Manchester Central Convention Centre (MCCC), formerly known as the G-Mex, is home to the vibrant and wonderful Manchester Arts Fair.


The annual fair is returning to the MCCC for its 11th year with a huge 125 worthy exhibitors making waves internationally in the artistic ocean.  Art revellers will look forward to a selection of some 600 artists on sale, each piece hand-picked with passion by their exhibitors.


After proudly marking its ten-year anniversary in 2017, the popular art fair that is the largest arts market in the North, has permanently changed its name from Buy Art Fair to Manchester’s art fair to pay homage to the cultural and artistic influence that is loved by some 8,000 visitors per year.


Christmas shoppers and quirky investors will make their way around the busy arts-hive buzzing with an ecstatic atmosphere inside the MCCC. The event lasts the entire three days of the weekend commencing on Friday October 12th until the Sunday 15th October and tickets are on sale for as little as £5.

The MCCC is only a short walk from Barca Bar in Castlefield and we’re tempted to attend in search of some fresh new art for our walls inside the bar.

The Manchester Contemporary is the internationally talked about arm of the Arts Fair that makes an artist’s ears really spike up. Each year the most influential names in art outside of London in contemporary art are invited to attend, shop and talk all hot topics in the contemporary art world.

This year The Manchester Contemporary is back with a brand new curator, Nathaniel Pitt. Nathaniel gears the exhibitions towards art for everyone in what could be a campaign for the appreciation of contemporary art in the mainstream domain.

If you’re poised to get involved with the Manchester Arts Fair 2018 at the MCCC, the centre is just a short walk from Barca Bar in Castlefield where you can walk-in from 11am for worldly tapas, delicious cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere.

Barca Bar, 8 & 9 Catalan Square, Manchester, M3 4RU.