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Today MAFA has a membership of over 110 diverse and talented artists. Our painters, sculptors and printmakers represent the best in fine art across the region.

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Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery Exhibition

July 2024

Coming Soon: Stockport July 2024

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Events & Activities

MAFA Archives books

‘Conversations with History’ Archive event at Manchester Art Gallery

This is a special two-hour event celebrating 200 Years of Manchester Art Gallery. Our archivist, Peter Davis, will be there with our new President, Janina Cebertowicz, to give the public a rare glimpse at some of our archive

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‘Corridors’ by Tim Brennan

Tim Brennan’s manoeuvres come to Manchester in the form of a new free guidebook. This is the opening quote from one of three new guided walks that make up my new pocket travel book, ‘Corridors: Three

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View of the Stockport exhibition space with MAFA artwork and sculpture

Stockport Exhibition July 2024

MAFA will next exhibit at Stockport Memorial Art Gallery this summer. The exhibition will open on 20th July 2024 and run until 13th September. More than 60 MAFA Members will be exhibiting, along with selected graduates

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Jane Burgess ‘The Artist’ Magazine Article

Jane Burgess was recently asked by the editor of ‘The Artist’ magazine to write an article describing her use of different media for different situations. The article titled ‘Watercolour or Oil?’ appears in the February 2024

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Associate Membership is the initial step towards full Manchester Academician status. In February/March each year practising, professional Fine Artists within the U.K. may submit an application for Selection. Information can be found here.


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A special two-hour event celebrating 200 Years of Manchester Art Gallery: our archivist, Peter Davis, will be there with our new President, Janina Cebertowicz, to give the public a rare glimpse at some of our archive books. Manchester Art Gallery, Saturday 1st June 1-3pm.The event will also feature some insightful presentations and lively discussions from three esteemed speakers, offering unique perspectives on the evolution of our city’s arts ecology over the years: Yuen Fong Ling (Artist, Curator and Researcher, a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and previously Director (Exhibitions), Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 1999-2005). Rebecca Wade (Special Collections and Galleries, University of Leeds) and Hannah Williamson (Fine Art Curator, Manchester Art Gallery).This event is free to attend but you’ll need to reserve your place via this link: ... See MoreSee Less
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Applications for Associate Membership are now OPEN! The deadline to apply is March 8th 2024.Full details and terms and conditions can be found on the website. To apply, please visit our website and fill in the form on the ‘Join Us’ page: If you have any questions you can DM us or email: #MAFA #ManchesterArtists ... See MoreSee Less
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