THE MANCHESTER PRINT FAIR Est. 2011
The Manchester Print Fair is an independent arts event, celebrating the best of design, illustration and photography in the North West and beyond.
Created in 2011 by designer Alessandra Mostyn, the fair offers a creative platform for designers to meet the public, promote their work and network.
The debut fair took place on Sun 25th of September 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 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!
In October 2016 the print fair celebrated it's fifth 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 its biggest design events to date.
Looking forward to 2017, the print fair has partnered with Manchester's iconic Central Library; the first event of this kind in the buildings history.