July 2014 Newsletter

Current Exhibition


Until 7 September


This exhibition about the Greek myth of Icarus includes historical and modern paintings, drawings, prints and films by 40 artists, related to themes of falling and destruction.


Works by Broodthaers, Constant, Dubuffet, Escher, Kandinsky, Nauman, Riley and Wool, are presented alongside a contemporary film by British artist Catherine Yass.


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Cadences exhibition preview (photo: Indra Siautile)

Walk In and Out of N.S.R.D (film still)

Video Space Programme

Walk In and Out of N.S.R.D

Curated by Perros Negros and Egija Insule

1 - 31 July 2014


A selection of videos made in the 1980s by a Latvian experimental music group. Mixing fashion, music and public events, the videos transport the viewer back to a Soviet republic barely in cultural dialogue with Western Europe.


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Delicate Destructions installation view

Project Space Exhibition

Delicate Destructions

27 June – 3 August 2014


Inspired by the themes of falling and destruction found in Cadences, this exhibition brings together the creative responses of twenty-one young people aged 16-17, who participated in a series of workshops earlier this year. 


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Start the Art

Tuesdays: Start the Art

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


July’s Start the Art for children aged under 5 years old explores flight.


1 July / Create a large scale picture of Milton Keynes from the sky

8 July / Make and decorate a hot air balloon

15 July / Join us for our Summer Arty Party

22 July / Create a mobile inspired by the sky

29 July / Create a wall mural of stars and planets


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Steven Claydon: Grid & Spike, 2013

Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free 


3 July / The Future City Debate: A Low Carbon Liveable City A talk focusing on ensuring Milton Keynes maintains a well-designed environment. 


10 July / Artist Moving Image programme: Steven Claydon Working across multiple media, Claydon's work often investigates fictional histories and methods of musicological display.  


24 July / Artist Film Screening: Colour A selection of short films exploring the influence and uses of colour to evoke mood and rhythm, as well as its function as a narrative device.


31 July / Artist Film Screening: Aglaia Konrad Two films by a photography based artist living in Brussels whose work focuses mainly on metropolitan urban space.


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The Red Shoes film still

Friday Night Films

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

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4 July / Dancer in the Dark Björk stars in Lars von Trier's powerful film about a young woman facing blindness.


11 July / 7.30pm / £8 (£6.50 conc.) /  The Wind + Live score by Lola Perrin This seminal gothic drama is accompanied live by an award-winning elemental new score.


18 July / Top Hat Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in this classic 1935 musical-comedy about a case of mistaken identity. 


25 July / The Red Shoes A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. 


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Mini Makers

Saturday Mini Makers

Every Saturday / 1pm - 3pm / Free / 5+ year olds and their families     


June’s Mini Makers introduces different artforms to try out or improve.  


5 July / Printing Fun with Deborah Last

12 July / Giant Mas Camp with Festive Road

19 July  / Colouring Workshop with Mandy Burton

26 July / Working with Wood with Paul Smith


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Neri di Bicci: The fall of the rebel angels with St Michael fighting the dragon (detail)

Melanie Pappenheim: Falling

Melanie Pappenheim: Falling

Saturday 26 July 3pm & 7pm / Sunday 27 July 3pm & 5pm

Free / Pre-booking essential via the IF: 2014 website 


A solo voice-theatre performance delivered within our Cadences exhibition, in response to themes of falling, destruction and gravity. Falling is an MK Gallery and MK International Festival 2014 co-commission. 


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Beautiful Bodies and Lovely Loos

MK Festival Fringe

The following events will take place at MK Gallery, presented by MK Festival Fringe.

17 July / 10am - 4pm / Body Printing Workshop

17 July / 1 - 9pm / Artist talk - Beautiful Bodies and Lovely Loos

20 July / 3.30 - 4pm / Outdoor Theatre - Crimplene Millionaire

22 July / 12 noon & 4pm / Desperate Men: Slapstick and Slaughter

23 July / From 7.30pm / Edinburgh Fringe Comedy previews


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A past preview guest

Major grants received towards MK Gallery

MK Gallery is extremely pleased to announce two major grants towards its capital expansion campaign by The Wolfson Foundation and The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust. The project will include improved and expanded gallery space, a dedicated learning suite, a welcoming café bar and independent cinema provision – creating an enhanced social, cultural and educational resource. 


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Guests at the Cadences preview

MK Gallery secures Arts Council NPO funding

MK Gallery is delighted to have been successful in its application to Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Funding programme for



This is an essential boost in the Gallery’s plans for expansion, as well as a great tribute to the cultural climate in Milton Keynes.


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A past family workshop

Support Us

MK Gallery is a registered charity (number 1059678) which relies upon public donations to support its work. Please consider making a donation in the Gallery or via the donation button below.        


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Artists' Film Biennial at the ICA

The Artists' Film Biennial is a four day celebration of artist film and moving image taking place at the ICA from 3  – 6 July 2014. Consisting of screenings, new performance commissions, talks and panel discussions, this is the only event of its kind in the UK. 


The ICA's Artist Moving Image programme continues at MK Gallery this month with a screening by Steven Claydon


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