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Manchester Academy of Fine Arts has been led, run and organised by artists since 1859. It is a registered UK charity. It is the only Academy of its kind in the North West of England representing artists working in Sculpture, Painting, Drawing and Printmaking.   An artist elected as an Associate Member is eligible to progress to full Academician after two years. We encourage professional practising artists to apply.

Artists are elected by their peers in recognition of the quality of their work which demonstrates a wide range of approaches, techniques and styles.

They all share a passion for art and members work in the belief that the arts can help reflect, record and shape the world we live in. There are at present 116 academicians and associate members.

Academicians' entitlements include:

  • The use of MAFA after the artists name.
  • Entry and listing in all MAFA exhibitions.
  • Automatic selection into the Members' Exhibitions.
  • Invitations to all MAFA Private Views.
  • Complimentary catalogues, which form a significant element of our archive.
  • Recognition in catalogues if you perform a specific role in MAFA.
  • A profile on the MAFA website.
  • An opportunity to list work, prints and publications in our online shop.
  • Profile promotion via our Social Media posts.
  • Profile exposure in features on our website.
  • The ability to propose and elect new Academicians, and to elect Council members, President and Vice-President.


Applications for new associate members for 2024 are now open. The deadline for applications is 8 March 2024, we cannot consider applications made after this date. Successful applicants will be invited to bring their work to a second round held at Gallery Oldham on Saturday 23rd March 2024 at 10am. We will notify applicants after 24th March as to whether or not they have been selected as new associate members. The decision of the MAFA Election Committee is final. MAFA will not enter into any correspondence in relation to non-election. If you encounter any problems submitting this form please contact

Please read the supporting pdf below before applying. If you have any questions regarding application please email

Associate Member Application Guidelines

Please fill in the form below to apply to become an Associate Member. Please read the Application Guidelines document above before applying. Please read the Terms and Conditions on the second page of the form before submitting your application.