MAFA Day at the Weavers Factory

The Weavers Factory are organising a MAFA day on the 26 April 2020 for MAFA members and friends to celebrate Barbara Sykes new exhibition The Human Condition. When somebody labelled her work ‘sad’, artist Barbara Sykes began to add comedic party hats to her existing drawings. Barbara’s provocative response reveals an unintentionally frivolous side to…

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Visual Quality of Materials in Sculpture

Join MAFA member David Sprakes in a lecture on the Visual Quality of Materials in Scupture at the Mall Galleries in London. There is free entry to the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of British Artists for whose who attend this talk.   “The sculpture evolves through enquiry, investigation and exploration. Drawing, maquette studies,…

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John Sprakes’ Journey into Abstraction

MAFA member John Sprakes has recently launched his book Journey Into Abstraction. In it, he discusses his artistic career spanning over sixty years. The book looks at the development of his work from figurative, derivative, through to abstraction. John studied at Doncaster College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art before settling in Nottinghamshire where…

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'Riverbanks, Saddleworth, Autumn' by John McCombs

John McCombs is at the Royal Society Annual Exhibition 26th November – 8th December 2019

MAFAPP artist John McCombs is showing recent work in London One of four paintings ‘Riverbanks, Saddleworth, Autumn’ by John McCombs ROI RBA is on show at the Royal Society of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London. The official opening is ‪on 26th November‬, and the show runs ‪until 8th December‬.…

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'Quarry' by Lorna Green

‘Quarry’ – By Lorna Green

“Quarry” 2017-2019, by Lorna Green with music by Julia Harding is a sculpture/video/music installation about four aspects of Endon Quarry in Kerridge, Macclesfield.   Filmed over 12 months, the videos:- ‘Machines Story’, ‘Quarry Landscape’, Birds, Bees and Butterflies’, and ‘Water, Mud, Snow’ play with natural sounds and repeated with music, was first exhibited at The…

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'Seen On Merseyside' by Julia Midgley

“Seen On Merseyside” by Julia Midgley Accepted For The RA Summer Exhibition

“Seen On Merseyside” by Julia Midgley Accepted For The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition “On the Albert Dock, Liverpool, historic marine buoys, anchors. ships and boats are displayed.One day actors were rehearsing amongst the objects. A welder interrupted his work to observe them.  I had been drawing the skeleton of “Ambush” the 1900 Grand National winner…

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MAFA Election Information

MAFA Election Information APPLICATIONS for 2019 are now CLOSEDThe 2020 election of members will be announced once dates and venue are confirmed Manchester Academy of Fine Arts MAFA Election of New Members Day When:  Saturday June1st 2019 9:30am–10:30am deliver your artworks 3:30pm- 4:30pm collect your artworks Where: Bolton Arena (www boltonarena com) see the application…

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Shaun Smyth Catalogue

Shaun Smyth Exhibition 18/2/2019 – 5/4/2019

Constructing The Mersey Gateway BridgeAn exhibition by Shaun Smyth at the Brindley Theatre, Runcorn   Constructing the Mersey Gateway Bridge Drawings and paintings by Shaun Smyth MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY – FRIDAY 5 APRIL The River Mersey has played a significant role throughout Artist Shaun Smyth’s life; his proximity to it persists in being a source…

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‘This is Manchester’ A Michael Ashcroft exhibition at Contemporary Six

This is Manchester A Michael Ashcroft exhibition at Contemporary Six Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Preview: Thursday, November 1, 17:30–20:00 Contemporary Six, 37 Princess Street, Manchester, M2 4FN A collection of highly regarded and much anticipated paintings of Manchester’s cityscape are coming to an independent art gallery this November. Contemporary Six, located…

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Jane Braithwaite receiving the Cuneo Medal

Jane Braithwaite Receives the Cuneo Medal

Congratulations to Jane Braithwaite on receiving the Cuneo Medal MAFA member Jane Braithwaite has been awarded The Equestrian Society’s top award which is given for the most meritorious group of works by a full member. Jane is also congratulated on winning The Banstead Manor Stud ‘Best Sporting Picture’ award for her painting ‘Canal Turn’. Please…

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Dean Clough

Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough

About the Crossley Gallery, Dean CloughDirections, Opening Times, Map Interesting Links: ACDC – the People behind Dean Clough Whats On At Dean Clough Visit Calderdale Dean Clough Page Details: Address: Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX Phone: 01422 255266 ‘Across Borders’ Dates: Open 21st July – 18th August 2018 Private Preview 12 to 2pm Saturday 21st…

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Zeitgeist - Peter Davis

Zeitgeist Exhibition at Warrington Art Gallery

ZEITGEIST A portrait of life in our digital age 10 February – 28 April 2018Zeitgeist: Exhibition Preview A series of paintings by Peter Davis MAFA Thursday 8 February, 6-8pm please RSVP to You and your guest are cordially invited to the launch of Zeitgeist at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, kindly sponsored by Martin…

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MAFA Members Exhibition at the Portico 2017

MAFA Small Works Exhibition Open 21/10 to 18/11 2017

Over 40 Academy artists are exhibiting work at the MAFA Small Works Exhibition MAFA’s latest members exhibition runs from 21st October to the 18th November 2017 at the Portico Library Gallery. Opening details can be found on the Portico website. The photos here show the exhibition preparations in the week before the opening. Come along…

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Malcolm Taylor Solo Exhibition

Malcolm Taylor Solo Exhibition 8th September to 22nd October 2017

‘Between The Lines’ An exhibition of Malcolm Taylor’s work at Water Street Gallery, Todmorden. Malcolm Taylor is having a solo exhibition at Water Street Gallery, Todmorden,  from Friday 8th September until Sunday 22nd October. There will be a preview on Thursday 7th September from 6pm until 8pm. We warmly invite you to the preview of…

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Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Graduate Awards 2017

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Graduate Awards 2017 After a fascinating journey through the studios and galleries of MMU School of Art on Friday June 9th David Edwards, Peter Davis Chris, Lawson and myself, guided as efficiently as always by Tony Ratcliffe and John Hewitt, had the unenviable task of selecting the Award winners for…

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Barlow Bohuslav

Bohuslav Barlow (Todmorden) Visit Bohuslav’s Website Born in Moravia Czechoslovakia, he came to England in 1955 and trained at Manchester and the Central School of Art, London. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including Dryden St Gallery, Chalk Farm Gallery and Greenwich Gallery, London. Selected mixed exhibitions include the Royal Society of Painters Etchers and…

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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…

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MMU Student Awards with MAFA President, Gerry Halpin MBE

MAFA President Gerry Halpin MBE talks about the MMU Graduate Awards Gerry Halpin MBE with Verity Howard Visiting MMU on behalf of MAFA last week and viewing a superb and richly varied range of final year student Art exhibitions, was an exceptionally rewarding opportunity to begin my duties as your new President. The work, in all…

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MAFA 2015 Graduate Awards Winner – Verity Howard

Verity Howard MAFA MMU Graduate Award Winner 2015 Verity Howard My practice explores using surface decoration techniques, such as monoprinting, and constructing form through slab building. I aim to create forms which are contemplative rather than functional. I am fascinated by glimpses of everyday lives and activities. I am interested in capturing snapshots that convey…

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Glenys Latham Comments On The 2015 MAFA MMU Graduate Awards

Comments From Award giver Glenys Latham upon the MAFA Graduate Awards Included in 2015 MMU Graduate Awards are four additional awards which are personal donations. Three from MAFA’s Trustees who are eager to give encouragement to new graduates and stimulate interest in the Academy from emerging new talent, and MAFAs President Award. Each award has been…

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About MAFA Graduate Awards For MMU School Of Art Graduates

MAFA MMU Graduate Awards  MAFA MMU Student Award Winners Tony Ratcliffe and John Hewitt agreed to instigate a mechanism for MAFA to make awards to final year students in Manchester school of Art. The intention of this was to promote new, young artists as potential members. This involved looking at all the final year exhibitions in…

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Tour of Anthony Ratcliffe Exhibition

Tour of Anthony Ratcliffe Exhibition MAFA Member Anthony Ratcliffe gave a tour of his exhibition ‘Shoreline and Watershed’ at the ‘MMU Special Collections Gallery’ to members of MAFA nd the Friends Society. The tour included an introduction to the ‘Artist Book Archive Library’ by MMU’s Education Officer, Louise Clennell. Anthony Ratcliffe has exhibited widely in…

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New MAFA President, Gerry Halpin MBE, Launches His Presidency

MAFA President Gerry Halpin MBE launches his Presidency The recently elected President of MAFA, Gerry Halpin MBE, hosted a very successful ‘T’ Party for Members, Friends and Trustees as a new initiative whose purpose was to encourage informal conversation and as a means of getting to know one another, especially those of us who rarely…

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