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Helmut Jacoby, Milton Keynes City Centre, Completion 1990 (1974)

Helmut Jacoby, Milton Keynes City Centre, Completion 1990 (1974)

Helmut Jacoby, Milton Keynes City Centre, Completion 1990 (1974)

Young Artist of the Year


MK Gallery’s Learning Team would like to celebrate the exciting stage of the gallery’s development by bringing together the work and creative talents from children and young people across Milton Keynes. MK Gallery Young Artist of the Year is an exciting competition providing students with the opportunity to develop new work or showcase an existing piece. Prizes will be awarded in four age categories (4 to 6 years, 7 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years and 15 to 19 years). The winners plus a selection of entries will be invited to display their work in a Project Space exhibition. 



Entrants are invited to respond creatively to the overarching theme of the project: City Club, part of MK Gallery’s exciting site redevelopment. City Club was the name originally given to a national leisure complex planned for Central Milton Keynes in the 1970s. It was conceived as a novel combination of physical recreation and entertainment as part of the city’s original master plan but was never realised. MK Gallery’s City Club is now the work of two artists, Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, who have a shared interest in public space, modernism and the social meaning of design. They propose to take the ideals represented by the original un-built scheme as their starting point for looking at the role of the expanded MK Gallery in the life of the city. City Club is a proposal to activate public spaces around the gallery, considering aspects of the urban realm within Central Milton Keynes while working with the existing design of the city. City Club will encompass three main structuring elements: a garden, piazza and playground and will offer a space for everyone; a place where a child, a family, an art student and a visitor will all feel equally acknowledged.



MK Gallery’s Learning Team are also offering a range of talks and workshops to support schools and their students, including a free Teachers’ Session exploring the inspiration behind the designs and explore further the key themes that provide the framework for City Club including urban design, place-making, and playful engagement with architecture.



A pack, containing further information including guidelines on competition entry is available to download here.

Entrants must be aged 4-19 years old on 31 July 2015.





Deadline for schools to register: Friday 24 April


Deadline for submission of entries (digital format): Friday 5 June


Exhibition preview: Thursday 2 July


Exhibition open to the public: Friday 3 – Sunday 26 July