Past exhibitions

Here are some of our previous exhibitions. For more information or a full list of past displays, please contact us.

All the Best

30 October 2021 – 20 November 2021

Dean Clough Gallery

This exhibition featured all the best works by members of MAFA. From sculptures to prints and oil paintings see what our artists have been working on recently. The Crossley Gallery, where MAFA is holding their exhibition, is one of the largest contemporary arts spaces in Yorkshire. Dean Clough devotes up to nine of its public spaces to a rolling programme of gallery exhibitions that reflect contemporary art practice in the North of England.

You can download the exhibition catalogue here.

Art of the Everyday

18 May 2021 – 26 June 2021

Gallery Oldham

In some ways this exhibition was about noticing the details which we may have taken for granted before. It also documented a new way of living, for example the ideas of home schooling or keeping in touch with family via video calling instead of being in the same space to share laughter and hugs. Some artists used daily walks as an opportunity to develop their drawing skills and capture the landscape around them, others captured activities that helped their mental wellbeing – cooking, sitting in the garden or escaping to a bath.

You can download the exhibition catalogue here, and watch this short interview with MAFA President Malcolm Taylor and exhibition organiser and Vice President of MAFA Kath Lowe as they chat to us about how the exhibition came about and the history of MAFA.

Small Works

30 November 2019 – 2 February 2020

The Whitaker, Rossendale.

Our Christmas exhibition this year is a group show by The Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. Running from 30th November 2019 to 2 February 2020, this is a chance to see some of the best artists working in the North West together in one room.  

The Academy began life in 1859 and has been contributing to the cultural life of Manchester and Lancashire ever since. Its members have created murals and designed public sculptures that appear across the city, and classes run by the academy have inspired some of the best including L.S. Lowry. Today, its number include painters, printmakers and sculptors whose work appears in both public and private collections across the region, country and further afield.

See some photographs of the Small Works Exhibition.

MAFA Autumn Exhibition

21 September 2019 – 1 November 2019

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Stockport.

An exhibition of work by members of Manchester Academy of Fine Art. The exhibition was opened by Tim Brennan, Professor of Art, at Manchester School of Art. Sculpture by Lorna Green, winner of the MAFA Bursary Award was featured together with over 100 works from members of the Academy, who represent some of the best of contemporary art in the region.

See some photographs of the MAFA Autumn exhibition.

Category: Past Exhibitions