About us

This Year

The North’s leading art fair returns to Old Granada Studios, Manchester on 22-25 September 2016.

With 3,000 pieces of art from 100 exhibitors to choose from and affordable prices from £50 to £5,000+ there’s something for everyone from the first time buyer to the serious collector.

In between browsing the stands for original art to buy why not stay and enjoy a drawing workshop, artists talks, special exhibitions, guided tours or children's activities. There is also delicious food and drink to enjoy in the fair's very own cafe.

History

Launched back in 2008, Buy Art Fair is the place to buy original art in the North for over 7,000 people every year. With the support of Manchester City Council, Arts Council England, Own Art, The Contemporary Art Society and a wide range of cultural and media  partners Buy Art Fair and it’s sister event The Manchester Contemporary have grown to be the largest contemporary art fair outside London.

Highlights

2008
Doodle auction by artists and celebrities including Damien Hirst, Ricky Hatton & Liam Spencer.
2009
Launch of The Manchester Contemporary with a unique installation.
2010
Buy Art Fair moves to Spinningfields. Vic Reeves and Tracy Emin sell work at the fair.
2011
Launch of the VIP Collector Programme for The Manchester Contemporary.

2012
Visitor numbers increase by a 43% year on year.

2013
Pure Evil paints live and auctions the piece for charity.

2014
Buy Art Fair moves to Manchester's Old Granada Studios and art sales reach half a million pounds.

2015
Art +Place conference and Pavel Buchler's in conversation artist talks both launch to sell out audiences.

 

 

 

The Organisers

The team behind the event has over 20 years experience in the large scale events industry and organises events in the arts and culture and food & drink industries. Current events include Buy Art Fair, The Manchester Contemporary, Northern Restaurant & Bar, NRB Debate and NRB Top Fifty Awards.

Thom, 42, is CEO of Holden Media which founded and organises Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary. Thom is a board member of Castlefield Gallery, and well as advising organisations such as the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum on visitor hospitality. He also advises property developers on cultural capital and place-making, and has mentored cultural entrepreneurs. Thom also previously sat on boards including Urbis, the major gallery of city culture. Thom is regularly quoted in the region’s leading cultural and consumer media, including The Manchester Evening News, Creative Tourist and The Culture Show, and has spoken about art buying and collecting on Radio 4.

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