Sponsorship of the North of England's most ambitious art fairs

Sponsorship of the North of England's most ambitious art fairs

Manchester Art Fair & The Manchester Contemporary

Manchester Art Fair is one of the UK's most ambitious art fairs welcoming over 68,000 visitors and selling over £4.5m worth of art since its launch in 2008. Our 120 exhibitors are a curated selection of established galleries, emerging galleries and artist-led spaces to appeal to our 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.

Why Sponsorship?

Sponsorship provides a great platform for the profile and positioning of your organisation and offers extensive opportunities for corporate hospitality and CSR aims. Partnerships with the fair provide the opportunity to connect with a growing affluent and cultured Northern audience with integrated branding, activations, programmes and VIP events

  • Raise brand awareness and associate your company with one of the best of the visual arts brands.
  • Leverage value from an extensive marketing and PR campaign that includes press advertising, outdoor advertising, social media, emails and digital advertising.
  • With art in the background and a talking point, it is an ideal event for corporate hospitality and networking.• Engage your staff and clients with exclusive tours of The Manchester Contemporary.

Manchester Art Fair’s audience includes collectors, gallery owners, museum patrons, curators, artists, business leaders, high-net-worth-individuals, art lovers and media.

The City

The City

With an international reputation for the visual arts and institutions such as Manchester Art Gallery, The Whitworth, HOME, Manchester International Festival and The Lowry, Manchester is the ‘original modern city’ with a huge catchment of art lovers centrally and within its suburbs. 

Manchester city region has a population of 7m within 1 hour and 21.5m within 2 hours. Our audience however reaches across the North from Liverpool to Leeds and the Lake District to the Peak District.

This is a place with a radical mantra, a saying that goes: ‘This is Manchester, we do things differently here.’

The Venue

The Venue

Manchester Central, located in the heart of the bustling city centre, is easily accessible to visitors with its own dedicated tram stop, free city centre  shuttle bus and parking for 700 cars. Converted from a Victorian train station, the original red brick walls, vaulted high ceilings, and striking glass frontage make for a stunning  backdrop to the fair, with natural light flooding the hall and views across the city. Combined with state-of-the-art exhibition facilities and little extras such as dedicated porters and trolleys we aim to make exhibiting a breeze, and once the doors close at the end of a busy day the city is on your doorstep to enjoy, so it’s not all work and no play!

Past Sponsors

5Plus Architects, Aviva Investors, Axa Art Insurance,  Cheadle Hulme School, EPR Architects,  G.F Smith, JW Lees, Jaguar, Kennedys, Landmark Investment Group, Manchester School of Art, Salboy, Private White V.C.  Spinningfields, TLT Solicitors, u+i, Urban Bubble and more.

More Information

Sponsorship and partnership packages are available. Please contact 
Thom Hetherington
CEO, Manchester Art Fair
01457 851151