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Buying art this autumn

  • Date: 19 October 2011
  • Area: North

There are three not-to-be-missed opportunities running side-by-side between 20 and 30 October in Manchester for anyone interested in free viewings and unique opportunities to learn about, buy and collect great art by great artists. The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, The Manchester Contemporary and the Buy Art Fair have all been supported by our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme, continuing to raise the North West profile as a centre for contemporary art in the UK and a destination region for makers and buyers. 

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair: 20-23 October 2011
Now in its fourth year, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, which takes place from 20 to 23 October at Spinningfields in the centre of Manchester, provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see and buy the latest works in contemporary craft and design.

The fair, running for four full days on the First Floor Gallery at Quay House on Quay Street, showcases works in jewellery, interior textiles, fashion accessories, glass, lighting, ceramics, wood and paper, lovingly and skilfully made by 140 inspiring designer-makers from across the UK. These are some of the leading practitioners in their fields in the whole country, and this gathering of such talents is unmatched anywhere else in the country.

Visitors, including retailers, galleries, interior designers, collectors and the general public, have the opportunity to buy the unique pieces and talk to the designers about their work and influences.

Winner of the Small Tourism Event of the Year category at the 2011 Manchester Tourism Awards, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair showcases the works of both new and established makers. The event will also play host to the Great Northern Graduates stand which will showcase the works of 10 graduates whose collections were specially selected from this year's craft and design degree shows. Expect to see work from the functional to the purely aesthetic.

For further information about the event and details of opening times and admittance visit the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair's website.

The Manchester Contemporary Art Fair: 27-30 October 2011
The third edition of The Manchester Contemporary takes place from 27 to 30 October 2011 at Quay House on Quay Street in Manchester's Spinningfields district, exhibiting work by critically engaged internationally presenting artists alongside those that are new and emerging. Over four days visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase works by established and emerging artists and learn more about them, their work and the process of collecting contemporary art at the North West's leading contemporary art fair.

A new addition to the fair in 2011 is The Print Room. Here visitors will be able to view and purchase a wide range of limited edition prints. Works for sale by artists from The Manchester Contemporary exhibitors will be complemented by prints from a selection of other invited organisations. In addition, a series of information and project spaces will include presentations from artist-led spaces, artists' agencies and partners of The Manchester Contemporary.

Ten of the UK's leading commercial contemporary art galleries based in Bristol, Gateshead, Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff are exhibiting new works by selected artists. Visitors will be able to see and buy work by international artists alongside work by new and emerging artists, such as Manchester's Samantha Donnelly and Iain Andrews and London-based, Anna Barham, amongst many more.

Manchester gallery, The International 3, has been selected to take the role of curatorial coordinator for The Manchester Contemporary art fair. The International 3 has been charged with bringing together galleries and projects that give art enthusiasts, buyers and collectors the opportunity to access world-class contemporary art.

Opening times for The Manchester Contemporary are 11am-7pm on Friday 28, 11am-6pm on Saturday 29 and 11am-5pm on Sunday 30 October. For full details of events, and to book free tickets for the art fair and for guided exhibition tours with The Contemporary Art Society visit The Manchester Contemporary's website.

The Contemporary Art Society exists to develop public collections of contemporary art across the UK for as wide an audience as possible. They are also the UK's leading authority on contemporary collecting. Whether you are completely new to contemporary art, already enjoy it, or want to collect it, membership of their scheme in the North West offers the inside track on some of the most exciting artists and exhibitions in the region and beyond. To find out more visit the Contemporary Art Society's website or contact Mark Doyle at Contemporary Art Society, North West.

Buy Art Fair: 27-30 October 2011
As a sister event to The Manchester Contemporary, Buy Art Fair will also take place at Quay House on Quay Street in the Spinningfields district in the centre of Manchester.

Buy Art Fair will host 60 galleries from across the UK which will exhibit works from over 300 artists. Now in its fourth year, the Buy Art Fair is firmly established on the art-buying scene and makes original art available to buy from hundreds of different artists represented by galleries from across the UK.

There will also be a programme of Art talks giving visitors the opportunity to take top tips from prominent figures in the art world on starting and developing an art collection. Talks include The Value of Art Prizes, Collecting on a Budget, The Critical Role of Commercial Galleries and Collecting Contemporary Art.

To find out more and for details of advanced registration for tickets visit Buy Art Fair's website.

Interest free loans to boost art buying
Buy Art Fair will also be supporting Arts Council England's Own Art scheme at this year's show and the experts at Own Art have shared their top tips on what to look out for at Buy Art Fair, what to invest in and how to start and develop an art collection. You can read more about this on Buy Art Fair's website.

Own Art is designed to make it easy and affordable for everyone to buy and collect contemporary art and craft: from paintings, sculpture and photography to ceramics, glassware and artist-made jewellery and furniture. An interest free loan scheme allows participants to borrow up to £2,000, or as little as £100, and pay back the loan in 10 monthly instalments. Representative 0% APR.

The scheme will be available through selected Own Art member galleries at Buy Art Fair and in over 250 galleries across England and Scotland. For further information about the scheme visit Own Art's website.

Arts Council England's Grants for the arts scheme awards National Lottery funds to support arts activities that engage people in the arts and helps artists and arts organisations with their work. Find out more about Grants for the arts.