2015
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2000 To Present

1998 – 2002 Following closure of Manchester Art Gallery for refurbishment annual members’ exhibitions held at Bury Art Gallery with a series of lectures and workshops.  Prize money at annual exhibitions over £6000. 2003 Exhibition of selected members’ work at Manchester Art Gallery. 2003 to present Members’ exhibitions held in public art galleries across the…..Read more

1990
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1980’s & 1990’s

Several Academicians Gain International Recognition. More eclectic work in a variety of media reflecting diversity of artists, especially sculptors and printmakers. Increase of work in the public domain. Several academicians exhibiting internationally...Read more

1970
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1970’s

Continuing development of Northern School artists including Theodore Major, Roger Hampson and Norman Jaques Strong three dimensional work with sculptors such as Ted Roocroft. 1976 L.S. Lowry died. Lowry was elected a member in 1935 and had exhibited with the Academy for over forty years...Read more

1960
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1960’s

1961-69 MAFA President was Harry Rutherford Harry Rutherford, President from 1961 -9, a strong influence in a decade of changes. Encouragement of young artists with more abstract work in evidence...Read more

1950
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1950’s

MAFA artists prominent in emerging ‘Northern School’ Emergence of a Northern School of artists inspired by contemporary industrial life...Read more

1940
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1940’s

MAFA Annual Exhibitions continue throughout the war. 1939 – 1945 Several members again official war artists. Annual exhibitions continued throughout the war. Artists commissioned to record Manchester’s wartime industry...Read more

1930
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1930’s

MAFA members leading Manchesters’ emerging arts centre 1931 Members only exhibitions changed – anyone could submit work for the annual show. 1932 First open exhibition ‘Worthy of the best tradition of Manchester as an arts centre’ (Manchester Evening News)..Read more

1920
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1920’s

A number of MAFA artists become Royal Academicians. Influx of younger artists brought ‘renewed energies’ Several including Francis Dodd and Charles Tunnicliffe later became Royal Academicians...Read more

1919
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1914
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1914-1918

MAFA members appointed war artists Several members appointed official war artists. Annual exhibitions continued in spite of  ‘formidable logistics’...Read more

1890
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1890’s

…and early 1900s Municipal Galleries throughout north west bought work for their new collections More artists travelling and working in Europe while continuing to show work in annual exhibitions..Read more

1880
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1880’s

RMI building donated to the city of Manchester Annual Academy exhibitions continued in what was now the City Art Gallery Several Academicians working in Wales instrumental in establishing the Royal Cambrian Academy 1887 Members exhibited at the Royal Jubilee Exhibition at Old Trafford – 4,153,724 visitors..Read more

1870
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1870’s

Women Elected For First Time Continuation of flourishing Manchester School Design of Town Hall by Alfred Waterhouse Women elected for first time..Read more

1860
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1860’s

First Members Annual Spring Exhibitions Private members’ exhibitions held every Spring The rise of a Manchester School of Painting headed by Anderson Hague..Read more

1859
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