Founded on 11th November 1859 the Academy now has over 100 painter, sculptor and printmaker members who represent the best in fine art across the region.

In addition, members also represent the region at a national level exhibiting with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Society of British Sculptors, the Society of Women Artists, the Royal Society of British Artists and many others.

All members remain committed to the original objectives practised for over 150 years:

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

By becoming a Friend you will help MAFA continue with these objectives and support the Graduate Award Scheme providing prizes and professional encouragement to Manchester Metropolitan University School of Art graduates.

I Fallon receiving his graduate award from MAFA president, Gerry Halpin MBE PMAFA
A student receives his graduate award from MAFA president, Gerry Halpin MBE PMAFA

You can become a Friend of MAFA for an annual subscription of £25