June 2014 Newsletter

Current Exhibition

Melanie Smith

Last few days: closes

15 June 2014  


Although born in the UK, Melanie Smith moved to Mexico 25 years ago and has become one of their most celebrated contemporary artists.


This is her first UK survey exhibition, with work from 1994 to the present day, including a new film, Fordlandia (2014), shot in an abandoned city and rubber plantation built in the Amazon in the 1920s by Henry Ford.  


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View installation images

Watch the exhibition video 

Watch the artist In Conversation


Melanie Smith: Fordlandia 2014, installation view, MK Gallery

The Pavilions of Xilitla

Exhibition Closing Event

Saturday 14 June from 4pm / Free


Join us for the closing of Melanie Smith's exhibition, including a talk by Dr David Stent (West Dean College) on The Pavilions of Xilitla, followed by Mexican food, and Barragán Sound System - a live music event from Open Music Archive. 


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Hendrick Goltzius: Icarus (1588)

Next Exhibition

Cadences: Works from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and film by Catherine Yass

27 June – 7 September 2014

Preview: 26 June / 6pm – 10pm / All welcome


Medieval panels, old master prints and work by Wassily Kandinsky, Bruce Nauman and Bridget Riley related to falling, music and destruction accompany a contemporary film by British artist Catherine Yass. 


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Luis Barragán

Sound Installation

Open Music Archive: Biblioteca, Tapanco, Recámara

Until 15 June 2014

Margaret Powell Square  


This new sound installation by artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White takes music ripped from the vinyl collection of Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902 - 1988).  


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Open House | Divided Estates (film still)

Video Space Programme

Open House | Divided Estates (2013)

A film by Eileen Simpson and Ben White

Until 15 June 2014 / Running time: 10 mins (looped)  


Shot on location in Mexico City, Open House | Divided Estates explores the complex web of propriety rights locked within Casa Barragán, the former home of Luis Barragán, and his extensive collection of vinyl records.  


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Work by one of the exhibitors

Project Space Exhibition

Creative Classrooms

Friday 6 – Sunday 22 June 2014

Preview: Thursday 5 June /  5-7pm / All Welcome 


An exhibition of work by pupils ages 7-11 from Two Mile Ash School, Milton Keynes, exploring Greeks through clay, cityscapes through experimental painting, the Tudors through portraiture and the World Cup through colourful installations. 

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Start the Art 

Tuesdays: Start the Art

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


June's Start the Art sessions for children aged under 5 years old take inspiration from Melanie Smith's exhibition.


3 June / Create fun spy glasses

10 June / Make abstract collages using photography

17 June / Create green artworks using paint and collage

24 June / Enjoy a host of Mexican inspired activities


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12/21/12: Illuminations

Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free  


5 June / Artist Film Screening: Emmett Walsh and Patricia Valencia 12/21/12: Illuminations documents the sunrise of the 2012 winter solstice, and the effect of light on the interior of an 18th Century Mission in northern California. 


12 June / The Future City Debate: Growth, Change and Governance 

 A talk focusing on shaping Milton Keynes into the city we want and defining the governance structures to deliver it. 

19 June / Improv Night Our regular open session for musicians, sound artists and non-musicians interested in exploring improvisation and developing new musical relationships.


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Heli (film poster - detail)

Friday Night Films

Films begin at 7pm unless otherwise stated / £5 (£3 Concessions)

Pre-book on 01908 676 900


6 June / Short Animations: Box of Delights 1 / Family Film Screeing at 4pm / Eight award-winning short films from the British Animation Awards, specially selected for 4 - 7 year olds.


6 June / Heli Cannes award-winning director Amat Escalante's controversial story of an older brother who struggles to protect his family from Mexico’s drugs and violence culture. 


13 June / Blue Eyelids A critically acclaimed account of the developing relationship between two people in the vast metropolis of Mexico City.


20 June / Music and Film - Nope, Black Spring, and Beachers An evening of live music and film, following on from the highly successful Flux programme last year.

27 June / All This Can Happen An acclaimed film constructed entirely from archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of cinema.


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A family workshop

Saturday Mini Makers

Every Saturday / 1pm - 3pm / Free

5+ year olds and their families    


June’s Mini Makers introduces a variety of different artforms, providing the opportunity to try out or improve a new skill. 


7 June / Exploring Paint with Sophie Bennett

14 June / Exploring Clay with Thom Rees

21 June / Exploring Drawing with Veronica Cocca

28 June / Exploring Dance with Helen Parlor


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MÓTUS poster

Dance Festival

MÓTUS is a festival of dance coming to Milton Keynes the weekend of the 28th and 29th of June, taking place at Margaret Powell Square and The Venue MK. 


The following event will take place at MK Gallery to coincide:


28 June / Dance for Camera: Selfie Nation / 9am - 1pm

A workshop exploring all things selfie - from why we take them to their wider social and cultural meaning - through the creation of a dance.

A past family workshop

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