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Fair History

The history of Buy Art Fair in photos, from 2008 to 2016, including the launch of The Manchester Contemporary, Frank Cohen In Conversation, artists including Damien Hirst, JJ Adams, Grayson Perry and Tracy Emin, celebrity visitors including the Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder and Coronation Street's Anthony Cotton and Mikey North, fantastic food, eclectic venues and much more.
2016

2016

One of the World's Top 200 Art Collectors Frank Cohen 'In Conversation' with Thom Hetherington.

Visitor numbers break 7,000 and sales reach £591,000.
The fair cafe previewed award-winning Bangers & Bacon's new Beastro concept and art-inspired cakes from MilkJam.
Work by Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Tracy Emin sell at the fair.
2015

2015

Cloud Gallery give away 50 limited edition JJ Adams prints each day of the fair from their stand in Buy Art Fair.
Crowds queue in the hope of being one of the lucky ones to get a free limited edition JJ Adams print.
Print workshops take place in Buy Art Fair for the first time in association with Hotbed Press.
One of the 'Top 200 Collectors in the World', Frank Cohen voices his support for the fair on BBC Radio 4 after attending.
2014

2014

Buy Art Fair moves to Old Granada Studios for the next three years. Sales reach half a million pounds.
The Manchester Contemporary moves into the Old Construction Workshop at Old Granada Studios.
JJ Adams reveals his latest piece which sells out within minutes of the fair opening.
Artist, musician, writer and record producer Bill Drummond exhibits work at The Manchester Contemporary.
2013

2013

Pure Evil paints live at the fair and sells the piece for charity.

Bauer Millett sponsor the fair and bring the latest Alfa Romeo and Jeep models.
The Manchester Contemporary moves into the former Shimla Pinks restaurant site on Leftbank.
Visitor numbers and sales grow again year on year.
2012

2012

Visitor numbers rise by a massive 43% year on year.
Coronation Street stars Anthony Cotton and Mikey North buy from the fair.
Buy Art Fair moves to a large marquee in Hardman Square, Spinningfields.
Actor and photographer Bill Ward exhibits and sells his work at the fair.
2011

2011

Buy Art Fair takes place in Spinningfields' Quay House.
Bluefin and Axa sponsor the fair for a second year.
Launch of The Manchester Contemporary VIP collector programme.
Jaguar sponsor the fair for a second year.
2010

2010

The fair moves to Spinningfields for the next 4 years.
Comedian Vic Reeves exhibits and sells his work at the fair.
Jaguar sponsor Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary.
The fair takes place in a marquee for the first time.
2009

2009

The Manchester Contemporary launches with the support of Arts Council England.
The Manchester Contemporary commissions a piece of work by Nathaniel Mellor, in partnership with Ceri Hand.
The second edition of Buy Art Fair takes place at Urbis.
The 'red dot' logo is used to create the fair's own tape and the design is used across this year's creative design.
2008

2008

Buy Art Fair launches! 9th - 12th October 2008 at Urbis, Manchester.

Damien Hirst donates three doodles to be auctioned for charity.

The fair raises over £13,000 for charity by auctioning celebrity doodles.
Happy Mondays front man Shaun Ryder visits the fair launch event.

Supported by

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Evening News

Own Art Plus

Leopold Eaton Fine Art Transport

Manchester City Council