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About Manchester Art Fair

"Culture in the North is our passion"


Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair sits at the heart of an ongoing strategy for developing arts in the North.

About the Fair

Launched in 2008 as Buy Art Fair, the event 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. Plans for 2018 include the third Masterpiece charity dinner at the Whitworth and the official fringe with affiliated events and initiatives spilling out across the whole city. 2018 will see the fair rebrand as Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair.


The Organisers

The team behind the fair have over 20 years experience in the large-scale exhibitions industry and organise events in the arts and culture and food & drink sectors. Current events include Aviva Investors 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 has been appointed as a trustee of Manchester Art Gallery. Thom has consulted for the Manchester International Festival, discussed arts engagement on BBC Breakfast with Clare Lilley from Yorkshire Sculpture Park and artist David Shrigley, contributed to artist Ghislaine Howard’s book ‘The Human Touch’, and was a judge for last year’s New Light Art Prize. He was named ‘Cultural Icon’ in the Manchester Evening News City Life awards 2016.

Thom Hetherington

Supported in 2018 by

Aviva Investors

5plus Architects

Cheadle Hulme School

G F Smith


i newspaper

Jack Arts

J W Lees

Landmark Investments Group

Manchester School of Art

Manchester City Council

Manchester Evening News

The Principal

Willoughby's Wine

Cass Art