August 2017 Newsletter

City Club

City Club is an exciting programme celebrating the city's 50th anniversary.


For City Club, Freee artist collective and Modern Architect designed Citizen Ship, a travelling 'kiosk' to engage audiences and communities across Milton Keynes. Last month, Citizen Ship travelled to the centre:mk, Art in the Park, Milton Keynes Arts Centre and MK Gallery.


Citizen Ship will return to Margaret Powell Square in October. Find out more at www.cityclubmk.org


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Citizen Ship, Freee and Modern Architect, 2017

View photos of Citizen Ship at Art in the Park here

Image: Townley and Bradby

Project Space

A Game Played in the Gallery Over Two Days

An exhibition by the Townley and Bradby family

3 - 26 August 2017 / Admission free


This month, MK Gallery’s Project Space plays host to A Game Played in the Gallery Over Two Days, an exhibition made by children using objects gathered by adults.


The exhibition will explore children’s play through an improvised ‘game’ played by the Townley and Bradby family. Made in collaboration with Georgie Manly and Sarah Wright.


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Zaïmph. Photo: Dan Cohoon

Events - Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / Times and prices vary


3 August / Zaïmph, Caleb Madden with Yumino Seki and Bad Body Live music from underground noise artists. Yumino Seki will lead a Butoh dance workshop from 4-6pm. 


10 August / John Grindrod: Outskirts In this richly illustrated talk, John Grindrod will explore the secret history of the green belt.


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


24 August / Art as Advocacy: A Model of Inclusive Curatorship Jade French talks through her PhD titled Art as Advocacy. 


31 August / Spoken Word Open Mic An opportunity for all writers and poets to present work in front of a supportive audience.


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I Am Not Your Negro film still

Events - Friday Night Films

Films begin at 7.30pm / £6 (£4 Concessions)

Book online or by calling 01908 676 900 


4 August / Letter to Brezhnev A romantic comedy with a heart of gold but also passionate political force.


11 August / Elle A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.


18 August / The Sense of an Ending A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy.


25 August / I Am Not Your Negro Whilst it is partly anchored in the struggle for equality in the 50s and 60s, I Am Not Your Negro is about what it means to be black in America today. 


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Jennifer Reid

Events - Talks & Workshops

Gongoozler residency workshop with Jennifer Reid

Monday 7 August / 11am or 2pm / Free


Find out about old songs and traditional folk music, then have a go at writing one yourself. Jennifer Reid has studied Industrial Revolution broadside ballads and has been on the canal in Campbell Park gathering memories from local people to create a songbook for MK50.


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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


Explore how children use everyday objects found in the home in playful and transformative ways – imagine crazy sculptures made from kitchen utensils, a drum kit made from pots and pans or perhaps a secret den built from bed sheets! 


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Saturday Studio

Children and Families

Saturday Studio

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


Work together as a family to explore, question and create in these weekly artist-led sessions.  


5 August / Dress up!

12 August / Respond to the colour yellow in fun ways

19 August / Be inspired by outdoor games and chants

26 August / Explore the playful use of familiar objects


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A past family workshop

Children and Families

Summer Holiday Activity: Playtime

Friday 18 August / 12noon - 3pm / Drop-in / £1 per person on the door

For ages 5+ and their families

Explore the senses in unusual and playful ways. Taking inspiration from the Project Space exhibition, A Game Played In The Gallery Over Two Days, we’ll have a range of materials to help you investigate the themes presented in the exhibition.


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Show your support for the MK Gallery expansion

We need your help to raise the final £600,000 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.


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Rose Finn-Kelcey, The Restless Image: a discrepancy between the seen position and the felt position, 1975

Rose Finn-Kelcey exhibition at Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford presents Life, Belief and Beyond (until 15 October 2017), the first posthumous exhibition of works by the highly acclaimed and influential artist Rose Finn-Kelcey (1945–2014). Life, Belief and Beyond focuses on Finn-Kelcey’s explorations of power, performance, political commentary, and perceptions of the self, belief and spirituality.


Finn-Kelcey exhibited at MK Gallery from December 2006 to January 2007. Find out more with our online exhibitions archive


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