May 2014 Newsletter
Current Exhibition

Melanie Smith

11 April – 15 June 2014 


Although born in the UK, Melanie Smith moved to Mexico 25 years ago and has become one of their most celebrated contemporary artists. This is her first UK survey exhibition, with work from 1994 to the present day, including a new film, Fordlandia (2014), shot in an abandoned city and rubber plantation built in the Amazon in the 1920s by Henry Ford. 


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View installation images

Watch the exhibition video 

Watch the artist In Conversation


Melanie Smith, Installation view, MK Gallery, 2014

Luis Barragán

Sound Installation

Open Music Archive: Biblioteca, Tapanco, Recámara

Until 15 June 2014

Margaret Powell Square 


This new sound installation by artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White takes music ripped from the vinyl collection of Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902 - 1988). 


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Open House | Divided Estates (film still)

Video Space Programme

Open House | Divided Estates (2013)

A film by Eileen Simpson and Ben White

1 May - 31 May 2014 / Running time: 10 mins (looped) 


Shot on location in Mexico City, Open House | Divided Estates explores the complex web of propriety rights locked within Casa Barragán, the former home of Luis Barragán, and his extensive collection of vinyl records. 


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Work created by one of the exhibitors

New Project Space Exhibition

Art and Dementia

2 May - 1 June 2014

An exhibition of work created by people with dementia and their carers. Includes drawing and printmaking inspired by the sculpture of Henry Moore; paint, colour and collage inspired by Matisse and Kandinsky; and mosaic based on vintage fabric designs.  

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Start the Art

Tuesdays: Start the Art

Every Tuesday / Drop-in 11am - 12 noon / Free 


May’s Start the Art sessions for children aged under 5 years old are inspired by the outdoors. 


6 May / Decorate plant pots and plant seeds

13 May / The art of sun printing

20 May / Explore the sounds of summer

27 May / Make decorative garden plaques


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Keren Cytter: Vengeance (film still, detail), 2013. 

Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free  


1 May / Improv Night An open session for musicians, sound artists and non-musicians interested in exploring improvisation and developing new musical relationships. 


8 May / Talk: City Visions Julia Upton, Prof. Gerd Kortuem and Linda Inoki expand upon their 'city vision', following on from a talk held last year which explored personal visions for Milton Keynes. 


15 May / OYAP Trust: Young Leaders in the Arts This week's Scratch Night is presented with OYAP Trust, an independent charity that specialises in creating opportunities for young people to engage with the arts.


22 May / The Future City Debate: Priming the Local Economy This talk will address how we prepare for growth in the future, and a diverse and prosperous local economy that embraces enterprise and forward thinking ideas.


29 May / Artist Moving Image programme - Keren Cytter New York-based artist Keren Cytter’s episodic video works evoke the format of sitcoms and daytime TV dramas.


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¡Que viva México!

Friday Night Films

Films begin at 7pm unless otherwise stated / £5 (£3 Concessions)

Pre-book on 01908 676 900     


2 May / Leap Year Michael Rowe's intense and powerful film was winner of the 2010 Caméra d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.  


16 May / ¡Que viva México! A vivid tapestry of Mexican life by Russian avant-garde director Sergei Eisenstein.


23 May / Mister John An eerie ‘dead man’s shoes’ drama set in Singapore, starring Aidan Gillen.


30 May / Family Film Screening: The King and the Mockingbird A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. 


30 May / Y Tu Mamá También In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. 


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Mini Makers

Saturday Mini Makers

Every Saturday / 1pm - 3pm / Free

5+ year olds and their families    


May’s Mini Makers take their inspiration from our current exhibition by Melanie Smith.


3 May / Create a 'Garden of Eden' using collage

10 May / Build a sculptural jungle

17 May / Explore Melanie Smith's collages

24 May / Combine collage and paint to create abstract prints


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Saturday Live Music

Saturdays / 7.30pm / £4 on the door 


10 May / Juffage, Velodrome, plus more bands TBC


17 May / MYYTHS, Sunwølf, Winter Isle plus more TBC


31 May / Ryoko Akama, Sarah Hughes, Jonny Hill, and Pouya Ehsaei


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Lost & Found members, 2013

Workshops for Young People

Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 May

4 - 8pm / Free / Pre-booking essential

For ages 16 - 24


Join artist Thom Rees to explore themes from our forthcoming Cadences exhibition. With a particular focus on the work of artist Catherine Yass, these workshops will encourage visual responses to the notions of falling, destruction and sound in preparation for a Project Space exhibition at MK Gallery. 


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A past family workshop

Collaborate: May Half Term Workshops

Friday 30 May / 10am - 12noon or 2pm - 4pm / Free

For children aged 7+ and their families  


With the aid of multiple speakers and microphones, and a host of textures, shapes and materials, artist Aaron Head and sound artist Jonny Hill will lead you in creating your own unique ‘DIY Orchestra’. 


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A past family workshop

Double your donation to MK Gallery

MK Gallery is taking part in a fundraising match challenge and is asking for your support. Starting at 10am on 1 May, and running for the whole month, donations made to MK Gallery can be matched pound for pound by MK Community Foundation. This means that your donation could be doubled at no additional cost to you.


Please support MK Gallery, by making us a donation on 1 May via localgiving.com. Your donation enables more people to experience, learn, participate in and enjoy the arts.

Hendrick Goltzius: Icarus (1588)

Forthcoming exhibition

This summer, the exhibition Cadences (27 June – 7 September 2014) will combine historical and modern works around themes of falling, destruction, gravity and the Greek myth of Icarus. A major film installation by Catherine Yass will be presented alongside works from Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam by artists including Bas Jan Ader, Neri di Bicci, Constant, Jean Dubuffet, M.C. Escher, Lucio Fontana, Hendrick Goltzius, Wassily Kandinsky, Bruce Nauman, Bridget Riley, Christopher Wool and many more.


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