Friends Of MAFA Started
Friends Of MAFA Started

About Friends

In 2010 The Friends of MAFA was set up in order to give people interested in the Arts an opportunity to become involved in the North Wests’ leading Art Organisation, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.

Members of the Friends society receive a unique opportunity to become involved with the Academy’s program of events. Some organised around MAFA Exhibitions, such as exhibition previews, gallery talks and workshops and then others organised outside the exhibition program, such as open studios, social events and field trips.

Those Friends wishing to become further involved with the Academy have the opportunity to join the

  Friends Committee, helping on projects to promote the arts in the North West through their involvement with Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.

Upon joining the Friends society each new member receives a welcome pack containing their membership card, an membership badge, a copy of Academy member Sheila Dewsburys’ book ‘A History So Far’, describing the history of the Academy over it’s 150 years, drawing from personal accounts and archive material. Plus a welcome letter from the Academy’s President.

All of these are contained within an elegant folder, inside of which are two pockets to hold preview invitations, artist statements,

  postcards, letters and all the memorabilia from an active involvement in the Friends society, each folder becoming that members personal archive of a time spent as a Friend of Manchester Academy of Fine arts.


Membership Benefits

  • Welcome Pack with a copy of The Story So Far
  • Membership Card
  • Friends Membership Badge
  • Personal Invitations to:
    – Private Viewings
    – Gallery Talks
    – Open Studio Sessions
    – Workshops
  • Full access to this website, inc.Friends Forum
  • Discounts on courses and events run by MAFA

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