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Current Vacancies



Artist Residency: Playing Out 

Call for Play-based Arts Practitioner

Exciting opportunity for an early or mid-career artist. The MK Gallery Learning Team seeks a participatory artist to work in partnership with lead artists Townley and Bradby to support the development and delivery of Playing Out, a programme supported by Ambition for Excellence funding from Arts Council England. Playing Out will offer inspiring and experimental opportunities to combine play-based learning with contemporary arts practice within the Milton Keynes built environment and urban outdoor sites. The programme will be realised via offsite activity based in local estates surrounding MK Gallery and include sessions for schools, families and communities delivered as part of a two year residency project. The selected participatory artist will be invited to support the development and delivery of this ambitious project in close dialogue with lead artists and the MK Gallery Learning Team to offer progressive learning opportunities that bring audiences closer to understanding, and contributing to, the artistic process and in turn exploring the possibilities of their city surroundings.  

The successful artist will be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for play and arts based learning and have the ability to draw upon a wide selection of ideas and skills in order to initiate exciting creative learning experiences, working with contemporary arts practice within community and outdoor contexts. The project will be delivered in two phases across 2017 and 2018. Applicants should ensure they are able to commit to the two years and all current key dates.

Artists' Fee £5,000 


The project fee for year one is £5,000 based on an estimated 25 days


Download an application pack: PDF / Word

The closing date for receipt of applications is:

10am on Monday 7 November 2016.



Associate Artists


An exciting opportunity for artists working with a participatory practice.


MK Gallery is currently recruiting for a team of Associate Artists to work with learning staff over the coming two years. The team, re-recruited on a bi-annual basis will support, and deliver, elements of the programme which connect with, and expand upon, themes from City Club - MK Gallery’s site redevelopment. Please take the time to carefully read the application pack considering whether the opportunity complements and expands your current practice, along with your ability to support the programme.  


Download an application pack: PDF / Word

The closing date for receipt of applications is:

10am on Monday 24 October 2016.



MK50: New Town, Tomorrow’s City

MK Gallery Project Space call for exhibitions

In 2017 Milton Keynes will be 50 years old and as a result we are looking to celebrate the past, present and future of the city. MK Council are co-ordinating a year-long programme of activities to mark Milton Keynes and its pioneers, creating shared memories and connecting with its design, architecture, green spaces, industry, culture and people. For 2017 MK Gallery is working with the MK50 team to exhibit three MK50 specific month-long exhibitions as part of a year-long Project Space Programme.

From January 2017 MK Gallery’s Project Space will present a series of twelve monthly exhibitions of contemporary visual art created by individuals and groups based in Milton Keynes. Facilitated by MK Gallery’s Learning Team, the purpose of the programme is to encourage collaborations between educators, artists, groups and local communities. Three open exhibition slots are programmed to mark the MK50 celebrations. These fall in January, June and November 2017. MK Gallery’s Learning Team invites proposals for exhibitions of new or existing work that connects with the themes of both MK50 and City Club - MK Gallery’s site redevelopment.


Download an application pack: PDF / Word

Closing dates for proposals:

10am on Monday 31 October 2016 for exhibitions for January 2017

10am on Monday 5 December 2016 for exhibitions for June 2017

10am on Monday 6 February 2017 for exhibitions for November 2017


For further information contact or telephone 01908 676 900.


Find out more about our Project Space programme HERE



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