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City Club Presentation - Gareth Jones and Nils Norman

Andrew Mahaddie: Theme Park, Bletchley Brick Pits Area, MKDC, 1974

Andrew Mahaddie: Theme Park, Bletchley Brick Pits Area, MKDC, 1974

Andrew Mahaddie: Theme Park, Bletchley Brick Pits Area, MKDC, 1974

City Club Presentation - Gareth Jones and Nils Norman

Thursday 17 September 2015 / 7pm / Free


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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.



Gareth Jones (born 1965) is an artist who grew up in Milton Keynes. He studied Fine Art at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic and lives in London. His work spans drawing, sculpture, installation, exhibition making and printed matter. In 2003, he organised the exhibition Helmut Jacoby: Milton Keynes Drawings, which looked at the politics of public space through the prism of the hand-drawn visualisations of the unbuilt city, and in 2011 he staged a solo exhibition at MK Gallery that explored how identity is constructed through architecture, advertising and art. These themes will be developed in his forthcoming book about the city for Four Corners Books.


Nils Norman (born 1966) is an artist living in London. He works across the disciplines of public art, architecture and urban planning. Norman’s work merges utopian alternatives with current urban design to create a humorous critique of the discrete histories and functions of public art and urban planning. He has completed major public art projects, including a pedestrian bridge, bird screens, playgrounds and a landscaping project for the City of Roskilde, Denmark. He has exhibited at Tate Modern and Britain, completed commissions for London Underground, Bristol City Council, and is lead artist for a large infrastructural project in Cambridge.



Gareth Jones and Nils Norman have received support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Arts Council England


September 2015


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