Learning Newsletter Spring 2014

Current Exhibition

Melanie Smith

Until 15 June

This spring, MK Gallery presents the first major survey exhibition in the UK by Melanie Smith, one of Mexico’s most celebrated contemporary artists, including the premiere of a new film, Fordlandia (2014), commissioned by MK Gallery. 

Melanie Smith (born Poole, UK, 1965), has lived and worked in Mexico City for the last 25 years. She works in a variety of media – painting and photography alongside film, video and installation. 


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Melanie Smith, Installation view, MK Gallery, 2014

Hendrick Goltzius: Icarus (1588)

Next Exhibition


27 June - 7 September 2014

Preview: 26 June 2014

Inspired by a newly commissioned film by contemporary artist Catherine Yass, which depicts a piano falling from a residential block and crashing to the ground, Cadences explores modern and historical artworks that reference themes of falling, the myth of Icarus, pianos and utopian architecture. 

Catherine Yass (b. London, UK, 1963) trained at the Slade School of Art, London, the Hochschüle der Künste, Berlin, and Goldsmiths College, London. Through contemporary photography and film, Yass captures the psychological impact of architectural space.

Artwork by an Art and Dementia participant

Current Project Space Exhibition

Art and Dementia

Until 1 June 2014


Our May exhibition, Art and Dementia, is the result of a collaborative project between Arts for Health (Milton Keynes) and Extracare Shenley Wood Village, funded by MK Community Foundation. A series of artist-led workshops focusing on Art, Dignity and Dementia have engaged participants with dementia and their carers in creative activities.   


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Two Mile Ash School pupils with artist Thom Rees

Forthcoming Project Space Exhibition

Two Mile Ash School: Creative Classrooms

6 - 29 June 2014

Preview: 5 June, 6 - 7.30pm 


Over the past few months MK Gallery has been working with Two Mile Ash School to deliver artist-led professional development workshops for teachers. The aim of the sessions has been to inspire and encourage teachers to use creative methods in their classrooms, and our June Project Space exhibition will display some of the key outcomes from the project. 

Old Stratford Primary School students enjoy an artist-led afterschool workshop

Changes to MK Gallery Formal Learning Programme

In order to make our programme for Schools, Colleges and Universities more consistent and accessible we have updated and adjusted our fees and booking procedures.

Teachers can now access all information about fees for tours and workshops via our website, and download a booking form for onsite visits. We are committed to delivering affordable activities for schools and educational groups, and can now offer a 50% reduction to all groups with SEN students; PRU’s and schools where there are a high percentage of students who qualify for free school meals.  

For more information contact, Hannah Gaunt, Formal Learning Manager Hgaunt@mkgallery.org or 01908 558305.

Sending Off Recruits (image courtesy of Living Archive)

AHA - MK Funding News: The Great War

MK Gallery is pleased to be part of the Arts and Heritage Alliance working on a major World War I Centenary project in Milton Keynes with funding from the Heritage Lottery Foundation.

 As part of the project, MK Gallery will partner with four local secondary schools to offer pupils the opportunity to work with professional artists and investigate the ways that visual arts can be used to explore war and conflict. 

Visit the AHA-MK website for full details of the project.

Teachers explore printmaking with artist Sue Baker Kenton

MK Creative Learning Network Summer School

Summer School 2014: Creative risk-taking in the Classroom 

23 - 25 July 2014 

MK Creative Learning Network has received funding from Artswork to host a three- day Summer School for local Key Stage 1 & 2 teachers. Coinciding with the Milton Keynes International Festival, the professional development event will explore practical and theoretical approaches to delivering inter-disciplinary arts projects in schools alongside the national curriculum.


Deadline for expressions of interest: 5pm, 6 June 2014.

Contact Victoria Mayes at MK Gallery for further information on 01908 558 327 or vmayes@mkgallery.org.


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