Manchester Art Fair reveals galleries and artists for 2019

SAM | 11th July 2019

One of the UK’s most ambitious art fairs, Manchester Art Fair, returns to Manchester Central on 11-13 October and has announced the first release of galleries and artists taking part in this year’s edition.


Manchester Art Fair is one of the largest and most prestigious art fairs in the UK and welcomes visitors looking to buy modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and editioned prints.


Fair Director Sophie Helm said, “Manchester Art Fair evolves every year, responding to our growing audience of buyers and collectors. We always knew that the art market in the North of England had huge potential and the increasing art sales every year show this to be true”


Returning to the fair for 2019 are Manchester favourites Saul Hay Gallery, Contemporary Six and Artzu Gallery joined from further afield by Cornwall’s The Drang Gallery, Norfolk’s A Heart of Glass and Subversion Gallery from Glasgow.


In the artist-led section of the fair, returning artists whose work has proven very popular with visitors in previous years include Laura Jordan’s detailed cityscapes, Lee Herring’s colourful abstract landscapes, and the raw expressive paintings of Ian Rayer Smith.


The list also includes many exhibitors who are new to the fair such as Cheshire’s Gateway Gallery who specialise in Modern British and contemporary artists, Cumbria’s Northern Lights Gallery bringing work inspired by the Lakeland fells and Robert John Watson who will be exhibiting his contemporary photography.


The full first release list of galleries and artists along with a preview of some of the work which will be available to buy can be seen on the Manchester Art Fair website.


Taking place alongside Manchester Art Fair, The Manchester Contemporary focuses on critically engaged art, using bold curatorial vision to select the most exciting international and UK galleries to participate. Emerging artistic talent from the regions sits alongside international presentations creating a unique element to the fair. This event continues to be curated by Nat Pitt from Division of Labour.


The fair opens with a VIP preview evening at Manchester Central on Friday 11 October from 5-9pm, followed by public days on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (10am – 5pm). Tickets are available now at