October 2012 Newsletter

Current exhibition

James Welling

The Mind on Fire

Until 25 November


American artist James Welling emerged in the 1980s as part of the 'Pictures Generation', a group of New York artists famous for their pioneering use of photography. This exhibition brings together a hundred and fifty of Welling’s early, experimental and abstract works from this period.


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James Welling, LA-C 33, 1977. Gelatin silver contact print. Image © and courtesy the artist.

Artist James Welling

Artist Talk

Saturday 13 October / Starts 2pm / Light refreshments from 1pm / Free
This talk will be BSL interpreted. 


Hear artist James Welling (b.1951) talk about his photographic practice.  Welling's work is held in major museum collections worldwide and he currently heads the photography area of the Art Department of UCLA, in California. 

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James Welling, Hands 1 (detail), 1975

Photography Portfolio Reviews

Saturday 13 October / 10.30 - 12.30am / Free but places limited.

Show and discuss your own photography in one-to-one tutorials with a panel of experts, including Karen Newman (Curator, Open Eye Gallery), Diane Smyth (Deputy Editor, British Journal of Photography), Anthony Luvera (artist, writer and educator) and Boyd & Evans (artists).    Stay for lunch and the afternoon talk by James Welling.

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Cindy Sherman, Untitled film still 14, 1978

Video Space

Artists' film in the late seventies and early eighties

2 - 30 October 2012 / Free

This month’s programme explores artists' films from New York in the late 1970s/early 80s, including Cindy Sherman and Lynda Bengalis.  


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English National Ballet

Thursday Scratch Night

4 October / Listening Event: The Nova Convention

Audio recordings from a 1979 New York event commemorating the writer William Burroughs.

11 October / Film Screening: Two Moon July

Documentary look at the famous New York experimental art studio.


18 October / Pop Up Performance: English National Ballet

A special performance of a new work, inspired by our current exhibition.


25 October / Talk & Performance: SPA(E)CIOUS

Exploring elements of geography, psychology and philosophy.


See full listings / Every Thursday, 7pm, free

26 October: Memento

Friday Night Films

5 October / Stranger than Paradise (1984)

American absurdist/deadpan comedy film.


12 October / In Praise of Love (2001)

A meditation on life, love, and particularly loss by Jean-Luc Godard.


19 October / Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

A masterpiece of avant-garde cinema by French director, Alain Resnais.


26 October / Memento (2000)

Psychological thriller about a man suffering from memory loss.


See full listings / Every Friday, 6.30pm, £5 (£3 concs)

A family workshop

Children and Families

This month in Mini Makers, create a recycled plant pot, learn new watercolour techniques, and help us design a recipe book for healthy eating. Free, every Saturday from 1 - 3pm, ages 4+. 


In Start the Art, our sessions for parents and toddlers, we have a month of drawing related sessions, exploring different techniques and mediums. Free, every Tuesday from 11am - 12noon.


Finally, come along on Friday 2 November for a half term workshop, where you can work with artist Sophie Cullinan to create an exciting, collaborative artwork of magical fruit flowers.


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Polly  Brannan and home made seed bombs, 2011

Project Space Exhibition

Avant Gardening artist Polly Brannan in Residence

Friday 4 - Sunday 28 October


Artist Polly Brannan is interested in how play, green spaces and the imagination help us to build a greater understanding of where we live.


During her residency in the Project Space, Polly will explore the ways in which people navigate Milton Keynes.

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Gallery Access Tour

Access Events

Monday 15 October / Audio Described Exhibition Tour, 2pm
Book your free place, call 01908 558 305

At MK Gallery we're committed to making our programme accessible to all visitors. This October we're offering a free audio described tour of our current exhibition.


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The Big Draw MK

A wide variety of drawing events are taking place across Milton Keynes this October to coincide with the nationwide Big Draw 2012.


At MK Gallery you can join in with drawing activities as part of our weekly parent and toddler sessions. We are one of many venues across the city who are running drawing workshops. Other participating organisations include Artworks-MK, thecentre:mk, Campbell Park, Inter-Action MK and The Open University.


See full listing of events across Milton Keynes

Mums Matter in Milton Keynes

Mums Matter Opportunities Fair
Wednesday 24 October  / Drop-In 11am - 2pm / Free
Includes lunch and supervised crèche (pre-booking essential)


Come along to this drop-in event and enjoy informal talks, spotlight sessions from local groups and Mum & Me craft stations, all promoting and informing mums about the opportunities available to them in MK.


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With Community Action: MK, Women & Work and MK Council.

Image from Take These Hands by Stian Ådlandsvik

Stian �dlandsvik at Bucks New University

Stian Ådlandsvik: Take These Hands

4-28 October 2012


Following its initial presentation at MK Gallery Project Space in July and at Stoke Mandeville Hospital during September, Norwegian artist Stian Ådlandsvik's exhibition tours to Bucks New University Gallery this month, with support from Creative Campus Initiative. 


The exhibition includes collages developed from archival photographs from the National Spinal Injuries Centre archive at Stoke Mandeville hospital. 


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Win a Digital Camera

Visit our current exhibition of abstract photography by artist James Welling, and enter our free prize draw to win a digital camera (including case and memory card) worth over £189!


Simply complete one of our gallery survey forms at the Information Desk, and we'll enter your details into the prize draw.


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Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley 1975-2012

We are deeply saddened by the recent death of Modern Art Oxford Director, Michael Stanley.  A statement is available on MAO's website together with a Book of Condolences.


Mike was Director of MK Gallery for five years, during which time he developed a rich and adventurous artistic programme, forged exciting connections and was a great ambassador for Milton Keynes. He will be missed enormously and our thoughts and feelings go out to his family, friends and colleagues.


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