June 2017 Newsletter

MK Gallery is expanding

We were delighted to welcome so many of you to MK Calling 2017 for one last exhibition before construction begins. 


The main building is now closed for major renovation and expansion, however our busy events programme continues throughout our transformation. 


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MK Gallery expansion visualisation

Image courtesy of 6a architects

Project Space

The Missing Building

2 - 24 June 2017 / Admission free


Presented with the RIBA, this exhibition showcases creative responses by primary and secondary school students as they reimagine an undeveloped site in Central Milton Keynes; and provides a platform for discussion with fellow pupils, families and the wider community. 


Related events include Prize-giving on 3 June, KS1&2 Teachers CPD on 7 June, Ask an Architect on 24 June and Saturday Studio. Times and prices vary. 


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Xylouris White

Events - Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm


1 June / Xylouris White, Still House Plants, Bamya Live music. With legendary Cretan lute player George Xylouris and Jim White, an icon of the underground music scene.


8 June / Talk: Luke Bryant Architect Luke Bryant has worked on major public and cultural projects, including the British Museum. 


15 June / MK Geek Night Meet up, network and chat over a few drinks about web design, development, UX, and technology.


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


29 June / Julie Myers - Site Specific Composition Part of MK CityFest, this live performance will produce three unique soundtracks.  


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Film still from The Salesman

Events - Friday Night Films

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

Book online or by calling 01908 676 900 


2 June / Citizen Jane: Battle for the City A documentary on Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses and their epic battles for the right to the city. 


9 June / Lion A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. 


16 June / Fences A father struggles with race relations while trying to raise his family in 1950s America. 


23 June / The Salesman The 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner from award-winning director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation).


30 June / Chronic Oscar nominee Tim Roth is David, a nurse who works with terminally ill patients.


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Kit Downes and Tom Challenger

Events - Saturday Live Music

Conscia Jazz presents: Kit Downes and Tom Challenger

Saturday 17 June / Doors 8pm / £7.50 in advance, £8.50 on the door


Since the release of their first album, Wedding Music, Kit Downes and Tom Challenger have performed at the Royal Festival Hall,  Café OTO, The London Contemporary Music Festival, and broadcast live on the BBC. Their second album, Vyamanikal, documents differing church acoustics and organs


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Judith Noble, Still from Mysteries (1982) Courtesy of Cinenova.

Events - Other

Free / Pre-booking essential


17 June / 7pm / Caribbean Film Screening Short films programmed in partnership with Friends of the Caribbean MK. 


24 June / 7.30pm / Stone Bodies, Red Sea To coincide with Midsummer, Stone Bodies, Red Sea brings together the work of three artists as part of an evening of moving image, readings and music.


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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 


Bring your mini architects and help us to mark Milton Keynes' 50th birthday with a series of fun and experimental workshops. We'll use the built environment as the starting point for playful exploration.


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Artwork by Aaron Head

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. 


3 June / Design missing buildings 

10 June / Architects Rachael Wilson and Rachel Luckett takeover

17 June / Architects Kirsten Holland and Hugo Hardy takeover

24 June / Redesign the city’s skyline


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A past family event

Children and Families


Friday 2 June / 12noon - 3pm / Drop-in / £1 per person on the door

For ages 5+ and their families

Explore building and construction in unusual and playful ways this half term. We’ll have a range of materials to help you investigate the themes presented in The Missing Building

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The Gray family

Children and Families

Family-in-Residence presents: the Gray family

Sunday 25 June / 1-3pm / £1 per person


Join the Gray Family from Great Holm and artist Bethany Mitchell to explore their joint creation - a Superhero Training School! With your superhero identity you'll work your way through a variety of creative activities, challenges and games to test your superhero qualities from aim to agility. 


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A view of Milton Keynes


Taking place between 27 June and 2 July and based at Middleton Hall in the centre:mk, CityFest will explore MK’s unique designed city framework. At its core will be the annual conferences of the Institute of New Towns (INTI) and the Academy of Urbanism (AoU) alongside walks, talks, workshops, an artist programme, animations and creative activity focused on modern urban living of the future. 

Local Brownies visiting the MK Calling 2017 exhibition

Take on a challenge for MK Gallery

Earlier this month, four runners participated in the MK Marathon and Half Marathon to raise money for the Gallery. There are more opportunities to support MK Gallery throughout the year. It is a great way to challenge yourself, whilst also raising money for cultural development and learning in Milton Keynes. 


Find out more about how to get involved with our latest blog post


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