Schools Newsletter April 2016

MK Gallery is Expanding

MK Gallery is currently undertaking a significant capital expansion project and is due to reopen in autumn 2017.  


Throughout this period

City Club provides the stimulus for the Learning Programme across the next eighteen months. 










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Photo: Derek Wales

Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, logo for City Club

What is City Club?

Milton Keynes turns 50 next year. City Club, an exciting project led by the Gallery and devised with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, will contribute to the MK50 celebrations in 2017. 


City Club and its themes of place-making, architecture, design, urbanism, environment and citizenship provide the starting point for discussion and offer rich content for nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. Find out more

Gareth Jones, Looking For Milton Keynes (film still), 2011

Resources for Teachers

In Looking For Milton Keynes we hear directly from City Club artist Gareth Jones who grew up in MK and talks about its history and his relationship to the new town.

Follow our blog to keep up to date with the MK Gallery expansion and City Club. Don't miss out on details of talks, events and opportunities in the coming months.

Watch an introduction to Flashback here

Project Space Exhibition

Flashback: 2003

Until 1 May 2016 


Whilst we renovate our main building we present a series of archival exhibitions both online and in MK Gallery’s Project Space. Artists include Juergen Teller, Tony Bevan, Paul Seawright, Sarah Lucas, Colin Lowe and Roddy Thomson.

View our exhibition archive / follow Flashback on Pinterest

Our Milton Keynes Business Achievement Award for Community Impact

A win for MK Gallery

We were delighted to be recognised for our contribution to Milton Keynes when the Gallery won in the Community Impact category at the 2016 Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards.


Established three years ago, The Business Achievement Awards help build valuable recognition for the contribution that the private and third sector make in the growth and prosperity of Milton Keynes. 


Find out more

A past micro-residency


Bespoke micro-residencies can be provided for all Key Stages and are designed to meet your school's specific needs. The programme can be embedded as part of the school day or as an extra-curricular activity.


MK Gallery Associate Artists are experienced at providing the right environment to explore creative practice and curriculum links. For further information email learning@mkgallery.org


Start the Art

Start the Art: In Schools

MK Gallery provides five, ten and fifteen week creative programmes designed to support pre-school children and their parents to build strong relationships in advance of starting school.


Schools interested in hosting a weekly session in the coming term or summer holiday period should contact jhill@mkgallery.org for further information.


Photo: Derek Wales

MK Young Filmmaker

MK Young Filmmaker follows the successful pilot of MK Young Artist in 2015 which received well over 100 entries and included a final Project Space exhibition showcasing 45 works from eighteen schools.


MK Young Filmmaker invites pupils aged 4-19 to creatively respond to city-wide public spaces through the medium of film. In late April, Young Filmmaker packs will be issued. Please email your Expression of Interest to youngfilmmaker@mkgallery.org.

The award is delivered in partnership with MK Community Foundation to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Photo: Derek Wales

Teachers CPD

Shelney Leadership and Training Centre will run the Cultural and Creative Leadership Programme funded by Artswork for a second year running. This is a great opportunity open to both teachers and arts practitioners.


Please contact Chris Holmwood, Senior Deputy Headteacher and Principal, Leadership and Training Centre at cholmwood@sbeschool.org.uk for further details and to book.


MK Creative Learning Network

The next MK Creative Learning Network meeting is on Tuesday 26 April from 12.30 - 1.30pm at The Stables.


Booking essential, please email graeme.surtees@stables.org

A past MK Gallery workshop

Keep in Touch

Contact the Learning Team:  


Victoria Mayes

Head of Learning, vmayes@mkgallery.org


Bethany Mitchell

Childhood Learning Coordinator, bmitchell@mkgallery.org


Jonny Hill

Early Years Learning Coordinator, jhill@mkgallery.org 


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