July 2016 Newsletter

MK Gallery is Expanding

Stay up-to-date with the latest news on the major renovation and expansion of the Gallery with our expansion blog


Aged 4 to 19? MK Young Filmmaker of the Year 2016 is now open for entries. Find out more about this exciting competition here


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MK Gallery expansion: internal view of auditorium

Courtesy 6a architects

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

Last Chance to Apply - Call to Artists

There's only a few days left to submit proposals for a new piece of public artwork for Milton Keynes as a key element of City Club


Bletchley Park, in collaboration with Milton Keynes' arts and heritage organisations and The Open University, invite submissions which use some aspect of digital technology as means of creation and/or distribution and should take inspiration from the people, places and histories of Milton Keynes and the themes and concepts of City Club. The closing date is 8 July 2016.


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Flexer & Sandiland: 

Weighting (2015)

Project Space

MÓTUS 2016 presents Flexer and Sandiland - Weighting

Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 July / Free


In his new installation, digital artist Nic Sandiland attempts to realise the impossible, yet at the same time suggest that the intangible and representational have direct repercussions in our physical world. 


On Saturday 9 July, MÓTUS take over the Events Space for their first ever club night, Club B-boy, from 9pm. Tickets cost £5. 


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Milton Keynes Development Corporation logo

Events - Talks & Workshops

The Right to the (New) City: Art, New Towns and The Commons 

Wednesday 6 July / 10am - 6pm


This symposium gathers artists, curators, academics and community arts organisations together to discuss new towns.

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The Artists Cinema 2016

Events - Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free


7 July / Improv Night An open session for musicians, sound artists and non-musicians interested in exploring improvisation.


28 July / The Artists Cinema 2016 A unique project which brings leading visual artists' work into cinemas in a subversive and playful way.


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Events - Friday Night Films

Films begin at 7.30pm / £5 (£3 Concessions)

Book online or by calling 01908 676 900


8 July / Dheepan This gripping tale of survival won the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.


15 July / 48 Hour Superhero Film Challenge: Launch Write, direct and edit a short superhero movie in just 48 hours.


22 July / 48 Hour Superhero Film Challenge: Screening and Awards Ceremony A chance to see the shortlisted films produced.


29 July / Weiner A painfully funny documentary about Anthony Weiner's catastrophic race for Mayor of New York City in 2013.


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Events - MK Festival Fringe

A vibrant and engaging, fringe arts festival in Milton Keynes from

13 - 23 July. 


13 July / Zines in the Suburbs Expo / 10am-4pm / Free / A library of zines to explore in the Project Space. 


13, 14 & 15 July / Trailer Trash / 8pm / £12 / A drama which deals sensitively with transgender issues.

17 July / Milkshake! by Seska! / 4.30pm / £5 / Live family comedy. Nominated Best Family Show at 2015 Brighton Fringe.


20 July / Gagarin: First in Space / 7.30pm / £5 / A screening of one of the most adventurous stories of the 20th century.


23 July / Summer Shorts / 7pm / £3 / Short films made by local filmmakers.


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Miguel Chevalier

Events - IF : Milton Keynes International Festival

Festival of international theatre, music, comedy, installations and events in Milton Keynes from 15 - 24 July. 


8 July / Storymaking Workshop with Documentally / 11am / Free / A chance for you to update and sharpen your digital storymaking skills.


16 July / Miguel Chevalier & Ray Lee: In Conversation / 11am / Free / Miguel Chevalier will contextualise the new commission Magic Carpets 2016, installed in centre:mk.

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Start the Art

Children and Families

Start the Art

Every Tuesday and Wednesday / 11am - 12 noon / £1 on the door

For accompanied children aged under 5


5 & 6 July / Creative activities inspired by hopscotch

12 & 13 July / Create a miniature climbing frame

19 & 20 July / Make wonderfully wacky collages

26 & 27 July / Explore movement through mark making


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Saturday Studio

Children and Families

Saturday Studio

Every Saturday / 1-3pm / 5+ year olds / £1 on the door   


Artist-led activity through which we invite you to join in, explore, question and create whilst working together as a family. 


9 July / Explore expressive drawing techniques

16 July / Create artworks that you can play!

23 July / Make a mini jungle

30 July / Create a playground den


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Arts Award at MK Gallery

Children and Families

Arts Award Sharing Session

Saturday 9 July / 12-1pm / Free / For pre-registered children only


All Arts Award participants registered with our summer group are invited to come along and share their arts experiences together. 


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A past family workshop

Children and Families

Collaborate Family Workshops

Friday 29 July / 10am-12noon or 2-4pm / £2pp

For children aged 7+ and their families 


Create a large scale animal artwork with visual artist James Aldridge. Come dressed for mess!


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Show your support for the MK Gallery expansion

We need your help to raise the final £700,000 to deliver a new, world-class cultural facility in Milton Keynes.    


Make Your Mark is a digital book ready and waiting for contributions from all those who value excellence in the arts. Share your creativity and enthusiasm for MK Gallery whilst helping us reach our fundraising total. Find out more


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