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Exhibiting

Why Exhibit at Buy Art Fair?

Buy Art Fair, which has sold over £3m of contemporary art to thousands of collectors across the North of England, celebrates its tenth edition with a move to Manchester Central.

With increased space and room to grow, the new location in the heart of one of Europe’s most exciting cultural destinations will allow Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary to drive the North’s art market forward for years to come.

Advocate Feedback

'It's been great to see Buy Art Fair develop over the last few years, and Manchester Central is the perfect venue to move up to the big league. It is what the city needs.'
Frank Cohen, ‘World’s Top 200 Art Collector’
'Buy Art Fair and the Manchester Contemporary have become significant fixtures in Manchester’s cultural calendar and the move will allow them to make an even greater impact on the Manchester cultural scene.'
Maria Balshaw, Former Director, The Whitworth
'The last weekend in October is a busy one for Manchester’s attractions, shops and restaurants, and Buy Art Fair will undoubtedly add to the buzz on the streets.'
Vaughan Allen, CEO, CityCo

Marketing Highlights

  • Improved website with enhanced gallery profiles and art library, allowing visitors to preview more art before visiting the fair.
  • Advertising in Cheshire Life, Lancashire Life, Manchester Confidential, Manchester Evening News, Manchester Wire, Inside Artists, Guardian Guide North & Frieze Magazine
  • Leaflet inserts in The Daily Telegraph & The Sunday Times
  • Extensive social media campaign including organic and paid for advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Online native advertising campaign generating over 850,000 impressions.
  • 200,000 emails sent in the buildup to the fair.
  • 100,000 leaflets distributed through bars and restaurants across Manchester & Cheshire.
  • Distribution of 50,000 leaflets via hand to hand and letterbox drops to specific postcodes across Greater Manchester, Lancashire & Cheshire.
  • National PR campaign reaching over 3.5million people.

Stand Package

Stand costs are charged at £250 +vat per square meter and include:

  • Wooden white walled stand including back wall, two side walls, 3 meter high panels, lighting track and three spotlights
  • Gallery name signage
  • Complimentary on-site art wrap service
  • Secure on-site storage including 24 hr security
  • Exhibitor passes
  • Exhibitor listing on market-leading Buy Art Fair website, including gallery profile page and see the art sections
  • Personalised web banners using your art, dedicated programmatic social media support and exhibitor-led PR
  • Exhibitor listing in printed Buy Art Fair catalogue
  • Complimentary opening night tickets and general admission tickets (printed and e-ticket)
  • Massive marketing and PR campaign across the North of England

Exhibitor Feedback

'A fantastic opportunity for us to meet collectors, both experienced and new, from outside London.'
Katherine Oliver, Royal Academy of Arts, London
'I’m absolutely loving it, everyone has been so friendly and welcoming and it’s a chance for us to take artists that are particularly in the south and bring them to the North.'
Rebecca Mayers, The Drang Gallery, Padstow
'We’ve had two previous very good years and this one has proven to be very successful as well, so we are very pleased. There’s a vibrant art scene here and we think that the way the fair is organised is first rate and we are absolutely delighted with the way it is promoted.'
Guy Bargery, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

Audience Facts & Figures

  • 7050 visitors
  • £591,000 sales
  • 99% of visitors will return
  • 93% of visitors will recommend to family and friends
  • 82% spent 1-3 hours at the fair
  • Database of 25,000 email subscribers
  • Manchester city region has a population of 3 million, with 7 million people within 1 hour and 21.5 million within 2 hours.

Apply to Exhibit

We are now accepting applications for a limited release of additional gallery stands at Buy Art Fair 2017. For further details please email Sophie Helm, Event Director, or download the exhibitor brochure.

Stands are priced at £250 +vat per square meter and range from 6 square meters up to 25 square meters.

Exhibitor Brochure

Gallery Application

Visitor Feedback

'A great eclectic mix of art. Was very impressed by the standard and would definitely visit again'
'This was the first time I’d been to an Art Fair and I must say I loved it. It was great to talk to the artists and see the work up close. It was also very approachable for someone with no experience of the art world'
'I thought this year was better than ever - a perfectly balanced and well-curated combination of galleries and independent artists, with public organisations included too. A really great eclectic mix of the art scene in the UK.'
Previous exhibitors include: Arusha Gallery, ArtDog London, Art World, BALTIC Editions, Bearspace, Capital Culture Gallery, The Drang Gallery, Fashion Illustration Gallery, Gala Fine Art, Goldmark Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield, James Kinmont Fine Art, Jealous Gallery, Linda Blackstone Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, SiOTT Gallery and The Whitworth.

Supported by

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Evening News

Own Art Plus

Leopold Eaton Fine Art Transport

Manchester City Council