The Manchester Contemporary

Cornerhouse Media & Communications Officer Elisa Ruff tells us what we can look forward to at The Manchester Contemporary 2011.

Opening on Thu 27 October, Manchester will see the return of Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary in Spinningfields.

Launched in 2009 and curated by The International 3, TMC provides an opportunity for all to enjoy high-calibre contemporary art by international, established and emerging talent.  And importantly, the Contemporary, alongside other art happenings such as Manchester International Festival and the Asia Triennial Manchester, continuously aims to raise the profile of our city as a centre for contemporary art – there is so much to see and experience here in the North of England.

Galleries on show will include Mancunian Bureau, featuring works by Sophia Crilly, Daniel Fogarty and Dave Griffiths among others. I’m particularly excited about Sophia, whose work I first came across at Jerwood Space in London where she has been selected for the current Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011 exhibition which runs until 30 October. Ceri Hand of Liverpool will present work by Samantha Donnelly, whose three-dimensional  collages and sculptures are an aesthetic treat. She certainly is one to watch – we’ll be presenting a solo exhibition of her work her at Cornerhouse in January 2012. Zoe Paul’s beautiful sculpture, often employing the tactile nature of form and material to explore perceptions of temporality, will be available at the stand of Cole Contemporary from London.

If you are looking for further exciting opportunities to invest in affordable art you should check out Cornerhouse Projects, a fabulous opportunity for artists from the region to showcase their work and test new ideas. Located in our ground floor bar and café, exhibitions have included both single and group shows in a range of 2D media, usually lasting between one and two months. If you’re interested in submitting work for Cornerhouse Projects, take a look here.

We’re currently displaying a series of beautiful, intricate drawings by Daksha Patel, whose works take a closer look at how people construct cities and are in turn affected by the cities they inhabit. Visitors have already snapped up two of Daksha’s art works. If you’re around, why not pop in and have a look before the show closes on Tue 18 Oct? If you cant make it, fear not, there will be more exciting talent on show: from Tue 1 Nov, Leeds-based artist Paul Digby will exhibit a series of clever paintings inspired by comic images and computer games. In fact, if you are free on Friday 4 Nov around 6pm, you should join us in the bar for an informal launch of the show where you have the opportunity to meet Paul.

See you there!

For further information on Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary, visit