About Manchester Art Fair

Culture in the North is our passion

Manchester Art Fair 2021 is one of the UK’s most ambitious art fairs, selling modern & contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and editioned prints from a selection of UK and international galleries.

Launched in 2008 as Buy Art Fair, Manchester Art Fair has had an exciting first ten years including a charity auction of Damian Hirst doodles, the development of The Manchester Contemporary and its collector programme, and live painting by artists such as Pure Evil. 

Previous highlights include an exclusive interview with world famous collector Frank Cohen, as well as record art sales including works by Tracy Emin and Grayson Perry.

In 2017, CEO Thom Hetherington launched The Manchester Contemporary Art Fund with a group of local businesspeople and since then it has gifted nine pieces of work, acquired from galleries at the Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, worth a combined £16,000 to Manchester Art Gallery. 

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The Organisers

The Organisers

The team behind the fair have over 20 yrs experience in the exhibitions industry organising events in the arts and culture and food & drink sectors. Events include Manchester Art Fair, The Manchester Contemporary, Northern Restaurant & Bar, NRB Debate and NRB Top Fifty Awards.

CEO and founder, Thom Hetherington (pictured), has become one of the leading cultural figures in the region and was named ‘Cultural Icon’ in the Manchester Evening News City Life awards 2016. A trustee of Manchester Art Gallery, Thom also consults for arts organisations such as the Manchester International Festival, comments on arts and hospitality in the regional and national media and has acted as a judge for awards such as the New Light Art Prize.