WTF is an NFT? A Disruptive Exhibition at Manchester Art Fair 2021

Manchester's Finest & KnownOrigin are teaming up for an unprecedented exhibition with free NFTs and unique supper clubs linked to art.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 9 November 2021

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WTF is an NFT?

From 19th November, Manchester Central will be taken over by Manchester Art Fair, selling modern and contemporary artworks by national and international artists, until 21st November 2021.

Disrupting the traditional arts scene, KnownOrigin and Manchester’s Finest will be bringing the first NFT (Non-Fungible Token) presence at this year’s art fair. The collaborative exhibition booth ‘WTF is an NFT’ will serve as an opportunity for attendees to talk to the KnownOrigin team about NFTs and get advice on how to get started in this emerging digital space.

The exhibition will feature KnownOrigin’s cryptoart by artists such as David-Koblesky, Anna Natter and Lucho, alongside Manchester’s Finest own curated artists, Numan, a multidisciplinary artist based in Manchester whose work is heavily inspired by surrealism and modern art, and LeiMai LeMaow, an artist who has found new freedom through the metaverse and the NFT space and whose work stems from her background in graffiti and rave culture.

The part of the collection by Manchester’s Finest will focus on the utility of NFTs, which often gives collectors a set of unlockable experiences and benefits as a result of the purchase. Therefore, everyone who buys one of the artworks by the Manchester’s Finest collaborative artists will be able to redeem a supper club with the artist in question through an invite that will be airdropped to them at some point in the future.

Attendees will also be able to get an exclusive free POAP (Proof of Attendance Protocol), which is a digital gift to prove one’s attendance to an event, and a much sought-after asset in the NFT community, as some of the POAPs are deemed high value depending on the historical value of the event to which they’re linked to.

Digital Natives at No.1 Circle Square

This will mark the first side event for KnownOrigin in Manchester after their successful Digital Natives event which took place on October 1st at No.1 Circle Square. By celebrating the growth of the platform and the community of crypto artists, the event was sold out and gathered over 300 guests, featured the artworks of 21 artists from around the world, and included a live performance by multidisciplinary artist Jake-Andrew.

“The Manchester Art fair is a big deal in the traditional art Calendar and also for the North West. I am excited to see the reaction at the fair to a fully digital art gallery that specialises in NFTs. We are here to disrupt the art world and empower creators, good art should pose questions, great art should spark a conversation. This is why we are curating the ‘WTF is an NFT’ collection especially for this show.” Said David Moore Co founder of KnownOrigin

“The ‘utility’ or ‘added extra’ side of NFTs and the fact the artist benefits from commission on any resales is something we at Manchester’s Finest really want to champion. The additional ability to link unique perks, gifts & events direct to the holders of these NFTs allows us to also generate revenue for our independent food & drink partners. NFTs will span every aspect of people’s lives in years to come, this is just the start.” Said Steven Pankhurst, Creative Director of Manchester’s Finest

Manchester’s Finest and KnownOrigin plan to continue their partnership after the art fair and bring more visibility to local up-and-coming crypto artists, and education around NFTs and crypto to the North West of England.


Manchester’s Finest & KnownOrigin presents…
WTF is an NFT?

A disruptive exhibition at Manchester Art Fair 2021

Date: 19th – 21st November
Venue: Manchester Central

Tickets: FREE using our discount code ‘WTFNFT’


* Please note you’ll need to have a digital wallet setup with Ethereum loaded on it to get any art from our stall. For a guide on how to do this please watch the video below…