Manchester Academy of Fine Arts was founded on 14th November 1859. Originally affiliated to the Royal Manchester Institution on Mosley Street.
Artwork By:
Julia Midgley, Northwich
A complete pictorial list of MAFA's past presidents.
Current President:
Gerry Halpin MBE MAFA
Manchester Academy of Fine Arts 1859 - 2003' by Sheila Dewsbury. The book, published by MAFA, is a treasure trove of information from the Academy archives. It provides a comprehensive survey of art and artists in the north of England from 1859 to the beginning of the 21st century.
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Apply to become a member of MAFA. This years elections take place at Manchester School Of Art on 25th March. Full details with the form...
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"The research section of our website is aimed at students and will show studios, working methods of artists and further examples of their work. The work of students who have attended workshops with the artists will also be shown....
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2017 Exhibition
2017 Spring Exhibition Opening Saturday 25th February
This years members Exhibition opens on Saturday, 25th February at Stockport Memorial Art Gallery. David Lee, the celebrated art critic will open the show..
John Sprakes Exhibition
Hadrian's Wall In Winter
John Sprakes is exhibiting at The Mall Galleries, London from 6th to 11th March. use the link to read the story on the MAFA news pages

Exhibitions and Events

MAFA has held annual exhibitions of it's members work on a regular, mostly continuous basis, since they were first started during the 1870's. Follow this link to see some of the more recent exhibitions.

The photos shown are from the MAFA Cathedral Exhibition 2015 which was held at Manchester Cathedral July 11th - August 9th, 2015.


Manchester Academy of Fine Arts was founded on 14th November 1859

Since that time MAFA has been at the centre of the Manchester Art scene.