Learning Newsletter: Spring/Summer 2012

Visitors exploring exhibition

Current Exhibition

Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious

Until 17 June


Explore how education has changed over time, through four interactive installations, which include a 1970s TV studio and Google Office, complete with table football.


Watch an interview with the artist to find out more about the work on display, and get in contact if you'd like to arrange a visit for you and your pupils.


More information / View installation images / Book a school visit

Hariton Pushwagner, Soft City: Almost There (detail)

Next Exhibition

Pushwagner: Soft City

28 June – 2 September / Preview 27 June, 6pm


This summer we're presenting a visually stunning exhibition by Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner (b.1940)


Join us for a special end of year Teacher Tour of this exciting new show on Thursday 5 July at 4pm, where we'll also introduce our 2012/13 programme of exhibitions to support your summer planning.


More information / RSVP for Teacher Tour

Lost & Found: Looking for New Recruits!

Lost & Found offers fantastic opportunities for people aged 15-24 years to help the Gallery in creating exciting and challenging cultural projects and events, including visual art, music and film.


We’re particularly interested in hearing from teachers with students interested in getting involved – this is a fantastic opportunity for CV enhancement and achieving Arts Award. Please get in touch if you haven’t already! We can organise for two of our ex-members to visit your school and chat to pupils about their experiences.


Find out more / Email us

A Project Space exhibition

Host an Exhibition at MK Gallery

We're always on the lookout for proposals from schools and colleges, interested in presenting an exhibition in our Project Space. It could be a body of work produced by pupils in the classroom, or the result of a project in response to our exhibitions programme.  


Schools exhibiting this year include Long Meadow School in June, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School in November.


Find out more / Guidelines for proposals

A family visit to MK Gallery

Outside the Classroom

Please encourage your learners to visit the gallery independently or with their families. To complement the creative work you do within school, we programme a variety of exciting participatory opportunities for families and young people, including weekly art workshops, artist film screenings and cross-cultural events.


We're also happy to link up with PTAs, family support groups and local Children’s Centres.


See upcoming events

After School Art Clubs

Are you interested in working with us to organise an after-school art club at your primary or secondary school? Over the last twelve months, we’ve helped Two Mile Ash, White Spire, Christ the Sower and High Ash schools to organise and deliver artist-led clubs.


We will help you find a suitable artist, advise on content and organise a complimentary exhibition tour and visit to MK Gallery for those participating.


Get in contact

Creative Practitioner Pool

We've spent the last few weeks interviewing a long list of locally / regionally based artists, poets, storytellers, dancers, and performers to become members of our expanded pool of Creative Practitioners.


Over the next few months, we will be posting profiles of them all on our website, to enable you to pick and choose who you would like to work with when you visit the Gallery.


Keep an eye on the Learning section of our website for further details.

A school visit to MK Gallery

MK Creative Learning Network

MK Gallery and The Stables recently established the MK Creative Learning Network, a group of around 25 arts, cultural and heritage organisations based in Milton Keynes who have an educational output.


The Network’s main aim is to work collaboratively in order to improve the line of communication with local schools and make it easier for teachers to find information about local artists, workshops and CPD opportunities.


We will update you on our progress in future newsletters but in the meantime, please get in touch if you would like more information, or if you would like to attend a future meeting.

" Peace Begins with Us"

Lions International Peace Poster Contest

Each year Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups, encouraging young people, ages 11 – 13, to artistically express their visions of peace by designing a peace poster.


One international grand prize winner will receive a trip to a special award ceremony in New York.


Find out more / Contact us

Henley Review of Cultural Education

If you haven’t done so already, we recommend that you take a look at Darren Henley’s independent review of Cultural Education in England, commissioned by the current government.


Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM, was asked to consider how we can ensure the ambition that every child should experience a wide variety of high quality cultural experiences, ensuring both quality and best use of public investment. 


Read more


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