January 2015 Newsletter

Final Week

New City Art Prize

Until 11 January 2015


An exhibition of photography, sculpture, film and video by four leading artists in this inaugural £10,000 MK Community Foundation prize. 


The prize aims to connect emerging visual artists in and around Milton Keynes to national developments in contemporary art.


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Watch exhibition video / 

Watch the artists In Conversation with Adrian Searle


MK Community Foundation


Installation view showing the work of Siobhán Hapaska

Tehching Hseih: Punching the Time Clock (detail)

Next Exhibition

How to Construct a Time Machine

23 January - 22 March 2015

Preview: Thursday 22 January / 6-10pm / All welcome


An exhibition of over twenty-five historical and contemporary works that explore how artists play with media in innovative ways to transform our experience of time.


Includes works by John Cage, Mat Collishaw, Ruth Ewan, Tehching Hsieh, On Kawara, the Lumière Brothers, Kris Martin, Nam June Paik, Katie Paterson, Elizabeth Price, The Otolith Group, Raqs Media Collective, Sun Ra, Mark Wallinger, amongst others.


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Ruth Ewan: We Could Have Been Everything That We Wanted to Be, 2011

Exhibition Events

Thursday 22 January / Free / Pre-booking essential


How to Construct a Time Machine Exhibition Preview / 6pm - 10pm / Join us for the launch of our new exhibition. RSVP


Mark Wallinger and Ruth Ewan In Conversation with exhibition curator Marquard Smith / 7pm / A rare opportunity to hear How to Construct a Time Machine exhibitors Mark Wallinger and Ruth Ewan discuss their practice with exhibition curator Dr Marquard Smith.


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John Cage

Video Space Programme

John Cage: I have nothing to say and I am saying it (1990)

2 - 31 January 2015  


Running time: 55 minutes  


A late documentary exploring the work of maverick and highly influential American composer John Cage. 


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Pupils exploring the An-My Lê exhibition

Project Space Exhibition

Great Art Quest

9 January - 1 February 2015

Preview: Thursday 8 January 2015 / 5pm


In 2014, MK Gallery was selected as one of four art galleries in the UK to take part in the Great Art Quest, organised by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. This exhibition showcases artwork created by pupils from a number of local schools in Milton Keynes in response to the work of recent MK Gallery exhibitor, An-My Lê. 


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Roger Palmer: Morgan City (detail), 2004-2007

Tuesdays: Start the Art

Every Tuesday / 11am - 12 noon / Free  


This month's Start the Art takes inspiration from The Great Art Quest, a project designed to get children interested in visual arts through gallery visits and storytelling.


6 January / Create artworks inspired by Roger Palmer

13 January / Use unconventional methods to create a large painting

20 January / Be inspired by the book Miffy at the Gallery

27 January / Be inspired by the book A Day with No Crayons


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Talks & Workshops

Café Scientifique MK - Latest Technology in Water Treatment

Wednesday 21 January / 6.30pm / Free / Pre-booking essential  


Café Scientifique is an open forum for people of all ages and backgrounds to come and discuss science in an informal setting. Join us and explore the latest ideas and innovations in science and technology.  


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Counter Communities

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Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free


8 January / Film Screening - Counter Communities A documentary film exploring five architecture projects in the USA that share common origins in 'utopian tendencies' of the 1960s and 70s.


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


29 January / Ten Buildings that Changed Postwar Britain A talk by John Grindrod, author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain.

The Graduate (film still)

Friday Night Film

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

Pre-book on 01908 676 900   


9 January / 20,000 Days on Earth Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.


16 January / Tony Benn: Will and Testament A deeply personal look at the life of Tony Benn, the longest serving Labour MP in history.


23 January / The Graduate A screening of this 1967 coming-of-age story, to celebrate the life of director Mike Nichols.


30 January / Boyhood Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up.


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Mini Makers

Saturday Mini Makers

Every Saturday / 1pm - 3pm / Free / 5+ year olds and their families   


Explore the visual arts in this month's Mini Makers, which is inspired by The Great Art Quest


10 January / Explore the work of Siobhán Hapaska

17 January / Build your own miniature gallery

24 January / Make a time machine

31 January / Create artwork inspired by time travel

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Saturday Live Music

Film/Music Event: BYOB MK II: Inner City Riot

Saturday 31 January / 7.30pm / Free / Pre-booking essential


BYOB is a one-night-exhibition hosting artists, their projectors and a curated selection of live music.


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Cadences preview

Thank you to all those that have supported 15 for 15

15 for 15 will keep running until autumn 2015. If you haven’t already, please donate £15 to celebrate 15 years of world-class art and events at MK Gallery. That’s just £1 for each year that MK Gallery has been championing the arts. Please donate via this link. Thank you for your generosity. (Reg. charity nr, 1059678)



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