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MAFA President John McCombs, who is a longstanding member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, has four works in the society's annual exhbition at the Mall Galleries in London.
John Sprakes, who is on the council of the ROI also has four paintings in the show, and fellow members of MAFA, Michael Ashcroft, Norman Long and Gerry Halpin have both had work accepted for this prestigious exhibition which was opened at a packed preview on December 9th by Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Congratulations to Gerry Halpin MBE, winner of the Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial at the ROI Exhibition in London. Please see below for more news from Gerry.
MAFA member Barbara Sykes is exhibiting at the Buxton Art Gallery. You can visit her solo show 'Heads and Tales' until 14th February 2015. Mafa meber Norman Long will be having a solo show at the Osborne Studio Gallery , Knightsbridge , London this coming April
News from 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.
Barbara Sykes Exhibiting at the Buxton Art Gallery
Two People by Barbara Sykes
MAFA member Barbara Sykes is exhibiting at the Buxton Art Gallery. You can visit her solo show 'Heads and Tales' until 14th February 2015. Barbar talks about her recent work:
The drawing Two People is from a body of work which include one, two or
three people in various situations.
The works are often based on certain narratives, but I also like the works
to be left open in so much as you can see some event that is happening, has
happened or is about to happen.My aim is to suggest but not dictate, leaving
an element of space for the onlooker to form a view. To find out more about Barbara and her work please visit her artist profile on this website or her own website www.barbarasykes.com
News from Glenys Latham
Glenys Latham's latest collaborative Artists Book has been accepted for an International Artists Book Exhibition at the Redland Museum in Cleveland, Queensland, Australia. Glenys' collaborator for this book is S.T Croft, her late sister Sylvia. The exhibition titled Personal Histories, opens on the 12th Oct. and runs to 30th Nov., seemed to be just the right context for "Who is Sylvia?" which is a collection of strict haiku poems written by Sylvia as dementia overcame her husband. The book, which is supported by the U.K. Alzheimer's Society is illustrated and illuminated with mixed media drawings by Sylvia and Glenys, and is being sold to raise funds for the Society's work. A YouTube video of Glenys made by Alzheimer's Society, explaining how the book came into being and her hopes for it can be found by following this link
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.
MAFA Awards 2014 News
MAFA President John McCombs talks about the MMU Student Awards
John McCombs with Roger Bygott
"The council, supported by the Trustees, proposed that the Dr Barbara Oldham Memorial Award of £1000 should be halved and that 5 £100 awards should be made to graduate students in the 5 main disciplines at the MMU School of Art.
I should like to thank MMU tutors Anthony Ratcliffe and John Hewitt for their invaluable help in shortlisting a number of students for the awards, and also David Edwards and Gerry Halpin for helping to select the winning students.
The presentations took place at the graduation display , and the students were thrilled to know that the award included the opportunity to exhibit with the Academy, free of charge, for the next 3 years."
Discover more about the MMU Degree Show at degreeshow.mmu.ac.uk
Discover more at degree courses at MMU at www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk
MMU Student Awards 2014
John McCombs with Daisy Strang
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 John Mc Combs 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 2014 MMU Graduate Awards are three additional awards which are personal donations from three of MAFA's Trustees who are eager to give encouragement to new graduates and stimulate interest in the Academy from emerging new talent. 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.
Daisy Strang Winner of the John White Small Print Award
Daisy Strang, Femininity
Congratulation to Daisy upon her award. Her delicate, narrative work won admirers with all the judges and it was with great delight that John White awarded her his Small Print Award .She has this to say:
I have just completed my final year at Manchester School of Art studying Illustration with Animation. My practice is mainly within printmaking, lithography and dry-point etching in particular. My recent work has been focused on forms of natural beauty and the idolisation of female figures. The work, which I was awarded for, is a series of eight etching and letterpress. If you are interested in my work, please visit www.daisystrang.com.
You will be able to see more of Daisys' work when she exhibits with us next year . In the meantime can we recommend you visit her website to discover more about Daisy and her work.
Naomi Litvack Winner of the MMU Student Award
I make paintings based on places I have been to or have seen in my mind's eye. I use references from found photographs, memories and feelings, and translate these into paintings which I hope lead the viewer to their own interpretation, causing them to muse on individual and collective feelings, thoughts and memories of places.
I am originally from Northern Ireland, now living and working in the North West. The M.A.F.A award has been an amazing gift, and a real honour. As an artist working in Manchester, who has been so influenced by the surroundings I now inhabit, it means a great deal for such a venerable Manchester institution to offer me such a great award with its attached opportunities. To find out more about Naomi please visit her website www.cargocollective.com/naomilitvack.
Niki Povey Winner of the MMU Student Award
Niki Povey Still Life Naturally No1
Having a great passion for all aspects of art and design has been restrictive at times. Often when asked what direction or path I'd like to specialise in, I am unable to provide a definitive answer as my art consists of many mediums.
Photography is a portal in which I am able to express my theories by exploiting these mediums I then translate through the lens. I am an artist who uses photography.
Flowers have featured heavily in my work this year. My foundation of study began with the very basics of art. Colour, light, texture, composition and theory. 17th century still life paintings enriched these elemental studies from which I established my Still Life. Naturally. Series. Works that question authenticity and the 'already seen'. I lead the observer away from the expectation of still life and encourage them to re-visit their perspective.
I am so surprised and extremely honoured to have been granted the M.A.F.A Graduate Award for my work. This has given me the fantastic opportunity to exhibit my work with the academy of which I aim to take full advantage of by using it as a platform for experience, identifying myself as an artist and raise interest in my craft. To find out more about Niki you can follow her on Twitter @milk_artist
Roger Bygott Winner of the Ian Thompson Award for Three Dimensional Art and Design
I am a Manchester based visual artist working in the field of installation and site specific response. I employ photography, found objects, ready-mades, and video in a material and conceptual exploration of ideas and sites. I also work in collaboration with dancers, video artists and sound artists. Recent work has included a collaborative dance/installation residency, Body Stories at Huddersfield Art Gallery. I am currently working in a nine-month residency at Federation House, as part of Castlefield Gallery New Arts Spaces, researching the properties and potentials of shredded paper. The work for which I was given the MAFA award was a ten-meter soft sculpture called ‘The Making of Him’. It is made from multiple photocopies of my old school reports, shredded and stuffed into a nylon netting tube.
I was surprised and delighted to receive the MAFA Ian Thompson Award for Three Dimensional Art & Design. It is both an affirmation of my work so far, and an encouragement to continue to develop further.
My ongoing work can be seen at www.rogerbygott.com
Bridget Collin Winner of the MMU Student Award
This was one of a series of three paintings of Manchester in response to a brief set by Manchester Central Library, one of which can be found in the exhibition space of the library. I often layer textures beneath the paint to create a touchable surface and add substance to the image; to convey the impulsive excitement of the city, I used fast and uncontrolled brush strokes. I have really tried to push the quality of my painting in the past couple of years so receiving the Fine Art Graduate Award has meant a lot to me, I look forward to getting more involved with the MAFA in the future. I am currently continuing painted work inspired by Manchester buildings, whilst working on a project that encourages me to go back to pen and ink line drawings.
For more information about Bridget and her work please visit her website www.bridgetcollin.co.uk
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."
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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 email@example.com 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.