August 2012 Newsletter

Current Exhibition

Pushwagner: Soft City

Until 2 September


Drawings, paintings and prints made over the last forty years, by visionary Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner.


"Totally recommend the Pushwagner exhibition at MK Gallery. Madness and Genius par excellence".


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Pushwagner, Klaxton. Pushwagner Collection. Image courtesy the artist.

Running by Inghild Karlsen

Video Space

Norwegian Artists’ Films, 1960-1990 

1 - 31 August / Free


Atopiaan artist initiative dedicated to the development of experimental film and videohave curated a selection of historical Norwegian artist films, produced between 1960 and 1980, offering an insight into the Norwegian art scene at the time Pushwagner was creating his seminal works.


Artists include: Erik Borge, Inghild Karlsen and Marianne Heske.


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Saliha Elhoussaini, Infinity.

Project Space Exhibition

Showcase 2012


A series of eight, week-long exhibitions in MK Gallery Project Space during August and September, presenting work by students and fine art graduates from The University of Northampton, Bucks New University, The University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes College.

Join us this Thursday from 6.30pm for the preview of our first exhibition by artist Saliha Elhoussaini.


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Paul Gravett talks on 8 Aug

Wednesday Workshops

Taking inspiration from Pushwagner's work, Animation and Comic Book workshops continue during August, plus a talk about Graphic Novels on 8 August by writer, curator and broadcaster Paul Gravett.


Bookings on 01908 676 900 or email info@mkgallery.org


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Christian Blom

Thursday Scratch Nights

Highlights this month include a screening of Alfred Jarry Superfreak, an animated short scripted by acclaimed Norwegian writer Axel Jensen, an evening of film and video curated by Norwegian artist Pernille Leggat Ramfelt, improvised jazz music by Norwegian guitarist Kim Myhr and live music from Jana Winderen + Mark Peter Wright.

We’ll also be live streaming Christian Blom's music event this Thursday, whose practice includes kinetic sculpture, performance art and musical composition.


See full listing of events / Every Thursday, 7pm, free

Film Still, Videodrome

Friday Night Films

Sci-fi screenings continues this month with A Scanner Darkly, a visually riveting mind-bender inspired by drug-induced experiences, Brazil, offering a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future, Videodrome, in which a sleazy cable-TV programmer sees his life spin out of control and Alphaville, a dazzling amalgam of film noir and science fiction.


The month rounds off with a documentary screening about current exhibitor Pushwagner, offering a personal portrait of a small man with a great personality.


See full listing of events / Every Friday, 6.30pm, £5 (£3 concs)

Nils Økland

Saturday Live Music

A new Live Music programme at MK Gallery

Saturdays at 7pm / Free


Sat 4 August: Felix and Benoit Pioulard

Calming chamber pop and ambient music


Sat 25 August: Improv Night
Open session for musicians interested in exploring improvisation


Sat 1 September: Nils Okland + support from Trestle

Traditional Nordic music from innovative violinist and Hardanger fiddle specialist Nils Okland

Pushwagner, Soft City

Children and Families

This month in Mini Makers, create a 3-D cityscape out of cardboard and comics; cut, stick and paint a big face, inspired by MK gallery’s façade; make pocket puppets and construct a paper scene inspired by Pushwagner's work. Free, every Saturday from 1 - 3pm, ages 4+.


In Start the Art, for parents with toddlers, use bold and bright colours to make a piece of Pop Art; create your own comic strip; help to build an amazing 3-D cityscape and have a go at printmaking. Free, every Tuesday from 11am - 12noon.


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A family workshop

Summer Holiday Workshops

Free / Every Friday

3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August

Drop-in 10am - 4pm ages 4 +


A chance to meet a fascinating artist every Friday, learn about their work and join in to create a collaborative, temporary artwork. The results might be a large-scale drawing, a light installation using origami or a sculpture that climbs up the walls.


These workshops can count towards Discover, a new arts award for ages 7+. For further information contact vmayes@mkgallery.org


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Eggs, 1976, Polacolor print.

Next Exhibition

James Welling
15 September – 25 November 2012

American artist James Welling (b.1951) is part of the 'pictures generation', famous for a new use of photography, pioneered in New York in the 1980s. The exhibition charts the development of his abstract language, for example using aluminium foil and drapery, to experiment with photographic effects.

Pushwagner Catalogue

Special Offer for Newsletter Subscribers

Enjoy £5 off the price of the publication which accompanies the current exhibition, Pushwagner: Soft City, making it £30 £35. Simply quote PW Newsletter Subscriber at the shop to redeem this offer.


This compelling 300 page hardcover book, with texts by Lars Bang Larsen, Martin Herbert and Will Bradley, features all of Pushwagner’s key works, including the graphic novel Soft City, arguably his defining creation.


Find out more (offer only available onsite)

Free Prize Draw

Enter our Prize Draw to win a pair of tickets to Edvard Munch at Tate (adult ticket price  £14 each), plus a Pushwagner catalogue (worth £35) by completing a gallery survey when you visit MK Gallery's Pushwagner exhibition.


The winner will be notified after the Draw is made on 3 September 2012.


Pushwagner, Almost There.

MK Summer of Culture Survey

Milton Keynes‘ Summer of Culture taking place between May and September this year embraces a wide range of arts and heritage events, many of which are free.  This includes MK Gallery's current Pushwagner exhibition and related Season of Events.  

To assist the Summer of Culture organisers evaluate this initiative and plan for similar, future events, please complete their short, online survey.


Summer of Culture / Complete the Survey


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