HISTORY


MASA Artists Studios was formed in 1982 by a group of graduates from Manchester Polytechnic (MMU). They rented a floor in Stonebridge House on Granby Row which they converted into artist studio spaces. MASA then moved to nearby Hanover Mill and now occupy the top floor of Ferguson House.

Past members include:
Stephen Bewley, John Carroll, Ben Cook, Rick Copsey, Paul Cordwell, Debbie Goldsmith, Charlotte Hodge Thomas, Anthony Hudson, Julie Lang, Kwong Lee, Bill Longshaw, Hannah Lovett, David Mackintosh, Sharleen Marius, Fiona Moate, Felicity Shillingford, Rebecca Sitar, Liam Spencer, Lyndsey Winnington...

HOW SOON WAS NOW  (download PDF)
Published in 2007, How Soon Was Now documents the 25 year history of Manchester Artists Studio Association, showcasing some of the 70 artists who have been part of this group, and placing MASA in the wider context of the studio scene of Manchester and Salford. MASA as an organisation has been built upon a generation of artists contributing their energy and talent to the vibrant visual arts scene in the North West. This publication is a celebration of the people who are the driving force behind MASA’s 25 years of creative development and those who promise to ensure that this continues for another 25.

How Soon Was Now: MASA 25
Castlefield Gallery Publications 2007
Edited by John Rimmer and Rebecca Sitar.
Essays by Liam Spencer, Rick Copsey, Mike Butler, Jude Macpherson.
Graphic Design, Typesetting: Alan Ward, Axis Graphic Design.
Distributed by Cornerhouse Publications 7
ISBN 978-0-9521780-3-3