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12 Oct 2020

Manchester Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Manchester Art Fair 2019

Organisers of Manchester Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary have been awarded £50,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Buy Art Fair Ltd is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Organisers of Manchester Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary have been awarded £50,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Buy Art Fair Ltd is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

“Manchester Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary have been running in Manchester for over 10 years, providing artists and galleries with a chance to sell work to a unique and growing audience of collectors and buyers in the North of England. The most recent edition of the fairs should have taken place this weekend but was inevitably postponed until next Autumn. Over the next 12 months the team will be working on different ways of enabling artists to continue selling their work to art lovers across the region and beyond.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. 

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

Buy Art Fair Ltd CEO and Manchester Art Gallery board member Thom Hetherington, said, “We’re proud of the fundamental impacts Manchester Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary have had on the Northern art ecology, and we are absolutely delighted that the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund values the impact we have for artists, gallerists and institutions. This critical support allows us to retain the unique expertise, resources and engagement we have built up over the last twelve years, and we will ensure that we use our voice and reach as a force for good until the fairs themselves return in 2021.”

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Clare Tams
T: 01457 851151
E: clare.tams@holdenmedia.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

Manchester Art Fair & The Manchester Contemporary

Manchester Art Fair is one of the UK’s most ambitious art fairs and since its launch in 2008 has welcomed over 77,000 visitors and sold nearly £5m worth of art. Our 120 curated exhibitors appeal annually to an audience of over 8,000 art collectors and corporate art buyers based in Manchester, Cheshire, and the North. Over the past decade, it has developed into two distinctive fairs, the first, Manchester Art Fair, providing a platform for commercial galleries and individual artists and the second, The Manchester Contemporary, a platform for emerging and early career galleries and artist-led spaces producing critically engaged work. The Manchester Contemporary is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The fairs are organised by Buy Art Fair Ltd

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