May 2012 Newsletter

New Exhibition

Olivia Plender

Rise Early, Be Industrious

Until 17 June 2012


Through sculpture, embroidery, posters, board games and architectural models the exhibition explores how attitudes towards mass education have evolved over time, and includes a replica TV studio from the 1970s and a Google style workplace.


More information


In pictures

Exhibition images


Audio described tour
Monday 21 May / 2pm / Free


Olivia Plender, Google Office, installation view. Image courtesy the artist.

Video Space

A monthly programme of artists' films in the first floor Video Space.


1 - 10 May

Curated by Olivia Plender. Films by artists including Nick Laessing, Candice Lin, Matthew Noel Tod, Anja Kirschner & David Panos.


11 – 27 May

Admitting the Flats, curated by Open File, a curatorial conversation between artist Jack Brindley and curator Tim Dixon. Films by artists including George Barber, Olivia Plender, Rachel Reupke and Jamie Shovlin.


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Scratch Nights in May

Every Thursday evening, these events present a broad range of cross-cultural activities.


Highlights include an evening of live audio-visual as part of the Fishmarket at... offsite season, live music from Longmeg, the first of two events by Open File and a film screening and talk, which asks the question, "Is traditional art doing something to our minds that contemporary art can't do?"


See full listing of events

Film still, The Electric House

Friday Night Films

Screenings this month include a double bill of two Buster Keaton classics, The Play House and The Electric House, screened with a live music score, a stunning feature length documentary chronicling the life of suffragette and revolutionary Sylvia Pankhurst, and Nosferatu the Vampyre, a 1979 West German vampire horror film.


Finally on 25 May, an MK Film Makers event showcases the best in local filmmaking talent.


See full listing of events

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

Block D interior, Bletchley Park by Rachael Marshall

Artists document disused buildings of Bletchley Park

Project Space Exhibition

Station X

4 - 27 May / Preview, 3 May, 6 - 8pm 


Station X offers a multi-sensory insight into the derelict buildings of Bletchley Park, the home of the World War Two code-breakers, and arguably one of Britain’s most important historical sites.


Read more / Hear the artists talk about the project

A family workshop

Children and Families

Come along to Mini Makers where you can draw from your imagination, create works of art from rubbings and find out how to create scratch pictures of sound. Mini-Makers is free, and happens every Saturday from 1 - 3pm.


In Start the Art, for parents with toddlers, every Tuesday from 11am - 12noonyou can have a go at creating a 3D artwork, explore the world of percussion, and be crowned prince or princess for the day, as we celebrate all things royal!


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

Live Music Micro Festival

Talk Amongst Yourselves
Gnod, Poino, Ex Easter Island Head, Americans, SJ Esau and The Liftmen

Saturday 19 May / 4.30 -11.30pm


As a closing event for Arts & Heritage Open Places, MK based promoters Talk Amongst Yourselves, present a one day ‘micro festival’ featuring some of the most exciting bands on the UK DIY scene and beyond.


MK Gallery project space. £3 advance / £4 door. 01908 676900

Look About: Transmission

Free Display and Talk

Look About is a two-year mapping and collecting project led by Portsmouth-based artist/geologist Jon Adams in response to Accentuate and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the South East of England. The project weaves together science and art, and Jon’s autobiographical experiences of Dyslexia and Asperger’s.  


Look About: Transmission is on display until 27 May, and you can hear Jon Adams talk about the ideas behind the project on 16 May, 6.30pm.

Pushwagner, Klaxton (detail), 1991. © The artist 

Next Exhibition

Pushwagner: Soft City

28 June - 2 September 2012


The first solo exhibition outside Norway by the visionary artist Hariton Pushwagner (b.1940), including the graphic novel 'Soft City', an epic satire of capitalism and life in the modern metropolis.


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