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Artist: whatsthebigmistry, March O

Artist: whatsthebigmistry, March O', TFE Bristol

Photographer: Graham Shackleton

Artist: whatsthebigmistry, March O', TFE Bristol

Photographer: Graham Shackleton

Mapping the "Right to the (New) City"

3 - 25 March 2017 / Admission free

Preview: Thursday 2 March / 6-8pm / All welcome


Young people will come. And old. And people in between. People who are fit and strong, and others who aren’t. People with money and people without… to make a city come to life. With your individual ideas and hopes and energies.” (Milton Keynes: Your City, MK Development Corporation, May 1972)


March’s City Club related exhibition includes archival documents of Milton Keynes Urban Studies Centre and the Greentown Group from the early 1980s. The display will provide stimulus for  commissioned works by Associate Artist whatsthebigmistry and digital studio Virtual Viewing in dialogue with Age UK Milton Keynes and MK Youth Faculty. 


It was the founding vision of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation (1967 – 1992) that residents would actively lead on the design of their neighbourhoods. This was evidenced through its support of the Milton Keynes Urban Studies Centre that employed artist Ash Brown to illustrate trails highlighting heritage architecture, community facility and natural environment within the city grid system. The corporation also considered a proposal by the Greentown Group, for an eco-community at Crownhill. Developed in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Association’s 1979 prospectus, the proposal for “a third garden city” in Milton Keynes was never realised.


These original plans will be considered as part of City Lab for artists, designers and communities to collaborate on mapping the urban environment.


MK Gallery Associate Artist, whatsthebigmistry, will meet older and younger residents to capture their divergent views of the changing urban environment. The artist will take her Wheelie Mobilie, a contraption for meeting people, exploring places and evoking conversations, on short perambulations of Central Milton Keynes, towards the development of a socially engaged artwork.


In addition, CGI studio, Virtual Viewing, will consult with residents on the creation of an Age Friendly map and digital application. Organised by Age UK Milton Keynes, with the support of Our MK, the collaborations form part of the “Smart City” initiative that uses digital technologies to transform and sustain communities.  


This exhibition puts forward the proposition that City Club will provide a place for people, younger and older, to exercise their 'Right to the (New) City', the title of the MK Gallery symposium held at The Buszy in the summer of 2016



City Club