October 2013 Newsletter

New exhibition

Peter Dreher
20 September - 24 November 2013


We present the first UK public exhibition by German artist Peter Dreher (b.1932), renowned for his series of over 5,000 paintings of the same, empty glass, produced almost daily for the last 40 years.


Special Event
On 18 October members of English National Ballet will make a short dance response to Peter Dreher’s work.


Exhibition details ENB event / Visual Access Tour


Peter Dreher, Every Day is a Good Day (#2134) since 1974, Oil on Canvas, 25x20cm (detail).


Project Space Exhibition

This is (my) Freedom

Friday 4 October – Sunday 3 November

Coinciding with Black History Month, Yaw Asiyama presents an installation about individual freedom through conversations in art expressed via painting, poetry, photography, fashion, music, short stories drama and dance.  The exhibition includes contributions from students to established professional artists, and will continue online after 3 November.


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Gary Hill, Still from Window (1980) 

Video Space Programme

Still Life in Artist Films

1 - 31 October 


Using Peter Dreher's work as point of departure, this month we screen a selection of historical and contemporary artist films on the theme of still life, varying from the straightforward documentary to heavily manipulated styles.  Artists include: Gary Hill, Peter Gidal, Jack Goldstein and Sam Taylor Wood.


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8 October: Mechanical Drawing

Tuesday Start the Art

Every Tuesday / Drop-in 11am - 12 noon / Free

Suitable for Under 4s


1 Oct /    Drawing inspired by the Milton Keynes grid map

8 Oct /    Mechanical drawing and experimental mark making

15 Oct /  Art in the Dark – Experimental Drawing

22 Oct /  Drawing in Space with Parlor  Dance

29 Oct /  The Power of Print


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Mumpreneurs Launch invite

Wednesday Workshops

Mumpreneures MK: Launch Party
Presented by The Real Mum’s Pulpit
Wednesday 2 October / 6.30-7.30pm / MK Gallery’s Events Space 


This event launches what will become a regular monthly event, providing a social, relaxed and informal environment for ‘mums in business’ to come together, share tips, ideas, successes and challenges. Pre-booking essential via The Real Mum’s Pulpit Event Brite page.


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Edwin Burdis, The Fruit Machine


Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free


3 Oct / MK Makerspace A hackspace creative networking session for ideas, tools and skills exchange.


10 Oct / Pecha Kucha Night in association with NN (Contemporary Art Northampton). 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, come and show everyone what you do! 


17 Oct / 16mm Film Screening: Where you had been  Six films by Nick Collins, Peter Todd and Margret Tait


24 Oct / Performance: Edwin Burdis The Fruit Machine  An installation and a performance centred on an allegorical painting. 


31 Oct / Performance and Sound Art: Pleasure Paradox  Performance and Sound Art, curated by Christina Millare featuring artists Fabienne Audéoud, John Costi, Nick Kilby & Trans/Human, Jen Liu and Janek Schaefer.  


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Film still from Blancanieves

Friday Film Nights

All films begin at 7pm / £5 (£3 Concessions)

Pre-book on 01908 676 900


4 Oct / Flux: Beyond the Black  Rainbow
A sci-fi thriller, accompanied by a live, improvised, electronic score 


11 Oct / Flux: Veejays in Dar es Salaam  Documentary about two charismatic E.African video jockeys, with an introductory talk and African food.


18 Oct / Documentary: Viramundo  Following musician Gilberto Gil (Brazil's first black Minister of Culture) on his world tour through the southern hemisphere.


25 Oct / Blancanieves  A recent, award-winning film, described as a 'Love letter to silent European cinema".


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Mini Makers

Saturday Mini Makers

Every Saturday / 1 - 3pm  / Free

For accompanied 4+ year olds and their families


5 Oct / Taking a line for a walk

12 Oct / Taking Shape and Making Space

19 Oct / Little and Large – fun with light projectors

26 Oct / Doodle Collage Islands


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Half Term for Children and Families

25 Oct / Special Event: A Festival of Light

10.30-1.30pm / For parents + Under 5s / Free
A drop-in event courtesy of the MK Pre-School Learning Alliance, involving crafts, stories, music and more, inspired by Guy Fawke’s and Diwali, including an early taste of Festive Road's Diwali celebrations. .


1 Nov / Half Term Family Workshops
10am - 12 noon + 2pm-4pm / For ages 7+ and their families / Free

Drop-in, artist-led workshops inspired by themes from the Wizard of Oz film, followed at 4pm by a free performance by  8-14  yr old participants from MK Theatre's 3-day musical theatre course.  


1 Nov/ Family Film Screening: The Wizard of Oz (1910)

 4.30pm / Free for families / Pre-booking essential on 01908 676 900
Our Wizard themed day concludes with a free screening for families of one of the earliest versions of The Wizard of Oz ever made. 


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Peter Dreher exhibition. Photo: Andy Keate

Visual Access Tour and Workshop

Peter Dreher Exhibition 

14 October / 12 - 2pm / Free (booking required)

Audio-described tour and artist-led workshop 

Artist Emma Wilde conducts this exhibition tour and related workshop, designed for visitors aged 16+ with a visual impairment .  The activities will be suitable for all abilities and focus on still life and drawing inspired by Peter Dreher's work.


Find out more / Bookings


900 Midsummer Blvd
Milton Keynes MK9 3QA
T +44 (0)1908 676 900

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