Last weekend, I had the pleasure to be an exhibitor and seller at the Manchester Print Fair, as they celebrated their 5th birthday at London Road Fire Station. As part of Design Manchester's 'Design City' festival, MPF played host to over 100 artists and creatives, alongside The Manchester Artist Book Fair and Hotbed Press and I was there over the two days selling a selection of my most recent prints.
Manchester Print Fair is always one of the most exciting events in the art calendar, whether you are an exhibitor or a visitor but this time round it was truly a remarkable event to be a part of. Within the courtyard of the old Victorian Fire Station, there were DJs, food stalls and a specially brewed 'festival beer' on tap, whilst over the weekend there could be found workshops and live art installations. Over the two days 7,500 visitors walked through the gates to show their support for the diverse range of artists selling their work; which included posters, limited edition prints, cards, badges and an array of booklets and zines. The doors were open at 10am each day and what began as a steady stream of visitors, very quickly grew to a capacity crowd; filling the venue until lights out at around 5pm in the afternoon.
As a seller, one of the biggest joys of taking part in an art fair is receiving direct feedback from visitors, which has been invaluable in providing me with ideas for new work and thoughts on how I might develop existing prints. With some prints selling out over the weekend, I'll be turning my thoughts to possible new editions, so keep an eye out on the website and my Facebook page for updates. A big thank you to anyone who purchased a print and for all the great feedback over the course of the two days.
Thanks also, to Jake Beddow at Fred Aldous and the guys at Marc the Printers for the great job on preparing my prints for the fair. Oh, and also to the Hip Hop Chip Shop for the wonderful chippy breakfasts.
Congratulations to Alessandra Mostyn, all the MPF team and their collaborators for a job well done. I hope to see you all again in Spring 2017.