The Manchester Contemporary
by Annabel Clarke
We are delighted to be one of The Manchester Contemporary’s cultural partners this year. The UK’s only invitation art fair for critically engaged contemporary art outside of London, they have just announced this year’s roster of exhibitors.
Showcasing the strength of the UK’s regional artists and galleries alongside key international presentations that can only be seen in Manchester, 34 galleries will feature this year. From the West Midlands, its fantastic to see Meter Room, Coventry ; AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent and Recent Activity, Birmingham selected. All have been invited by The Manchester Contemporary Curator and founder of the gallery Division of Labour, Nathaniel Pitt.
The Manchester Contemporary marks its tenth anniversary this year. It has established itself as one of the country’s most respected contemporary art events, and has attracted art collectors and curators from across the globe.
“For this edition, in our tenth year, I have decided to look at the shape and future of the fair as a serious event in the busy contemporary art fair circuit. I see Manchester as an opportunity for a diverse approach to fair making. A more accessible artist centred fair both for the audience, collector and gallery alike.
“The Manchester Contemporary prides itself on being a part of a wider cultural landscape outside London and as a supporter of artistic practice and regional development. I have concentrated on bringing back some galleries from previous editions, galleries like Arcade who have a rich history of progressive exhibition making and attendance at the larger fairs, and added to this a roster of the best in artist-led projects from Caracus to Wakefield and a strong international presence from artist-focussed galleries in Berlin (Grim Museum), Paris (Galerie Jerome-Nivet,) Rotterdam (Joey Ramone), and Basel (Balzar Projects).
“And finally we have two key projects from Venture Arts, supported by Castlefield Gallery (both Manchester) and Bethlem Gallery of Bethlem Asylum in South London. These projects will be showcasing artists who work closely with their respective organisations looking outside the confines of the art world”.
The Manchester Contemporary runs from 12-14 October 2018 at Manchester Central. Tickets are available now at themanchestercontemporary.co.uk
by Annabel Clarke