Welcome to this new section to our website dedicated to all the current news for MAFA and its members. This section can be accessed from the 'News' link on the home page.
MAFA's new President , Gerry Halpin MBE launches his presidency with a new social event- The Presidents Tea Party... Read More Below
Congratulations to the MAFA MMU Student Award Winners : Natalie Yates; Patrick Jone; Andrew Robinson; Kelly McKenna; Louise Giovanelli; Vicky Olivera; Henry Brown; Caroline Oswald; Elsa Frere; Verity Howard ... Read More Below
Jane Burgess at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield ... Read More Below
New MAFA President Gerry Halpin MBE is set to launch his tenure with an introductory social event this month 'The Presidents Tea Party' at the Artzu Gallery in Manchester. The event, evidence of his dynamic start will reflect his vison of MAFA: Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, At the very heart of Manchester's Artistic Life. Gerry has this to say:
"As your new President, I would like to invite you and a guest to an 'Afternoon Tea Party' at the Artzu Gallery Manchester between 3pm and Spm on Saturday October 17th.
2015. My purpose is to create an opportunity for al l Trustees, Council, Elected Members and Friends of MAFA to get to know one another informal ly, to chat about art and raise ideas regarding our future in the wider context of the developing art scene in Manchester.
I would like to welcome and encourage you all to come along and support this innovative social event, especially those of us who rarely have such a chance to meet.
At 3.30pm the gallery owner, Nicholas Betney, will talk for a short while about running a successful commercial gallery and later Jo Bennett will talk about the role of an Artists' Agent.
A light and interesting buffet wil l be available.
Please RSVP by October 5th. to email@example.com letting us know if you will be bringing a guest.I look forward to meeting everyone."
I do hope you can make it.
" Hadrians Wall stretches approx. 35 miles from Wallsend in Newcastle to Bowness on the west. It snakes its way over some of the most dramatic landscape in England. It is the result of geological volcanic land movement causing substantial windsill. The views from each side of the Roman wall offer some exceptional visual vistas.This are has been a constant source of inspiration and the Bursary has enabled me to continue working in this area. I have been visually fascinated by the colours, textures, structures and rythms and the constantly changing moods and atmospheres.
This ancient landscape has inspired many of my recent paintings which are composed by looking down into the valley escarpments and ravines. It’s almost like viewing the scene from the air.
The movement of the shapes as they recede towards the horizon, folding upwards towards the sky, feature compositionally in many of my drawings, studies and paintings.
I have already exhibited some of the completed work in a one-man show at the Patchings Arts Centre, Nottingham. I was able to promote the work of MAFA both during the show and at two workshops/studio demonstrations.
During my stay in Northumberland I have used a converted Signal Box and Railway Carriage as a work base.
I intend to make two more visits to the location in September and March/ April next year.
This will allow me to watch the changing seasons.
The whole area is full of light and movement, the changing scale and the intense texture of the area are emotionally moving and inspiring and I hope my paintings will offer to the spectator a personal view of this remarkable landscape.
The ‘Artist Magazine’ are intending to feature a substantial article in the February edition relating to the work produced in Northumberland.
In January 2016, some of the paintings will also be exhibited in Doncaster City Art Gallery from January to March and I will inform Members as to the date and time of the Private View. Anyone wishing to attend will be most welcome.
I will continue to keep the Academy informed as to my future progres"
Review By Malcolm Taylor.
I went to view Amrik Varsalis's current exhibition at The South Square gallery in Thornton, on the outskirts of Bradford, and found myself in a small gallery space surrounded by vibrant and colourful paintings which are a departure from the usual landscapes I've seen her exhibit at recent MAFA exhibitions. The exhibition has come about through her summer residency at Artworks in Halifax.
Amrik presents an exhibition of semi - abstract paintings showing people in conversation or just standing in the street in groups but no-one is allowed to be alone. It is clear from looking at the characters in her paintings in this exhibition that she draws her inspiration from a close observation of people from the community in which she lives, which give the paintings a unique authority.
My particular favourites were "Love To Dance" and "Gossip Is Good To Me" which contain multiple portraits of heads jammed together peering out of the frame. I also liked the amorphous group of Lowry-like figures standing about in "Saturday Afternoon". All of these were painted from a strong palette using free brushwork with much scratching and scraping of the surface. One comment I noticed in the visitor's book summed up these paintings nicely: it said that the writer loved the turquoise noses, purple skin tones and the vibrant greens and yellows.
If you've missed this exhibition, which is most likely now as at the time of me writing this review there is only one more week for it to run, then you should make a point of getting to see her next one wherever that may be.
As part of its 21st Anniversary celebrations, LBT (Lawrence Batley Theatre) on Queen Street in Huddersfield has invited Jane Burgess, landscape artist, to exhibit 12 oil paintings in the Theatre Bar.
This is apt, because Jane was the first artist to exhibit there (it was then called the Pianola Bar) when the Theatre opened in 1994.
Back in 1992, when the Theatre was still being created in the shell of the old Queen Street chapel, Jane spoke to Ron McAllister, LBTs first Artistic Director. She wondered if the new theatre could mount art exhibitions in front-of-house spaces as did the Leeds Playhouse, where she had held an exhibition some years previously. Ron liked the idea and invited her to come and see the site and explore the idea further. She recalls donning a hard hat and being shown all around the site by the enthusiastic young Director. The invitation to show her work there quickly followed.
Janes current exhibition continues until 17 October.
MAFA President Gerry Halpin and Vice President Malcolm Taylor have both had paintings selected to be shown in the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. Their work was chosen from a record entry of over 1000 and will appear alongside paintings by some of Britain's leading marine artists.
This annual exhibition has come to be recognised as the most prestigious and varied of marine art in the UK. It's theme is the sea and everything related to it, from beaches and creeks to harbours and boats. It will feature 330 works from emerging and well-established artists across a range of media, including oil painting, watercolour, pastels, prints, and sculpture.
The exhibition will be on display at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square, London, between 14 and 25 October 2015.
"I enjoyed my day stewarding the the current MAFA exhibition at Manchester Cathedral because in between chatting to visitors, Cathedral stewards and staff I made a study on my iPad of the Regimental Chapel. As often happens when people see an artist at work it encouraged conversation, about what I was doing, but more importantly about MAFA and the exhibition. I am sure that others members stewarding have had sketchbooks to hand it would be good to post them on the Website."
This July saw the opening of MAFA's Summer Show at Manchester Cathedral. The show continues our long standing relationship with Manchester Cathedral and our commitment to the artistic life of Manchester. In 2009 ManchesterAacademy of Fine Arts celebrated it's 150th Anniversary with an Exhibition and Celebratory service at Manchester Cathedral. An event you discover more about on this website on the 150th Celebration Page
As part of the Exhibition MAFA awarded it's Annual Dr Barbara Oldham Memorial Award. This years award was won by MAFA Member Norman Long for his work 'Transcience'.
The Exhibition runs until the 10th August and is staffed daily by Artist Memebrs of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. Giving the public the opportunity for the public to mmet MAFA's exhibiting artists and discuss therir work and the artistic life of the Academy.
Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Summer Exhibition 2015 Manchester Cathedral 2015 .
MAFA President Gerry Halpin MBE
MAFA President Gerry Halpin MBE talks about the MMU Student 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 areas of study was of an exceptionally high standard and congratulations must deservedly go to the teaching staff and to the enthusiasm of the students involved. It was very difficult to choose winners of this years MAFA Student Awards but with able assistance from Malcolm Taylor, our new Vice President and Dean Bland our Web Site and Friends Co-ordinator, the challenge was enjoyable and absorbing. My thanks also go to MAFA Members and MMU lecturers, Tony Ratcliffe and John Hewitt for their planning and smooth organisation of this event.
After much discussion we made a final selection and the Awards were presented to all but two of the students, the one being in America whilst the other was receiving further award in London.
Painting, drawing, soft sculpture, print making and ceramics were representative of the range of art work selected and the students themselves ranged from young people to more mature students. Each was one so very enthusiastic about their art and also very impressed by their success in being selected by MAFA for their outstanding work. It was a delight to meet them individually and to hear of their ambitions for their future, each one being thrilled to have the opportunity of taking part in our exhibitions over the next three years.
Undoubtedly, this is one of MAFAs major involvements. Students and new members are key to enriching our future exhibitions and in maintaining the perception of our importance as a vibrant, forward looking and effective Art Academy in Manchester.
As the 24th President of MAFA, I am looking forward to enjoying the support of all our members through social interaction events, a wider range of exhibition opportunities and, however possible, in attempting to re-establish the once major event in our and Manchesters cultural calendar, the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Annual Open Exhibition.
It is a great privilege to have been elected your President and for the next two years at least I hope, with the unfailing support of both Council and Trustees, in whom I have the greatest confidence, that MAFA will continue to flourish and be respected as a prestigious membership of very fine artists.
With Kindest regards to all.
Gerry Halpin MBE
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MAFA MMU Student Awards 2015
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 both design and fine art disciplines. It was emphasized that some of the design disciplines encouraged a fine art approach to making and drawing, especially Illustration , 3 dimensional design and textiles in Practice and photography.
We considered both the work and the potential for the student to engage in MAFA exhibition opportunities.
Having shortlisted 25 student shows, a representation from MAFA was invited to visit prior to the opening evening and select winners.
The president was invited to the VIP event on the opening evening and was introduced to the Dean of Faculty and various VIP guests.
The awards were labeled with ‘MAFA Fine Art Award’ labels and all recipients were photographed with MAFA President Gerry Halpin MBE as they received the awards.
What was very evident was the MAFA judging members surprise at the quality and organization of the undergraduate shows and the delight and appreciation of the winning students on receiving the prizes.
Comments From Award giver Glenys Latham upon the MMU 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 specifically focused by the donor toward an area of their interest. The Ian Thompson Award for Three-dimensional Art and Design is not necessarily awarded for sculpture, Ian being a sculptor himself, but for work that explores the language of three dimensions in any discipline, design or fine art. He hopes that it echoes some of the encouragement he was given, as a student, by an award made to him by The Royal Manchester Institution, to which MAFA was originally affiliated. For many years, John A. White (Canon Emeritus of Windsor) gave a Small Print Award to the MAFA Open Exhibition and wanted to reinstate this concept as an MMU Graduate Award. His interest is for the students work to show some evidence of concern to exploit the limitations and opportunities of the book plate size and format and some observable craft skill in the medium chosen, some design skill, and some creative imagination. Glenys Latham chose to donate two awards for Endeavour one to a Foundation Course student and one to a student graduating from a degree course in any art or design discipline. Experience as a lecturer in art and design and her personal story give her to believe that an individuals potential can be unlocked by endeavour in art and design. She shares with Ian the hopes that her awards give the encouragement such an award, at Bolton Secondary Art School, gave to her. The Presidents Award is a new catergory awarded for the first time this year. The award is for a Painter whose work shows an intuitive response to their subject, excitingly exploring the potential of their chosen medium, resulting in paintings which have personality.
Manchester Academy of Fine Arts MMU Student Awards 2015 .
Vicky Olivera MAFA MMU Student Award Winner 2015
I am a Textile artist and the overarching topic of my work is how life experiences and thoughts leave visible and invisible marks that influence our wellbeing.
The roots and origins of things and people have always interested me. My work is informed to a great extent by personal experiences, from where I reflect to propose new pieces. For example, the experience of moving from my homeland to another country was a turning point in my life, as well as my childhood memories; they all make me reflect about the past and the present. They contribute towards this reflection, generating ideas and influencing my current and future work directly and indirectly. I search for ways of making connections between those experiences and memories, translating the invisible marks that affect human wellbeing into tactile marks on the pieces I make. With each piece I intend to provoke a sense of identification and reflection by those experiencing it.
My aim is to develop my career by creating one-off pieces and site-specific installations. I am also interested in using my skills and learn new ones while working with communities.
Today I feel honoured and delighted by this distinction and would like to take the opportunity to thank M.A.F.A. for this award.
To find more about Vicky please visit her website www.vickyolivera.co.uk
Verity Howard MAFA MMU Student Award Winner 2015
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 a sense of stillness, absence of presence and being the outsider looking in. I aim to translate this interest through ceramic forms which convey the volume and depth of darkness in contrast to slithers of light emanating from window apertures.
I was very pleased to have been presented with the Ian Thompson 3D Design Award. I am very grateful for the prize money which has enabled me to secure a studio space in Hereford at Artsite3. This studio will allow me to continue developing my work and practice whilst allowing me to produce some new work for future exhibitions. My next exhibition will be at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in October. I am also very excited at being given the opportunity of exhibiting with MAFA in the future since it will be an excellent future showcase for my work. To find out more about Verity please visit her website http://www.verityhowardceramics.com/
Patrick Jones MAFA MMU Student Award Winner 2015
My practice at present uses charcoal on paper and mono-printing. Sometimes I have installed the works so that time becomes an extra element in the works as the viewer's eyes scan the picture surfaces from one focus to another. Being a musician as well as an artist I have seen some of my work as possible graphic scores that might be 'read' by a musician.
My drawing begins with direct observation or photography in my own local or domestic environment, and then I use a personal language of gestural marks often with my hand directly on the paper or inked surface.
I also have an interest in painting and film-making.
The MAFA award is very affirming for me at this later period of my life and very importantly as my present course comes to an end it gives me entry into a community of artists at a time when it is much needed.
Andrew Robinson MAFA MMU Student Award Winner 2015
My art centres around the aspect of creating illusions by the use of gestural brush marks. A concoction of parts that shape itself into a distorted figure like object reminiscent of a still life. My artwork does not centre on representation but opens the audience to create their own narration and representation. This creates greater rewards in painting and its uncertain processes. I take great influence from films that can spur tenuous links to my paintings and the beginnings of an open story's. Images that trigger the psychosis from the delightful to the sinister.
I have worked for a distribution company for 16 years as a team trainer and have decided to make a career change. The MAFA award is a great honour and testament to ones achievements and tells myself that I did not misplace my ability and adds greater confidence to continue my practice knowing the encouragement is there. One must never underestimate the influence of others from all aspects of the arts on one's practice.
My contortions and artwork can be found here:
MAFA Welcomes it's New President Gerry Halpin MBE
This May saw MAFA start a new chapter in it's life as it welcomed it's New President, Gerry Halpin MBE. Gerry takes over from Immediate Past President John McCombs who had come to the end of his 6 year term in office. During a relaxed ceremony John officially passed on the reigns of office to Gerry with both men talking about what that moment meant to them both personally and proffessionally. John spoke of " fulfilling his father's dreams", serving as MAFA President, his pride and sense of achievemnet. He spoke of his legacy, " a settled exhibition programme ...and a home in Manchester." Gerry spoke about his "immense pride and humilty' in accepting the position. He spoke about his vision for the Academy's future and it's position with the cultural life of Manchester.
This moment also saw the Vice Presidency pass from Rev Graham Kent to Malcolm Taylor with Graham standing down after a number years serving in this supporting role with a humanity and humour beffitting the man.
On behalf of all the Academy, it's Artist Members and it's Friends, I would like to thank John and Graham for all that they have done for us over the years, and I would like to welcome Gerry and Malcolm to their new roles.
Meet New President Gerry Halpin MBE
Gerry Halpin MBE
My paintings are inspired by the landscape and particularly looking down onto those areas where the land meets the sea. It is a challenging aspect to paint since the perspective is essentially linear. However, we know that it isn't flat and I have used texture in my paintings to suggests the notion of three dimensions, emphasising the dynamics of the interaction of water with land.
Following on from the Royal Society of Marine Artists, I submitted to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters ( ROI ) and was successful in having 2 paintings accepted and hung.
Pam and I went down for the Preview and met with John Mc. Michael Ashcroft and Norman Long who were also exhibiting.
When it came to awarding of prizes, I was completely surprised and shocked to hear my name called for the Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award for an Outstanding Oil Painter. Quite unexpected but thrilled in that it recognises my style of landscape painting as being worthy of such an award.
The President spoke to me later saying that " the Members felt that my painting was excitingly different, very accomplished and that I should continue to submit to the ROI in the coming years sending in larger works, which they felt suited my style"."
To find out more about Gerry please visit his Artist Profile on this Website.
Immediate Past President John McCombs - John's Legacy
John McCombs with Sheila Dewsbury
In 2008 John McCombs took over from John McPake as MAFA President. John McPake had taken over as President during difficult years for the Academy but under his stewardship the Academy had succesfully made the transition to a travelling Academy and he had built a strong supporting team to help him with this important work. Incoming President John McCombs inherited this team and over the years that team has evolved and worked together to develop the cultural and proffessional life of the Academy. Under John's stewardship Manchester Academy of Fine Arts has:
Further developed proffesional relationships with some the North West's most prestigiopus and important cultural venues.
Established a new home in Manchester with a flagship Annual Exhibition at The Portico Library and Gallery
Developed a new and exciting opportunity for cultural involvemnet with the Academy - The Friends of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts
Created a new voice for itself and new presence in social media with two new and developed websites.
Reached out with a hand of friendship and support to the next generation of artist with the MMU Student Awards
Created a programme of cultural support for the Academies Artist with Dr Barbara Oldham Memorial Awards
As John accepted his Presidency in 2008 he spoke of " fulfilling his father's dreams". It's clear from his legacy that he has achieved much more than this. He leaves his position with the Academy stronger, more relevant and more secure. A legacy that he and his father can be immensly proud of.
Immediate Past Vice Rev Graham Kent- Graham's Legacy
Rev Graham Kent
Rev Graham Kent's period of service spans the Presidencies of both John McPake and John McCombs. As a man of great humanity he has helped the Academy find it's new position within the cultural life of Manchester with a warmth and humour befitting the man. A moral compass for our journey. A conscience for our ambition.
Graham has supported and taken a leading role in the development of the Academy's Friends Society. Providing Friends events including a tour of The Methodist Art Collection early in the Society's life.
He has supported and taken a leading role in the development of the Academies Awards Programmes. Both for it's Artist Membership and for the MMU Students.Providing guidance on the tone and nature of the awards and serving upon the Awards Panels.
As Graham leaves his position he does so with an Academy discovering a new voice. A voice he has helped to shape. A voice that is welcoming, supportive and calling out to the next generation of Manchester's Artists.
View a selection of recent News Articles about MAFA and its Members and learn more about our artists, exhibition programme and events.
MAFA opens it's Spring Exhibition at The Portico Library and Gallery
MAFA Spring Exhibition
This March MAFA launched it's Spring Exhibition at The Portico Library and Gallery. The Exhibition was formally opening by MAFA President John McCombs and long term supporrter of the academy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith KSt JP DLitt LLD. The exhibition marks the latest chapter in what is a growing relationship between Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and The Portico Library and Gallery, two of Manchester's most historic and recognised institutions.The Private View for the Spring Exhibition continues to be a very popular event and formally launches our artistic and social programme for 2015. A programme that will also include our exhibiton at Manchester Cathedral later this year, A Tour of the recently refurbished Whitworth Art Gallery and a Studio Visit with Dr Barabara Oldham Travel Bursary winner John Sprakes. If you'd like to know more about how you get involved with our artistic and social programme please visit our Contacts Page on this website.
Congratulations to John Sprakes Winner of The Dr Barbara Oldham Travel Bursary Award
John Sprakes receiving his Award
Congratulations to MAFA Memeber John Sprakes, winner of The Dr Barbara Oldham Travel Bursary Award. The award allows the recipeient to undertake an artistic journey of discovery and development , providing an opportunity for artisitic exploration that might otherwise never be undertaken. The Awarad is highly sort after and this years Award Panel received many high quality and engaging submissions. however it was John and his highly inspiring propsal to artistically map the ful extent of Hadrians Wall that was selected.Previous receipeints include MAFA Memeber Danny Clahane who travelled to the legendary Marble Quarry of Carrara in Italy. The source of many of the Europe's most importnat artistic works. Throughout his award period Danny shared his experiences with us, walking us through his journey of artistic discovery, so that his development and discovery as an individual became ours as an Academy. John has already kindly talked of doing the same and we are looking forward to sharing in his journey. If you'd like to know how you can share his jouney please visit our Friends Page on this website.
MMU Student Award Winners Exhibit with MAFA
MMU Student Award Winners
Congratulations to all of the MMU Student Award winners that joined us for our Spring Exhibition at The Portico Library and Gallery. The intention of the MMU Awards s to promote new, young artists as potential membe and forms our commitment to both our continuing development and the continuing development of the artistic life of Manchester. Manchester is one of the most individual and progressive cities in Europe and with these Awards Manchester Academy of Fine Arts sits at the very front of Manchester artistic progression.
The years immediately following college can be amogst some of the difficult within an artist and designerds development. With these awards we are supporting these young people, providing them with a framework to support their developmet as they look to establish themselves beyond college. In return hey bring new ideas and new energy to the Academy, contributingto what is at it's very core a community of artists working together to develop the artistic life of this vibrant and exciting city.
From everyone at Manchester Academy of Fine Arts we'd like to thank Daisy Strang, Niki Povey, Roger Bygott, Emily Rusby, Bridget Collin, Naomi Litvack and all the MMU Student Awards winners for their contribution and we look forward continuing our artistic realationship.
MAFA welcomes its New Artist Members
MAFA President John McCombs
On behalf of the membership we would like to congratulate and welcome the new members to Manchester Academy of Fine Art. The successful applicants this year are the artists Alan Edwards, Geoff Chilton ,David Sprakes and Christine Ann Southworth. If you are interested in becoming a member of Manchester Academy of Arts please follow the the directions upon the contacts page of this website.
MAFA welcomes Christine Ann Southworth
Christine Ann Southworth
MAFA welcomes Christine Ann Southworth, one of four new members joining in 2014. Anne has this to say:
"MAFA has been on my bucket-list of the things I most want to do since my student days in the sixties. I was fortunate enough to go to Bolton College of Art where I met Roger Hampson. He was not only Principal of the College, but,as he too lived in Tyldesley, he also became a frequent travelling companion. In those days it took three buses to get from Tyldesley to Bolton and thereafter a swift walk to Hilden Street, not to mention the return journey after night school at nine in the evening three or four times a week, so lots of time too chat, It was a real privilege to be befriended by the the principal and I recall with pleasure being often invited me for afternoon tea with his wife and young family.
Becoming president of MAFA and a great painter in has own right, Mr Hampson encouraged me at a formative age and, if it doesn't sound too pretentious, I have always aspired to be like him.The highlight of my year until recent changes was exhibiting and selling at the MAFA exhibition in the Atheneum at Manchester City Art gallery. Over the years it became a long term ambition to be part of something so prestigious. This year, returning to my roots and producing copper and zinc plate etchings, I have fulfilled my ambition to become a member - a skill I was taught all those years ago at Bolton College of Art, when I was a young student just starting my career in Art. "
MAFA welcomes David Sprakes
Archeological Form by David Sprakes
MAFA welcomes Sculptor David Sprakes, one of four new members joining in 2014. David has this to say about becoming a member:
"I am particularly pleased and proud to be elected to the Manchester Academy of Fine Art. It has been an aim of mine over the past year and I hope my sculpture will add aesthetic value to the significant reputation of the Academy. I hope I can make a contribution to promoting the merits of the Academy particularly with thirty seven years of teaching Fine Art in both secondary and tertiary education.
I look forward to exhibiting with the Academy and meeting other members. Shown here is a bronze fresh from the foundry called Archeological Form. It is the start of a series of bronzes based on objects from ancient wars. Other recent bronzes have developed from my interest in unearthed objects. Surface patination, evoking time and weathering, is a pivotal objective in my sculpture."
If you are interested in becoming a member of Manchester Academy of Arts pleasee follow the the directions upon the contacts page of this website.
Norman Jaques Obituary
River Medlock Norman Jaques
Norman Jaques, Past President of the Academy, has died at the age of 92. From his election in 1950, he played prominent role in the Academy, serving on Council and on Selection and Hanging committees before becoming President from 1984 to 1990. He continued to exhibit annually until recently, and was highly regarded by fellow artists.He was born in Manchester and educated at Manchester School of Art. In 1948 he won the Proctor Travelling Scholarship to Italy and France. In 1954 he received the Giles Bequest prize for block printing from the Victoria and Albert Museum. From 1950 to 1982 he he was a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Art and Design at Manchester Polytechnic (now MMU), where he specialised in printmaking, illustration and book design.He exhibited in Edinburgh, London and Manchester, and as far afield as Francisco, Nebraska and Cleveland in the USA.His work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the BBC, Manchester Art Gallery and Nebraska University, and he received commissions from the General Post Office, the Ministry of Transport and Saatchi and Saatchi.
Charlie Holt remembers Norman Jaques: "I have very fond memories of Norman he was gentle and kind and very supportive of me many years ago and he was a hell of good printmaker"
Mike Sargent remembers Norman Jaques: " .... his wife ..... was also an artist. As a couple they were very friendly and approachable. "
Glenys Latham remembers Norman Jaques: "Norman was a lovely man, who I remember with great affection because many years ago he nominated me as a candidate for the office of President of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts when he stood down. My election as the first woman to hold the office was a significant event in my life which would not have happened without Norman's generous support and confidence I will be forever grateful.When I told Bob, my husband, the news of Norman's death we recalled an abiding memory of both Norman and Marjorie on the receiving days of the Academy Open exhibition, Marjorie with a rug over her arthritic knees and a flask of hot water to make lunch time brews of tea in a very precisely thought out manor, and of course just as they started to eat their lunch people would arrive to deliver work that needed Norman's adjudication and interrupt their food. Norman, generous as always, would break off from his sandwich to make a 'ruling' and Marjorie would complain that all their meal times were interrupted by Academy business.I hope it is of some comfort to you and Norman's family to know that he was highly respected and held in great affection by members of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts."
Friends Tour of The Whitworth Art Gallery
Cyprien Galliard Obelisk Whitworth Park
On Saturday the 02nd August the Friends of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts joined a tour of The Whitworth Art Gallery. The Whitworth is currently under going an extensive redevelopment of it's structure and surrounding environment by MUMA Architects. The key aim of this redevelopment is for the gallery to reach out to the surrounding communities. As part of that the park side of the gallery is being massivley reworked to create large light filled spaces directly linked to Whitworth Park via the creation of a new access. The new spaces will frame vistas of the victorian park through the position and distribution of the windows. Echoing that new vision a sculpture has been commisioned for the park by french artist Cyprien Galiiard . The large obelisk is constructed from loaclly retrieved housing materials from the surrounding communities reconstituted and set in a geometric pattern mimicking the major patternation of a compass. We would like to thank Sarah and the Whitworth Art Gallery for putting on the tour and we look forward to visiting the Whitworth once the development has been completed. To find out more about The Whitworth Art Gallery please visit their Website.
Lowry News from Sheila Dewsbury
L S Lowry
The forthcoming exhibition Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life runs at Tate Britain from 26th June to 29th October. Lowry first exhibited a MAFA in 1919 when he was a student in Academy classes. He was later elected a member in 1935, and between then and when he died in 1976 exhibited over 50 paintings in the annual shows. He took a keen interest in the work of fellow artists, and the painter Alan Lowndes recalled his wry sense of humour while gallery owner Andreas Kalman observed that although Lowry liked to appear untidy and shabby 'I do not think he had ever did a shabby thing in his life'.
Archive News from Sheila Dewsbury
The Academy receives enquiries from all over the world, mostly via the web, about Academicians past and present and their work. These come from different sources including curators, gallery owners, authors, collectors, family history researchers, etc. The information requested can usually be found in our archives which contain records of exhibitions from 1859 to present plus photographs, newspaper cuttings, etc.The most recent enquiry came from a researcher in America about the painter Frank Moratz, who came to Manchester as a refugee from Germany in 1939, and although he wasn't a member, studied at Academy classes in the early 1940s before going to America in 1946 to join his young son who had also managed to get out of Germany. There he continued to paint portraits of leading figures, and in his capacity as a paper conservationist became Consultant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The research is being carried out on behalf of his son who must now be about eighty. Sheila Dewsbury, Academy archivist, is looking through the academy archives for titles and prices of work he may have exhibited as a student at the Academy annual shows.
Out and about in Manchester
Out and about in Manchester
If you are out and about in Manchester you might like to spot public architecture, sculpture and murals by members of Manchester Academy. All the interior works are in buildings open to the public. Manchester Town Hall, The Manchester Museum building at MMU and Strangeways Prison are all designed by Alfred Waterhouse. He also carried out alterations and restoration at Chetham's School, and remodelled the interior of St Ann's Church in St. Ann's Square. The three stained glass windows above the altar are designed by Frederick Shields.The Murals in the Town Hall are by Ford Madox Brown. Some of the bronze reliefs including the one of Alcock and Brown are by John Cassidy.Other sculptures by John Cassidy include the statues of John and Henriquetta Rylands in the Rylands Library, the statue of King Edward V11 outside the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester's first non portrait outdoor sculpture, Adrift, in St Peter's Square and the bronze dolphin on top of the fountain in Albert Square.Sir Hubert Worthington restored part of Manchester Cathedral damaged by a bomb in WW2.The four ton concrete sculpture, Three Sheep, in Castlefield is the work of Ted Roocroft, Doves of Peace in Bridge Street is by Michael LyonsThe Stations of the Cross in St Mary's Catholic Church (the Hidden Gem) in Mulberry Street are by Norman Adams.The Crown of Thorns sculpture in the Parish Church of St. Cross with St. Paul in Clayton is by Ian Thompson. St. Mary's Hospital was designed by John Ely.The Palace Theatre was designed by Alfred Derbyshire. (The exterior was altered in the 1950s but the magnificent interior remains.)Away from the city centre -The First Church of Christ, Scientist at Fallowfield was designed by Edgar Wood. The Sephardic Synagogue in Cheetham Hill, now the Jewish Museum, was designed by Edward Salomons.
Guernica exhibited in Manchester
Council member Dave Edwards noticed an article in the Friends of the Tate magazine referring to Guernica being exhibited in Manchester in 1939. It seems the iconic work by Picasso was on view in January of that year in a car showroom on Victoria Street which runs in front of the Cathedral. A search in our archives may find evidence of any connection with the Academy or contemporary newspaper report Art experts are trying to discover more about this 'forgotten exhibition' and curators from the Tate are appealing for information in connection with a show at Tate Britain 'Picasso and Modern British Art' which runs from 15th February to 15th July. Anyone who has memories of the Manchester exhibition should contact curator Helen Little on 020 7887 4918.
Artist Resale Rights by Glenys Latham
Sculpture by Glenys Latham
Artist’s Resale Rights have been in place since 2006 paying royalties arising from the resale of visual artists work through auction houses, galleries and dealers. As from January 2012 our Resale Rights continue for up to 70 years from our death.
We are advised to include a bequest of our Resale Royalties and Copyright Royalties in our Last Will and Testament to ensure that they are not lost to our estate. We all know that our work is more valuable when we are dead rather than when we are alive so ensure that these royalties are not lost to your estate by registering for them and bequeathing them into your Will.
Not wishing to be morbid but being practical it can also be helpful to your executers and families to put in place a plan for the disposal of our creative output. I am sure none of us want to leave our loved ones with the problem of disposing of a studio full of “stuff”.To register and find out more about Resale Rights and Copyright Royalties contact DACS at www.dacs.org.uk
Resale Rights - Beneficiaries Sought by Glenys Latham
Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) are currently seeking help to identify and locate the beneficiaries of some 28 deceased artists among those listed is Charles Oppenheimer elected to MAFA membership in 1911 and President of the Academy 1948 - 1951. If you can provide information that may help to locate his beneficiaries please contact Janet Tod at DACS firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone number 020 7553 9055. This confirms the significance of registering with DACS and bequeathing our royalties and resale rights to those we leave behind or to a worthy cause like MAFA. Further on this cheerful note if you had artist within the family who has died within the last 70 years there could be royalties waiting to be claimed.
150th Anniversary Celebrations
Exhibition and Thanksgiving Service at Manchester Cathedral
This pinnacle 150th anniversary event was a combined Thanksgiving Service and Exhibition in Manchester Cathedral on Saturday 14th November. The Service was led by Canon Andrew Shanks and the readings, prayers and hymns were chosen and read by Members of the Academy. The Preview of the exhibition, which immediately followed the Service, was well attended by members of the congregation which included Michael Oglesby, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, who formally opened the exhibition. Also the Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Alison Firth; the Mayor of Salford Councillor Roger Lightup and his Mayoress, Mrs Valarie Fleet; the Mayor of Oldham Councillor Jim McArdle and the Oldham Youth Mayor Mohammad Adil and Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council. The exhibition ran until 28th November 2009.
Selected images from the Manchester Cathedral event.