MAFA's current president is Gerry Halpin MBE who was elected in 2015.
2017 Exhibition
MAFA's Next Exhibition
Our next Members Exhibition will be held at Stockport Memorial Art Gallery and will run from 25th February to the 11th April.
Exhibition 2017
2016 Exhibition
A short video from last years members exhibition at The Portico Library in Manchester city centre
2016 Exhibition
Portico 4
During 2009 and 2010 MAFA celebrated it's 150'th anniversary. A number of events were held throughout the period and this article summarizes those activities
2009/10 - MAFA's 150th Anniversary

Manchester Academy Of Fine Arts

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts was founded on 14th November 1859. Originally affiliated to the Royal Manchester Institution on Mosley Street, the Academy continued to be based at the building, now Manchester Art Gallery, after the Institution gifted it to the city council in 1882. The last exhibition, which attracted 23,906 visitors, was held there in 1997 before the gallery was refurbished. At the present time exhibitions of members' work take place in both public and private galleries across the region. Workshops, classes and talks are held during the run of some exhibitions.

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso


"In my sculpture, it's not an image I am seeking, it's not an idea. My goal is to re-live a past emotion." Louise Bourgeois
Membership Applications

Applications Invited

Mafa encourages applications from experienced artists of all disciplines. To receive a Membership Application Form please click the link below. MAFA considers applications annually. Please contact the Membership Secretary at the email address on this page for more details.

Mafa Application Form


Annual Exhibitions

MAFA have held annual exhibitions for Members continuously since the 1860's. Since 2003 the Members Exhibition has been held in public art galleries around the North West region.
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