Michael Ashcroft (1969 - ) paints landscapes and cityscapes of the North West which capture light and dark in its purest form. A member of MAFA, he has exhibited widely including Mall Galleries London, The Royal Academy and The Whitaker in Southport. 


Frank Bradley (1903 - 1995) was a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy who studied under Forbes in St Ives in the 1920s. He showed with The United Society of Artist and exhibited at Victoria and Albert Museum and Manchester City Art Gallery. He had a solo show at Salford Art Gallery in 1958  and exhibited with the Lancashire and Cheshire Artists. 


Russell Howarth (1927 - ) was born in Oldham, Lancashire. He paints in oil using subdued, earthy tones that beautifully depict scenes from around the Pennines, and his hometown of Saddleworth. He has exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists and his solo shows include at the Royal Northern College of Music and Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester.


Ned Owens (1918 - 1990) attended his local art school in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the 1930’s and attained a scholarship to study art at Durham. With his first wife, Margo Ingham, he owned and launched the Mid-Day studios in autumn 1946: a ‘Salon des Refuses’ opposite the Manchester City Art Gallery, which was known as a hub of the Manchester art scene of the late 1940’s. Owens received high critical acclaim and was described, along with Theodore Major as ‘Manchester’s new star proteges’. His work in public collections can be viewed at https://artuk.org/discover/artists/owens-ned-19181990


Tadeusz Was (Waszewski) (1912-2005) was born in Zerow, Southeast Poland in 1912. He studied at the Polish Institute of Fine Art, Krakow for 5 years and after graduation was conscripted into the Polish Army. He served in Italy until the end of the war then studied painting in Rome where he won the Silver Medal at the 1946 International Art Show. When he was demobbed from the Polish Army he was sent to a DPP Camp near Nantwich, Cheshire and became an active artist and art teacher in The North West of England. 


Hal Yates (1907 - 1979) was born in Manchester. A wealthy seed merchant who studied at Acomb Street classes run by MAFA, he became an important member of The Manchester Group. He's known for his watercolour landscapes.