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Why Exhibit at Buy Art Fair?

Buy Art Fair has been established for over 10 years and is the largest art fair of its kind operating outside London. 

Manchester has a flourishing cultural scene and is one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Buy Art Fair is perfectly located in a city centre venue and attracts an affluent, art buying audience of private and corporate collectors from across the Greater Manchester and Cheshire region. 

Buy Art Fair 2017 welcomed 7,473 visitors over the weekend and has sold over £3.5m worth of art since its launch in 2008.

Register Your Interest in Exhibiting

A limited number of stands are available for the 2018 fair. If you would like to apply to join us as an exhibitor in 2018, then please fill in the short form below and our Event Director Sophie Helm will be in touch.

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

  • Website with enhanced gallery profiles and art library, allowing visitors to preview more art before visiting the fair.
  • Advertising in a wide variety of titles including Cheshire Life, Lancashire Life, Manchester Confidential, Manchester Evening News, Manchester Wire, Inside Artists, & Guardian Guide North.
  • 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.
  • Print & distribution of 100,000 leaflets via hand to hand and letterbox drops to specific postcodes across Greater Manchester, Lancashire & Cheshire.
  • City centre signage in partnership with Manchester City Council.
  • National & regional PR campaign reaching over 3.5 million people via newspapers, radio & online.

Stand Package

  • Wooden white walled stand including back wall, two side walls, 3 meter high panels, lighting track and three spotlights
  • Gallery name signage
  • Complimentary onsite art wrap service
  • Secure onsite storage including 24 hr security
  • Exhibitor passes
  • Exhibitor listing on website, including gallery profile page and see the art sections
  • Personalised web banners using your art, dedicated 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

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: Agora Contemporary, Arusha Gallery, ArtDog London, Art World, BALTIC Editions, Bearspace, The Drang Gallery, Eames Fine Art,  Gala Fine Art, Goldmark Gallery, James Kinmont Fine Art, Linda Blackstone Gallery, London Print Studio, Royal Academy of Arts and Zillah Bell Gallery.

Supported in 2017 by

U+I

Jack Arts

Manchester Evening News

Principal Manchester

Manchester City Council

Manchester School of Art

Cheadle Hulme School

Landmark Investments Group

5plus architects

Artisan

Farrow & Ball

J W Lees

Cass Art

Own Art