Simon Buckley joins Manchester Art Fair’s line-up of innovative creators

The art fair, which starts this Friday, will welcome the renowned photographer known for capturing the enigmatic landscape of Manchester at dusk.

By Emma Davidson | November 1st '22

The 15th edition of Manchester Art Fair kicks off this Friday, featuring a line-up of local artists showcasing their work, alongside talks, limited edition prints and a whole three-days of exhibitions.

One of the guests in attendance this year is Simon Buckley, a Manchester-based photographer who is probably most well-known for his enigmatic pictures of North West life at night. 

As part of the Art Fair, Simon is shooting an exclusive atmospheric picture at dusk that will then be available to buy on a limited basis at the exhibition. 

His work captures small figures huddled underneath the darkened skies, fixating on a moment all too familiar to Mancunians. 

The artist’s famous ‘rainstorm’ picture taken at Deansgate Station became a viral sensation, capturing the somewhat overlooked beauty of the ever changing weather on the city’s urban landscape. 

The photographer also started ‘Not Quite Light’ back in 2015 as a passion project inspired by Angel Meadows. This area of the city was the focus of the work of Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, and, for Simon, he wondered what the souls buried beneath the ground would feel about the city today.

Since then, his work has continued to span urban areas, as well as places such as Macclesfield Forest and Dartmoor, exploring the places we exist in the twilight of dawn and dusk, those times of day between light and dark, from old to new and vice versa.

Alongside Simon Buckley, renowned artists such as Stanley Chow and Ghislaine Howard will take part in this year’s event. Each will be talking about how they became artists, developed their style and practice and have then gone on to achieve international success.

Running alongside Manchester Art Fair 2022 is The Manchester Contemporary, a collegiate fair for young galleries, artist-led spaces, charitable organisations and partner institutions that provides a critically engaged environment for artistic exploration and development.

Speaking on the event, Manchester Art Fair Director, Sophie Helm, said: “Since we launched in 2008 we have welcomed over 85,000 art lovers who have spent over £5m on art through Manchester Art Fair. 

“2022 will be our most ambitious edition to date with 120 exhibiting artists and galleries, and an expanded visitor programme of free workshops and intimate artist talks as well as exclusive limited edition print releases from world renowned artists.”

Manchester Art Fair kicks off this Friday (4th November) until Sunday 6th November. You can grab free tickets via the link below. 

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