November 2012 Newsletter

Last Chance to See

James Welling

The Mind on Fire

Until 25 November / Free


150 early works from the 1980s by the American artist James Welling, charting the development of his experimental and abstract photography.


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James Welling, Diary Landscape (A15), 1977-86. Gelatin silver contact print. Image © and courtesy the artist.

Cindy Clipston, Single

Video Space

Contemporary Abstraction

1 - 30 November / Free  


This month’s video space programme draws together a selection of artists films’ made over the last ten years thematically linked by their exploration of abstraction and materiality.


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Thursday Scratch Nights

1 November / Film Screening & Zine Making

Avant Gardening present a Zine workshop exploring then fringes of vintage popular culture.

8 November / Performance Art: Forma

Forma, a recently formed performance art collective, present a new site specific performance.  


15 November / Talk/Performance: Elena Cologni: L'Elastico

Artist Elena Cologni’s conclusive event in a site specific series exploring memory and geography.  


22 November / Arts Bursary Presentation Evening

Join us for the presentation of the shortlisted artists and announcement of the winners of this year’s Milton Keynes Community Foundation Arts Bursary and Adams Traditional Crafts Bursary.


29 November / AV Installation: Cindy Clipston

 Recent University of Northampton graduate Cindy Clipston presents her new audio visual installation.   


See full listings / Every Thursday, 7pm, free

Film still, City of God

Friday Night Films

2 November / Broken Flowers (2005)

A man sets out to find the son he didn't know he had.


9 November / Wild Style (1983)

A 1983 hip hop film produced by Charlie Ahearn.


16 November / City of God (2002)
A tale of how crime affects the poor in Rio de Janeiro.


23 November / MK Film Makers Event
Showcasing short films by local filmmakers.


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


Children and Families

This month in Mini Makers, explore new techniques in painting, transform materials into beautiful collages, create decorative sculptures and have a go at printmaking. Free, every Saturday from 1 - 3pm, ages 4+. 


In Start the Art, our sessions for parents and toddlers, we'll be creating 3D sculptures, learning fun printmaking techniques and experimenting with plaster casting. Free, every Tuesday from 11am - 12noon.


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Project Space Exhibition

Inspired: St Thomas Aquinas School

2 November - 2 December 2012


Work created across all year groups at St.Thomas Aquinas School in Bletchley, inspired by the Olympic values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship.


Working in collaboration with four artists, pupils created everything from friendship circles to plaster of paris hands, abstract sculptures and life-sized Olympian models. 


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Visitor exploring exhibition

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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Jamie Chalmers

Coming Soon

Hemmed In

Embroidery and Needlework from MK and Beyond

7 December 2012 – 6 January 2013


The exhibition presents work by over fifty practitioners, organised with MK Embroiderers Guild and Jamie Chalmers, otherwise known as Mr X Stitch. Ranging from the local to the international, the exhibits include needlework through unusual media, techniques and unexpected subject matter, including street art, rock music and internet spam.


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Photo by Archie Sinclair

Edna Read passed away 24 October 2012

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Edna Eguchi Read FRSA, an artist, entrepreneur, curator and passionate campaigner for the arts in Milton Keynes.


Since the beginning of Milton Keynes, Edna worked with the Development Agencies to integrate the work of artists into its buildings and landscape and to promote its image as The City of Sculpture. Edna was instrumental in so many of the city’s cultural organisations, including the Milton Keynes Gallery and Theatre Company, Aim Gallery, the Public Arts Trust and the Sculpture Walk for Emigre Artists at Bletchley Park.


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