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Manchester Cathedral: The Meditation of Drawing

September 2023

Manchester Cathedral

Coming Soon: The Meditation of Drawing. The next MAFA exhibition opens September 10th at Manchester Cathedral.

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Bunker Talk: MAFA with MSoA

You can now watch the recording of the Bunker Talk online. MAFA Members John Hewitt, Julia Midgley and Professor Tim Brennan discussed their relationship with drawing with Sophie Benson. This talk relates to our upcoming exhibition

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‘The Meditation of Drawing’ Exhibition

MAFA exhibition at Manchester Cathedral 10th September – 12th October 2023 ‘Photography is an immediate reaction; drawing is a meditation’ – Henri Cartier-Bresson  The purpose of drawing can be many things to different individuals; it can

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Dean Clough Summer 2023

The MAFA Summer 2023 Exhibition opened today at the Crossley Gallery at Dean Clough. The exhibition will run until the 15th July. More than 50 Academicians are exhibiting their work. This includes paintings, sculptures and prints.

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Manchester School of Art Bunker Talk #121

Three members of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, John Hewitt, Julia Midgley and Professor Tim Brennan, will be discussing their relationship with drawing in conversation with Sophie Benson. The talk will take place at the

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Available now in an Auction!! This original painting I first did of the Cleveland Way Coastal path is to support the Charity Explorers Against Extinction in an exhibition entitled 'On the brink'. It will be shown in Edinburgh and the Oxo Tower in London and the auction closes on Sunday November 12th at 7pm! If you follow the link you will not only see my work (Lot 13) but many other amazing works and be able to read about the charity and its work. All instructions about bidding are explained.It is all about preserving the natural world and its treasures and once again I am honoured to have been invited to contibute 'A changing rhythm'.Society of Women Artists Manchester Academy of Fine Arts ... See MoreSee Less
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MAFA exhibition ‘The Meditation of Drawing’ at Manchester Cathedral opens this Monday 11th September and runs until the 22nd October.The Manchester Academy of Fine Arts initiated this exhibition to explore and promote the positive aspects of drawing, inspired by the quote: ‘Photography is an immediate reaction; drawing is a meditation’ – Henri Cartier-Bresson.A catalogue will accompany the exhibition with essays by Professor Tim Brennan, Julia Midgley and John Hewitt. The essays examine how drawing is a meditation of the world around us.#mafa #exhibition #manchester #northernart #northernartists #drawing #artcollectors #artuk #collectart #originalart #artconnoisseur Manchester Cathedral Secret Manchester ... See MoreSee Less
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