April 2016 Newsletter

MK Gallery is Expanding

We are working with 

6a architects to create a

a world-class gallery, with bar and café, auditorium for film, music and events and dedicated community facilities.


Join the team as we embark on our exciting expansion. We are currently recruiting for an Exhibition Organiser and a Development Manager.


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MK Gallery expansion: An indicative view of the galleries

Courtesy 6a architects

Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, logo for City Club

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, continues to take shape and will contribute to the MK50 celebrations in 2017, which includes a writer in residence. Working with dozens of partners across the city, City Club will celebrate both the anniversary and the re-opening of the expanded gallery. 


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Watch an introduction to Flashback here

Project Space

Flashback: 2003

Until 1 May 2016  


The fifth in a series of archival exhibitions presented both online and in MK Gallery’s Project Space. Artists include Juergen Teller, Tony Bevan, Paul Seawright, Sarah Lucas, Colin Lowe and Roddy Thomson. 


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Thomas Eke

Events - Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free


7 April / Spoken Word Open Mic An open mic event for all writers and poets to perform and present work.


14 April / Improv Night An open session for musicians, sound artists and non-musicians interested in exploring improvisation.


21 April / Art and Craft The story of the charismatic, complex Mark Landis, perhaps the most prolific art forger in US history. 


28 April / Thomas Eke: Extended Playa A performative talk based on Thomas Eke’s ongoing research into rocks and hard places. 


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Events - Friday Night Films

Films begin at 7.30pm / £5 (£3 Concessions)

Book online or by calling 01908 676 900


8 April / Grandma A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother.


15 April / The Dressmaker Kate Winslet stars in this bittersweet comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. 


22 April / Speed Sisters A documentary about the Speed Sisters, the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East.


29 April / Ran A stunning 4K digital restoration of Akira Kurosawa's famous interpretation of King Lear.


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Clara Clara

Events - Saturday Live Music

Clara Clara, Francois Virot, Lyon Mbira Duo and Weather Chamber

Saturday 16 April / Doors 7.30pm / £6


Live music from French noise pop quartet Clara Clara. Comprised of François Virot, Charles Virot, Amélie Lambert and Dean Spacer, their new album Bugarach is released later this month.


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Start the Art

Children and Families

Start the Art

Every Tuesday and Wednesday / 11am - 12 noon / £1 on the door

For accompanied children aged under 5


5 & 6 April / Explore shape and form

12 & 13 April / Play with colour

19 & 20 April / Use paint and stencils

26 & 27 April / Create 3D constructions


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Saturday Studio

Children and Families

Saturday Studio

Every Saturday / 1-3pm / 5+ year olds / £1 on the door 


Artist-led activity through which we invite you to join in, explore, question and create whilst working together as a family. 


9 April / Create playful, colourful shapes using collage

16 April / Make, move and mark with artist Bethany Mitchell

23 April / Design your own hopscotch

30 April / Have fun exploring playgrounds


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A past family workshop

Children and Families

Collaborate Half Term Workshops

Friday 8 April / 10am-12noon or 2-4pm / £2

For children aged 7+ and their families


Create a piece of wearable art inspired by the wildlife of Milton Keynes with visual artist James Aldridge.  


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Arts Award at MK Gallery

Arts Award Sharing Session

Arts Award Sharing Session

Saturday 9 April / 12-1pm / Free / For pre-registered children only


All Arts Award participants registered with our spring group are invited to come along and share their arts experiences together.


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Photo: Churchill Studio

Help make art happen

MK Gallery relies on your donations to deliver world-class exhibitions, events and learning experiences. Please make a difference by making a donation via Local Giving or a text donation. Please text   MKGA17 £   followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. Thank you.


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