The First Cut

The First CutAndreas Kocks, In the Beginning, detail, 2007

 Claire Brewster, The Harbingers 2, detail

The Judge 2010, Justine SmithRob Ryan, Map Of My Entire Life, detail


The First Cut: Editions

Why not start your own contemporary art collection? For the very first time Manchester Art Gallery presents visitors with the exciting opportunity to take a work of art away with them, to enjoy forever. As part of The First Cut, we have commissioned a series of limited edition artworks by selected artists from the show. You can find these on display at the gallery available to purchase from £125.

So what is a limited edition?

Limited editions artworks are an important extension of the artists’ creative practice. The artist determines the medium and each work is carefully produced under their direct supervision. Unlike a reproduction which is a copy of an original, The First Cut: Editions are all first generation works artworks; originals in their own right.

The artist initials and numbers each work in pencil. The numbers indicate the unique number of the work and the total edition size. For example, 10/100 is the tenth print from a total edition of 100. A limited edition means only a small number are ever produced, ranging in number from 10 – 500. No further copies of the work will be produced thus ensuring the exclusive nature of the artwork.
The First Cut: Editions makes it possible for you to own a work of art by an internationally acclaimed artist.

How can I start collecting?

You can take advantage of the Own Art Scheme by Arts Council England which makes buying contemporary art easy and affordable.
For further information and to make a purchase, please see the staff in the Gallery Shop. Alternatively you can browse and buy via our online shop:

Or read more about the Own Art Scheme here:

And remember funds raised from sales support the artists and Manchester Art Gallery.

Works in The First Cut: Editions exhibition are framed to conservation framing standards by ICP Framing.


A full colour 112 page publication accompanies the exhibition, priced £12.99. It features an introductory essay by the curators of the exhibition and texts about each artist. Each artist’s work is illustrated with colour images.

It is available from Manchester Art Gallery shop or The Gallery of Costume shop or online through the gallery shop or through Cornerhouse Publications

Published by Manchester Art Gallery

ISBN: 978-0-901673-82-4

Andy Singleton's Ice Structure 2012

Andy Singleton, Ice Structure 2012, detail
Andy Singleton's Ice Structure is a 3.5m high piece made from hand cut, scored and folded paper, on display in our atrium over Christmas and the new year.

The First Cut Editions

Rob Ryan, Map Of My Entire Life, detail
Buy highly desirable limited edition work from our exhibition The First Cut: Editions online.