This month sees the second incarnation of Manchester Contemporary, Manchester’s own (and only) contemporary art fair – an event attached to the more mainstream Buy Art Fair but which focuses on new work by some of the Spinningfields, Manchester – 27the – 30th October 2011 UK’s most exciting artists.
But, although it takes its inspiration from the commercial art fairs that stud the art world calendar (London’s Frieze being perhaps the most well-known), Manchester Contemporary is about more than simply the buying and selling of art. It is part of a wider effort to promote collecting in the North West. ‘There has been increasing interest in developing a local market for this kind of art over the past few years,’ say International 3 curators Paulette Terry Brien and Laurence Lane, who oversee this year’s event.
‘The Contemporary Art Society has developed a regional membership of emerging collectors, for example, Arts & Business run an “Invest in Art” programme and the Arts Council is also trying to encourage buying.’