The Manchester Print Fair is an independent arts event, celebrating the best of design, illustration and independent magazines in the North West and beyond. Founded in 2011 the fair offers a creative platform for designers to sell to the public face-to-face and network with fellow creatives.
The debut fair took place on Sunday 25th of September 2011 and Night & Day Café on Oldham Street, with a handful of design students and freelancers. Over a few years the event continued to grow, moving to bigger venues such as Twenty Twenty Two NQ, MadLab and the People's History Museum with pop-up events at Fred Aldous art store, the National Football Museum and B.E.A.T STREET.
With more space to play with, workshops became an integral part of the event; with live screen printing from Leed's based Hope House Print alongside print competitions. G.F Smith's sponsorship of the event took the form of paper workshops for all the family, working along side traditional art demonstrations such as letterpress from Cleeve Press and Red Button Press, and screen printing from Sarah Hardacre, Hot Bed Press and Print Social to name a few!
Since 2014 the fair has been a regular feature of Design Manchester's festival programme and now part of their main weekender event. In October 2016 the print fair celebrated it's 5th birthday at London Road Fire Station. With over 50 artists it was as part of Design Manchester's Design City Fair who partnered with Allied London and G.F Smith to create one of it's biggest design events to date.
2017 saw the print fair partnering with Manchester's iconic Central Library, curating the first event of this kind in the building's history.
With the future pushing more and more towards digital technology, methods and ways of connecting, our focus is to maintain the presence of print in a modern age.