Avant Gardening artist Polly Brannan in Residence
Friday 5 - Sunday 28 October
Artist Polly Brannan, of London based Artist Collective Avant Gardening, will be resident in the Project Space at MK Gallery throughout October, developing an on-going research and action based project. Using the Project Space as base camp, Polly will be working offsite for the majority of her time leading up to a programme of screenings, live- events, workshops, walks and explorations. She will also be working towards a series of events offsite exploring both the urban and more rural surroundings of Milton Keynes.
The project aims to meet and understand the local community surrounding the gallery, exploring the way in which we understand the city through navigation and pathways – is it possible to re-think routes in order to re-connect and understand local communities and neighbourhoods? Can we build a programme which exercises and uses green spaces which surround the city?
Polly is interested in how the importance of play, navigation, green spaces, imagination and exploring helps us to build a greater understanding of where we live and a stronger connection between communities and the city. The project looks to begin a dialogue and archive of who lives in various neighbourhoods surrounding the gallery in a hope to equally understand the people who make up these communities, what are their stories, experiences, visions and proposals for the city in which they live? Polly will be self-publishing a series of fanzines as well as body of research and proposals for a longer-term project at a future point.
This project is being carried out in partnership with Dr Helen Lomax, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the Open University.
Find out more about the Open University’s 'Communities in Transition' project.