Manchester Academy of Fine Arts

Community site for artists, friends and lovers of the Manchester art scene.

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Be One of Us

Friends Membership Benefits:


  • Welcome Pack with a copy of The Story So Far
  • Membership Card
  • Friends Membership Badge
  • Personal Invitations to:- Private Viewings- Gallery Talks- Open Studio Sessions- Workshops
  • Full access to this website, inc.Friends Forum
  • Discounts on courses and events run by MAFA
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About Manchester Academy of Fine Arts:


Manchester Academy of Fine Arts was founded in 1859 and has made a significant contribution to the cultural life of the city since that date. It’s members designed the Town Hall and University and have created murals and public sculptures through the city. It was responsible for the only art exhibitions staged in Manchester in both world wars. Today the membership of over a hundred painters, sculptors and printmakers  represent the best in fine art throughout the region. All remain committed to the original objectives of the Academy practised for over a hundred and fifty years:

‘to promote fine art in the wider community through exhibitions and education.’

Use the link to find out how to apply to become a member and join the Manchester Academy of Fine arts.