This year’s fair will be held, for the third time, at the Old Granada Studios. The venue was the home of Granada Television between 1956 and 2013, before its move to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays and Trafford Quays. Brideshead Revisited, King Lear with Sir Laurence Olivier and, most famously, soap opera, Coronation Street were filmed at the studios. The studios are now a ‘platform for creativity, innovation and urban exploration. Mixing commerce, events, arts and culture’.
Highlights at the Buy Art Fair Manchester 2016 will include John Thompson’s first mixed media Groups’ painting, ‘Group Series No.1’, which is signed and inscribed.
Nathan Pendlebury will also set out his stall, selling limited edition prints of the piece, ‘Fields of Green’ 2, which adorns the cover of Jake Bugg’s latest album, On My One.
Nathan will be joined by his father Anthony Pendlebury. Nathan said: “My Dad will also be selling lots of new work too, which I always enjoy viewing.”
Manchester-born and educated at the city's High School of Art - Denis Taylor will display specially created paintings with the title‘Memories of a Mancunian’. His paintings depict life through the eyes of a child and cover subjects such as 'larking' about on the Canal, 'Bonfire Night' to waiting for a bus in the smog laden environment. Dennis Taylor will turn 65 during the Buy Art Fair on the 23rd September, although that doesn’t mean he’ll be retiring.
Liverpool Biennial will venture out of Merseyside with a stand in the Public Institutions section.
Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said “ We will be selling new prints this year by Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey, American artist Betty Woodman and Liverpool-based Frances Disley, among others. Each sale directly supports Liverpool Biennial new commissions, exhibitions, talks and education programmes.”
Brushing alongside of Buy Art Fair will be The Manchester Contemporary, which gives collectors a first chance to buy work from emerging artists and help fund not-for-profit organisations who support the development of new artists.
Amongst these will be Field Editions, whose proceeds go towards supporting the three organisations and the work they do investing in the next generation of photography talent. Field Editions will present its inaugural portfolio of ‘20 exceptional - yet affordable - limited edition prints.’
Established artists, including Tracy Emin and Grayson Perry. will be represented in pop-up galleries from well known art institutions, including The Royal Academy of Arts.
In addition to the visual experience, Buy Art Fair Manchester will make space for talks and conversations with artists and about art.
Artist and research professor at Manchester School of Art Pavel Büchler will host Artists in Conversation. The Manchester Contemporary will present an afternoon of discussion and debate under the heading Fair Cities: ‘Exploring the Ecology of Art Market Centres.’ Speakers include Liv Vaisberg, Co-director of Independent, Brussels, Co-founder of Poppositions, Brussels and an independent curator, and Leila Alexander, Sales Executive at White Cube and Director of the Leila Alexander Art Consultancy. They will explore exploring what kind of Art Market and centre Manchester, and more broadly the North West, is and can become.
There will also be the chance to create art or at least something close to it. Hot Bed Press host free printmaking classes and free art courses with Brian Raymond, including ‘Draw for Wellbeing’.
Buy Art Fair Manchester was launched in 2008 and was previously at Manchester’s Urbis Centre before it morphed into the National Football Museum. Thom Hetherington CEO of Holden Media which founded and organises Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary, said: “Although our ambitions and sightlines are international we are firmly rooted here in the region and I feel we have a thousand different reasons for people from Leeds to Liverpool, and the Lakes to the Peaks, to descend on Manchester in September and indulge their love of art.”
From past experience of attending the fair, the quality and originality of the work inevitably varies but you would need to be an art-grouch to leave without seeing at least one work you’d like to take home, resources permitting.