About us

Culture in the North is our passion

Buy Art Fair sits at the heart of an ongoing strategy for developing arts in the North.

Fair CEO and founder, Thom Hetherington, has become one
of the leading cultural figures in the region, and has recently been appointed as a trustee of Manchester Art Gallery, in addition to his board role at Castlefield Gallery. 

Thom has also consulted for the Manchester International Festival, discussed arts engagement on BBC Breakfast with Clare Lilley from Yorkshire Sculpture Park and artist David Shrigley, contributed to artist Ghislaine Howard’s book ‘The Human Touch’, and is a judge for this year’s New Light Art Prize. He was named ‘Cultural Icon’ in the Manchester Evening News City Life awards 2016.

Thom Hetherington

Fair CEO and founder, Thom Hetherington
Image courtesy of Eddie Garvey MEN

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 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.

2016

Exclusive interview with Frank Cohen, World's Top 200 Art Collector

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