March 2016 Newsletter

MK Gallery is expanding

MK Gallery is delighted to have been awarded £750,000 in the latest round of Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence programme. 


This funding will enable City Club, an exciting project led by MK Gallery and devised with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman. Working with dozens of partners across the city, the programme will celebrate MK's 50th anniversary and the re-opening of the gallery in 2017.

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City Club: design for a playscape

Image courtesy Gareth Jones and Nils Norman

Watch an introduction to

Flashback here

Project Space

Flashback: 2003

Until 3 April 2016  


The fifth in a series of archival exhibitions that will be presented both online and in MK Gallery’s Project Space, as renovations begin in the main building.  


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Celebrating Octo (and 2MS Series No 1)

Events - Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free


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


17 March / Celebrating Octo (and 2MS Series No 1) An illustrated presentation about the history and future of public art in MK.


24 March / The Bad Vibes Club An evening of talks about interruptions that happen within and between people and their bodies. 


31 March / Tea Ceremony Inspired by cultural and historical explorations, artist Katie Ellen Fields invites conversation and contemplation. 


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BAFTA Shorts 2016:

Samuel-613 (film still)

Events - Friday Night Film

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

Book online or by calling 01908 676 900


4 March / He Named Me Malala A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai. 


11 March / The Lady in the Van A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that's parked in his driveway.


18 March / BAFTA Shorts 2016 A feature-length selection of short live action and animated films from the BAFTAs. 


25 March / Carol An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.


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Richard J Birkin

Events - Saturday Live Music

Richard J Birkin, Kemper Norton plus more TBC

Saturday 19 March / Doors 7.30pm / £5


A self-taught composer, Richard J Birkin's work can take the form of soundtracks, string quartets, intimate folk songs, ambient soundscapes, instrumentals, solo piano, audio tinkering or post-rock.


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Green Visions

Events - Talks & Workshops

Green Visions

Wednesday 23 March / 7pm / Free


This talk initiates MK: City of Trees, a new programme of Fred Roche Foundation events exploring the city’s landscape legacy and the role that landscape will play in its future.


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Brooklands Farm Primary School

Children and Families

Start the Art: Out and About

Monday 7 March / 10-11am / £1 on the door / Booking essential

Sessions are held at Brooklands Farm Primary School


The final session in a 15 week programme for parents and toddlers living in the Brooklands and Broughton Gate area to explore the joys of art through a range of multi-sensory activities.


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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 


This month we investigate the idea of the piazza or town square


8 & 9 March / Create artworks inspired by music

15 & 16 March / Make exquisitely edible artworks

22 & 23 March / Create colourful paper mosiacs

29 & 30 March / Use water to create expressive artworks


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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. 


5 March / Play around with portraits

12 March / Build a real or imagined town square

19 March / Create a miniature monument

26 March / Design and paint a giant mural


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Children and Families

Arts Award Sharing Session

Saturday 26 March / 12-1pm / Free / For pre-registered children only


All Arts Award participants registered with MK Gallery's Winter Group are invited to come along and share their arts experiences together.


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Cadences preview, 2014

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