Learning Newsletter Autumn 2013
Current exhibition

Peter Dreher

Until 24 November

German painter Peter Dreher (b.1932) has produced a daily painting of the same, empty glass for the last 40 years.  This remarkable series, of which there are over 5,000 examples, is titled Every Day is a Good Day, taken from a Zen-Buddhist saying that suggests everything is of equal importance. The exhibition includes almost 150 of these paintings, together with other key works such as still life paintings of skulls, flowers and everyday objects and a large panoramic view of a motel room interior made up of over 50 individual canvases. 


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Peter Dreher, Detail from  Every Day is a Good Day (#1329) since 1974, Oil on Canvas, 25x20cm 

Peter Dreher exhibition view.  Photo: Andy Keate

Peter Dreher Exhibition: Teacher Tour

Tuesday 22 October / 4pm / Free

Come to the rescheduled Teacher Tour of the Peter Dreher exhibtion. In addition to exploring the current exhibition and related resources, the tour will include information about our new ‘Design your MK Gallery’ project through which pupils designs will be displayed in our Future City Exhibition.


A Teacher Tour pack is available for this exhibition.


Register for the Teacher Tour /

Explore the exhibition / Download an Exhibition Resource Pack


Project Space Exhibition

This is (my) Freedom

Until 4 November


To coincide with Black History month, MK Gallery presents This is (my) Freedom, an exhibition which explores the idea of individual freedom as conversations through painting, poetry, photography, fashion, music, short stories, drama and dance. Sparked by a painting and poem by lead artist Yaw Asiyama, the installation has attracted contributions from a wide range of practitioners, from students to established artists.


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Helmut Jacoby, Proposed view of Central Milton Keynes illustration, 1974

Next Exhibition: Call for Submissions

Future City

6 December 2013 – 5 January 2014

Preview 5 December 2013


This December, as MK Gallery begins to work with 6a architects to design and plan our expanded buiding, our Future City exhibition in the main galleries will explore the early architectural plans for the new city of Milton Keynes as well as the social and personal stories of some of its earliest residents.


Call for entries for ‘Design Your MK Gallery’

Deadline 24 November 2013

We invite Milton Keynes school pupils to respond to our planned building expansion by submitting imaginative entries in either 2D or 3D media to our 'Design Your MK Gallery' Brief. The submissions will be displayed in the Future City exhibition. The Brief is available to download from our website, and the Learning team is available to give free introductory talks or assemblies to schools wishing to participate in the project.


Download the Design Brief / Download the Teachers Forward Planning Document

After School Art Clubs

Are you interested in working with us to organise an after school art club at your primary or secondary school? An artist-led club is a fantastic way of enriching your creative learning offer to pupils, and can be adapted to incorporate themes and ideas from the wider curriculum.


Artist Bethany Murray has been working with pupils at Old Stratford Primary School this term to explore ideas and themes within her own practice. Pupils have explored texture and mark-making using rubbings which they then turned into ‘frottage’ pictures.  They have now started translating their ideas into the 3D form, using clay to make ‘plates’ of different textures and surfaces, and the results will be used to create a large scale permanent artwork for the school.


We are particularly interested in working with schools to incorporate practical, artist-led professional development for teachers into our after school art club model.


Email Hannah Gaunt in the Learning Team to find out more: hgaunt@mkgallery.org

MK Gallery to become Arts Award Development Hub

MK Gallery is pleased to announce that with funding from Artswork – the South East Bridge Organisation - we are to become an Arts Award Development Hub. We will act as Arts Award champions, encouraging growth, supporting and sharing best practice with peers and those across the wider cultural and education sectors. More details to be announced soon.

Other News

Join the BP Art Exchange

Tate Gallery in London has launched the BP Art Exchange -  a global learning project about international collaboration and exchange.  It connects schools, galleries, artists and cultural institutions worldwide through an exciting social platform and an offline programme of artist interventions to try and test new ideas with teachers and young people.   

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artSOUTH and HIAS Training Day

Place, Space and Making: Using contemporary art to challenge and inform classroom practice

5 November 2013


This CPD event in Hampshire may be of interest to art subject co-ordinators, classroom teachers and teaching assistants in primary schools. The session will explore what contemporary art is, why it looks the way it does and how it can inspire creative projects across the primary curriculum.   

Book a place


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Milton Keynes MK9 3QA
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