's a bustling, relaxed atmosphere more like a market than a Knightsbridge art dealers. And a programme of free talks and tours will give you a good grounding if you like the idea of buying art but aren't sure where to start.

The talks will cover topics including Chinese art, the benefits of buying art for your business, and the design of the Jaguar car. Two of the UK's leading collectors, Richard Greer and Robert Devereux, will discuss their inspirations and experiences in the art buying world. If you're a budding collector, this is an opportunity to pick up tips from the experts.

Running alongside The Buy Art Fair is another exhibition called The Manchester Contemporary. This brings together work by internationally acclaimed artists and emerging names, and is curated this year by Manchester gallery The International 3.

Megan and the three leaves of recall by Tom Lewis

Paulette Terry Brien, one of the directors of The International 3, said: “Our goal is to give audiences access to high calibre contemporary art and further develop the market for critically engaged contemporary art in the North West. We believe the galleries and artists who will be at this year’s fair will deliver exactly this opportunity, giving visitors an engaging art-viewing and art-purchasing experience.”

Galleries exhibiting at the Manchester Contemporary include Arcade from London, David Risley Gallery from Copenhagen, and Faye Fleming & Partner from Geneva.

With more people seeking original work rather than mass-produced prints, art-buying is no longer the pursuit of an elite few. Owning an original, unique piece of art by a living artist can be a satisfying, exciting experience.

The Arts Council says that the best reason for buying art is because you like it, but not everyone has a clear idea of exactly what they like. If this is you, the Buy Art Fair and the Manchester Contemporary are an ideal introduction. Rather than spending a year or so visiting lots of different galleries to get a taste for what appeals to you in particular, you can see a wide spectrum of work all in one day.

And if you register beforehand, you can go for free. (Tickets on the door cost £5/4)

The Buy Art Fair and the Manchester Contemporary take place at Spinningfields, city centre, 28-31 October.

Click here to register for free tickets.

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