June 2012 Newsletter

Current Exhibition

It's your last chance to see Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious, which closes on Sunday 17 June. The show explores how education has changed over time, through four interactive installations, which include a 1970s TV studio and Google Office.


Watch an interview with artist Olivia Plender


More information


From the shop:

The Masterpiece

A stirring comic by Olivia Plender, published together for the first time / Price £5


Olivia Plender, Words and Laws(Whose Shoulder to
Which Wheel?), 
installation view. Photograph Andy Keate.

Artist Olivia Plender

Free Artist Talk

Olivia Plender: In Conversation

Saturday 9 June / 3pm / Free


Explore the themes and ideas behind our current exhibition, as Olivia Plender returns to Milton Keynes on Saturday 9 June, to discuss her work with Robert Leckie, Exhibitions Curator at Gasworks.


Find out more / Book your free place

Pushwagner, Self-portrait.

Summer Party and Next Exhibition

Summer Party and Pushwagner Preview

27 June / 6 - 10pm / All welcome


An evening of free live music, events and barbeque.


The exhibition by Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner, includes the graphic novel Soft City, an epic satire of capitalism and life in the modern metropolis.


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Sarah Pucill, Blind Light.

Video Space

My Body Lying in the Heather

1 – 26 June 2012


Inheritance Projects have curated a series of films which focus on psychical experience, to coincide with the alignment of the sun along the Boulevard’s in Milton Keynes on Midsummer’s day. Films by artists including Lucy Reynolds, Duncan Marquiss and Sarah Pucill.


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Film still, The Dog and The Palace.

Scratch Nights

Highlights include: A film Screening of The Dog and The Palace by Gary Thomas with live score by local musicians; an open session for musicians and sound artists interested in improvisation; an evening of Super 8 and 16mm films to celebrate Summer Solstice; and a networking event for local artists.


Finally, on Sunday 17 June, Open File present a Symposium of performance works that take the form of spoken lecture or presentation.


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Every Thursday / 6.30pm / Free

Film still, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

Friday Night Films

Screenings this month include a double bill of A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love by influential Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski; Class Relations, an adaptation of Franz Kafka's unfinished novel Amerika; Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a one-of-a-kind mixture of the extraordinary and the everyday; and La Jetée, a 28-minute masterpiece told almost entirely in still frames.


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All screenings start at 6.30pm / £5, £3 concs.

Children and Families

Create fabric wall hangings, design your own Medieval mobile and join in with creative storytelling at Mini-Makers. Free, every Saturday from 1 - 3pm.


In Start the Art, for parents with toddlers, every Tuesday from 11am - 12noonyou can make a gift for Father’s Day, design a sun catcher to coincide with Summer Solstice and explore the world of sound.


See full listing of events / All events are free, simply turn up and join in!

June Half Term

Expedition to the exhibition

Weds 6 & Thurs 7 June / 10am-12noon / Ages 4+

Investigate weird and wonderful objects from London’s Great Exhibition of 1851, with fictional characters Alexandra and Margaret.


During the workshop you’ll see how a Victorian magic lantern works, create your own lantern slide and optical toy.


Find out more / Book your free place

Project Space Exhibition

The Movement of the Senses

1 – 24 June 2012


Earlier this year, pupils aged 5-6 years from Long Meadow School in Milton Keynes visited MK Gallery for a tour of Daria Martin’s exhibition Sensorium Tests, which presented a selection of 16mm films.


Working alongside ceramic artist Jonathan Middlemiss, pupils have created beautiful 3D ceramic artwork which responds to the themes in the exhibition.

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Light Pyramid in Campbell Park

New Public Artwork for Milton Keynes

Work is nearly complete on Light Pyramid, a striking new public artwork in Campbell Park by Liliane Lijn, that by day appears as a six metre high pyramidal sculpture, but at night is capable of radiating light to serve as a unique contemporary beacon for Milton Keynes.


See the sculpture illuminated for the first time at the official unveiling on 4 June from 10pm at Campbell Park. All welcome.


This work is Lijn’s second public art commission for the city; the first, Circle of Light (1979), is a kinetic light sculpture located in thecentre:mk.


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New Sound Installation

Artist Caroline Devine, who exhibited at MK Gallery last year as part of New Art MK, has created a new sound installation 5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun.


Sited within a dome in Milton Keynes Theatre District, the work is an outdoor multi-channel sound installation that explores naturally occurring radio signals and the acoustic and electromagnetic energy of the sun.


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Gareth Jones, Untitled Structure, 2003.

Gareth Jones launches exhibition

Past MK Gallery exhibitor, Gareth Jones, has just launched his latest exhibition at Raven Row Gallery in London.


Jones is showing a diverse series of works spanning a 25-year period, alluding to spatial relationships within the modern city and its interiors.


The exhibition runs at Raven Row from 24 May to 15 July 2012.


Read more / Explore past exhibition at MK Gallery

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