The Manchester Contemporary 2017

The Manchester Contemporary returns this October with prestigious participants and a stimulating programme for collectors, curators and enthusiasts at Manchester Central.

By Lee Isherwood | 19 September 2017

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The Manchester Contemporary is the only UK invitational art fair for critically engaged contemporary art outside London and brings art professionals and collectors together with emerging galleries and artists.

2017 marks the tenth edition of the fair which started as a collaborative project of graduate work and curated exhibitors back in 2008. Now ten years on it is moving to Manchester Central, one of the city’s most historic buildings, providing it with increased space and room to grow and allowing it to continue to drive the North’s art market forward for years to come. The fair continues to be supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Thom Hetherington, CEO of The Manchester Contemporary, says “We are proud to take place in one of Europe’s most vibrant and creative cities, and delighted to have secured a new long-term home at the historic Manchester Central exhibition centre. It places us firmly at the heart of the region’s unprecedented cultural renaissance.”

This year sees the curation of the largest number of exhibitors bringing together commercial galleries, artist led spaces and educational institutions of regional, national and international repute.

Speaking of the exhibitor list announcement, curatorial coordinators of the fair Paulette Terry Brien & Laurence Lane of The International 3 said:

“We are delighted once again to bring to Manchester a selection of first-time exhibitors alongside regular participants, with an exciting range of work that will appeal both to the seasoned collector and the intrepid first timer.’’

“Year on year the fair has sought to respond to the needs of artists and exhibitors and the wider art market and it is all underpinned by our core ambition to give audiences a high-quality art viewing and art buying experience” added Paulette.

The Manchester Contemporary takes place this year from 27-29 October. Over the weekend there will be a full programme of events including the popular Pavel Büchler with his ‘in conversation with artists’ series and the chance to join a curator led guided tour of the fair.

The Manchester Contemporary opens to the public on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October, 10:00-18:00 and 10:00-17:00 respectively. Tickets are available now from

Full List below:

2 Queens (Leicester)
Alumni (University of Salford)
Castlefield Gallery | Agency (Manchester)
Castor Projects (London)
Copperfield (London)
Division of Labour (London / Worcester)
Gallery North (University of Northumbria)
Goldtapped (Newcastle upon Tyne)
IMT Gallery (London)
Islington Mill (Salford)
Joanna Bryant & Julian Page (London)
Labrador (Sheffield)
LLE (Cardiff)
Love Unlimited (Glasgow)
Manchester School of Art (Manchester)
PAPER (Manchester)
Paradise Works (Salford)
Platform A (Middlesbrough)
Saul Hay Gallery (Manchester)
Syson (Nottingham)
The Birley Studios (Preston)
The International 3 (Salford)
The RYDER (London)
Vane (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Venture Arts Presents (Manchester)
VITRINE (London / Basel)
Workplace Foundation (Gateshead)