FAIR CITIES: Exploring the Ecology of Art Market Centres


FAIR CITIES: Exploring the Ecology of Art Market Centres

Date: Saturday 24th September / 2pm – 5pm

Venue: The Manchester Contemporary,(Talks Theatre), Old Granada Studios St Johns, Quay Street, Manchester M3 4PR

Tickets: FREE IF BOOKED IN ADVANCE* Please see below for more details of how to reserve your place. £5 ON THE DOOR.

Join us for an afternoon of discussion and debate as we unravel how and why certain cities have become recognised as centres for the Art Market as well as exploring what kind of Art Market centre Manchester, and more broadly the North West, currently is / can become.

Speakers include: Liv Vaisberg, Co-Director of Independent, Brussels, Co-Founder of Poppositions, Brussels, and an independent curator; Leila Alexander, Sales Executive at White Cube and Director of the Leila Alexander Art Consultancy; and Alys Williams who is Founding Director, Owner and Curator of VITRINE, London / Basel and is based between these two cities. The event will be co-chaired by Lindsay Taylor, Arts Curator:  University of Salford and Co-Chair of Contemporary Visual Art Network North West, and Paulette Terry Brien, Co-Director of The International 3 and Co-Curatorial Coordinator of The Manchester Contemporary.

Proceedings will be recorded and a series of legacy documents will be produced from the event by Sophia Crilly, Commissioning Editor (Resources) for a-n The Artists Information Company.

*FREE TICKETS* include entry to the FAIR CITIES event on Sat 24th Sept and entry to The Manchester Contemporary and Buy Art Fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (23rd to 25th Sept).

TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET please use the following link: and use the code FAIRCITIES in the COUPON box.

For information about TICKETS please contact Clare Tams, or Tel: 01457 851151. For more information about the EVENT, please contact Paulette Terry Brien, The International 3, Tel: 07981 389 591

This event is organised by The International 3 on behalf of CVAN NW and is delivered in partnership with CVAN NW, The Manchester Contemporary and a-n The Artists Information Company. The event is supported by CVAN NW via Arts Council England, The Manchester Contemporary, University of Salford and a-n The Artists Information Company.






  • Arts Council England

  • Image Credit: Edwin Burdis, AutoLaque, 2016, Installation view, VITRINE, Basel.

    Courtesy VITRINE. Photographer Nici Jost.