Mark Hawthorn supports emerging artists with new Fund

23 November 2017 Local business owners, including CEO, Mark Hawthorn, came together in the newly formed The Manchester Contemporary Art Fund to gift to the city of Manchester three works by emerging artists.

The Manchester Contemporary, announced recently that artists William Mackrell and Emma Price are the first to benefit.

The Fund founders and curators of Manchester Art Gallery chose the two from over 150 artists. To be displayed in the gallery are William’s piece – Aquarius, and Emma’s pieces – Mike I and Mike II.

Speaking at the event Mark said, “It’s exciting to be part of this moment in Manchester’s cultural history and I’m happy we’ve invested in pieces for the future which generations will go on to enjoy.”

Curator of Manchester Art Gallery, Kate Jesson, added: “We are this city’s gallery and our world-famous collection of art belongs to the people of Manchester. The Manchester Contemporary Art Fund has enabled us to continue to add to our collection a contemporary and exciting new piece. The Fund is an excellent innovation, gifting brilliant new pieces to art lovers both here in Manchester and further afield.”

More about the Fund

The Manchester Contemporary is the only UK invitational art fair for critically engaged contemporary art outside London. The Art Fund was created by uniting a set of local business people. These are people who want to encourage Manchester’s business community to emulate the patronage of public institutions which were so prevalent in the city’s industrial heyday.

The founding members of The Manchester Contemporary Art Fund are:

James Eden
Mark Garner
Mark Hawthorn
Thom Hetherington & Sophie Helm
Jeremy & Jane Roberts
Andy Spinoza