June 2015 Newsletter

Final Weeks

Ellen Altfest

Until 21 June 2015 


MK Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery of oil paintings by

Ellen Altfest (born New York City, 1970).  


The exhibition spans 15 years, including early paintings and recent work. 


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Exhibition guide

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Enter the free prize draw


Ellen Altfest: The Hand (detail), 2011. © Ellen Altfest / White Cube

MK Calling preview, 2013

Next Exhibition and Summer Party

MK Calling 2015

3 July - 6 September 2015

Preview: Thursday 2 July / 6-10pm / Free / All welcome


MK Calling 2015 is the Gallery’s summer programme, featuring over 60 artists, musicians and performers from Milton Keynes. This dynamic season of painting, video, music and much more will showcase MK’s finest emerging and established talent.


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Buckminster Fuller

Video Space

The World of Buckminster Fuller (1974)

1 - 30 June 2015


A documentary about R. Buckminster Fuller, an architect, engineer, geometrician, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the famous geodesic dome, and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time.


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Pupils creating work

Project Space


5 - 28 June

Preview: Thursday 4 June 2015 / 5pm


To mark the WW1 Centenary, MK Gallery has been working with four local secondary schools. Students have explored the theme of military conflict, culminating in this exhibition of varied and original work, which includes sculpture, painting, photography and film.


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Microtopia (film still)

Events - Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free


4 June / Microtopia A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design.


11 June / Artists Moving Image Programme: Breaking Joints A screening of works which explore animation and hyper-real narratives. 


18 June / Acoustic Music Night An evening of live music from a selection of Milton Keynes based musicians. 


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


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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (film still)

Events - Friday Night Film

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

Book online or by calling 01908 676 900


5 June / Lilting The story of a mother’s attempt at understanding who her son is after his untimely death. 


12 June / Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Kumiko is a frustrated office worker whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life.


19 June / Entertainment on the Home Front / Free / Includes a screening of Judith of Bethulia (1914) accompanied by a live piano score, and a theatre performance in Margaret Powell Square. 


26 June / Lambert & Stamp Two aspiring New Wave film directors formed an unlikely partnership that led them to discover The Who. 


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Photo: Derek Wales

Children and Families

Start the Art

Every Tuesday / 11am - 12 noon / Free / For under 5s 


Start the Art goes back to basics with a month of workshops focusing on key elements of child creativity. 


2 June / Explore lines

9 June / Make something colourful

16 June / Work with paint

23 June / Build with cardboard boxes

30 June / Use light and shadow


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Mini Makers

Children and Families

Mini Makers

Every Saturday / 1 - 3pm / Free / 5+ year olds


A month of diverse, creative, artist-led workshops responding to MK Gallery's exciting site redevelopment. 


6 June / Secret Gardens and Magical Parks with Aaron Head

13 June / City Skylines with The Drawing Machine

20 June / Dream City with Thom Rees

27 June / Create your own Cardboard City with Sophie Bennett


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Cadences preview

Help make art happen

MK Gallery relies on your donations to continue to deliver world-class exhibitions, events and amazing learning experiences. Please make a difference by making a donation today via Local Giving or by making a text donation. Please text   MKGA17 £   followed by the amount of your donation to 70070. You can text donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. Thank you.

Milton Keynes Shopping Centre (1979). Image: AJ Buildings Library

Derek Walker (1929-2015)

MK Gallery is saddened by the recent death of the visionary architect and mastermind behind Milton Keynes, Derek Walker, aged 85.


Derek was Chief Architect and Planning Officer for Milton Keynes (1970-1976). Appointed in his early 40s, he assembled a formidable team of 200, including some of the finest young architects, designers and thinkers of the period. He was an inspirational figure, who headed the architecture department at the Royal College of Art during the 1980s, and has had, and will continue to exert, a huge influence on countless generations of architects and planners. 


Read The Guardian obituary here


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