August 2016 Newsletter

MK Gallery is Expanding

Follow our expansion blog and stay up-to-date with the latest news on the major renovation and expansion of the Gallery. 


Our galleries may be closed but there's lots to discover this August with our busy events and learning programme. 


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MK Gallery expansion: An indicative view of the galleries

Courtesy 6a architects

The final Green Town Group workshop

City Club

The Learning Team is nearing the end of Green Town Group, our first City Club: Garden inspired project which formed an investigation of local green spaces with four Milton Keynes based primary schools. 

Next we look towards City Club: Piazza and a partnership project with Norwich based artists Townley and Bradby, working with the children and families of local estates to explore how we can activate town spaces through play.

Christopher Daubney, Humanity is a work in progress

Project Space

Showcase 2016

4 - 21 August


A group exhibition throughout August presenting work by promising students from The University of Northampton, Bucks New University and The University of Bedfordshire. Artists include Christopher Daubney, Christopher Jones, Rebecca Herbert, Beth Holden, and Beth Black.


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Acoustic Night: Manny and the Coloured Sky

Events - Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free


4 August / Showcase 2016 Join us for the preview of Showcase 2016. Includes performances by Rebecca Herbert and Christopher Daubney. 


11 August / Improv Night An open session for musicians, sound artists and non-musicians interested in exploring improvisation.


18 August / Acoustic Night A showcase of the best emerging singer songwriters and instrumentalists in Milton Keynes.


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


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Our Little Sister

Events - Friday Night Film

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

Book online or by calling 01908 676 900


5 August / Our Little Sister A family drama based on the award-winning manga series Umimachi Diary.


12 August / The Brand New Testament This inventive, fantastical black comedy situates God in a drab flat in modern-day Brussels.


19 August / High Rise Ben Wheatley's unique and dazzling vision of a dystopian Britain on the brink of social meltdown.


26 August / Mustang A rousing tale of spirited youth and a powerful, moving and timely work of engaging social cinema.


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Delphine Dora

Events - Saturday Live Music

Sophie Cooper and Delphine Dora, Lust Rollers, Jonny Hill

and Glockenspiel

Saturday 13 August / Doors 7.30pm / £5


Sophie Cooper is a West Yorkshire based musician influenced by psychedelic pop, weird noise and drone. Delphine Dora is a musician from France, improvising mostly with voice and piano. 


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Filmmaking Masterclass with John Harrigan

Events - MK Young Filmmaker

Aged 4 to 19? MK Young Filmmaker of the Year 2016 is now open for entries. Find out more about this exciting competition here.


Related events this month include filmmaking masterclasses for young people interested in developing their industry expertise.


10am-4pm / £5 / For ages 16+


5 August / Filmmaking Masterclass with John Harrigan

19 August / Filmmaking Masterclass with Roy Heath


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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


2 & 3 August / Make a wind chime

9 & 10 August / Create a wonderfully leafy group sculpture

16 & 17 August / Join us for our Summer Arty Party!

23 & 24 August / Paint with clay, beetroot and natural materials

30 & 31 August / Be inspired by garden wildlife


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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. 


6 August / Create abstract short films using marbling techniques

13 August / Make a flip book animation

20 August / Create a series of mini beasts and stories

27 August / Imagine a future city through animation


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Arts Award at MK Gallery

Children and Families

Arts Award Sharing Session

Saturday 13 August / 12-1pm / Free / For pre-registered children only


All Arts Award participants registered with our summer group are invited to come along and share their arts experiences together. 


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A past family workshop

Children and Families

Collaborate Family Workshops

Friday 26 August / 10am-12noon or 2-4pm / £2pp

For children aged 7+ and their families 


Celebrate trees and make artwork to adorn them, in this family Tree Dressing workshop.


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Marcus Coates publication

New Publications

Recent additions to the Gallery Shop include:


Marcus Coates, £26

Eric Hattan - Works 1979-2015, £40

Olivia Plender - Rise Early, Be Industrious, £22


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Show your support for the MK Gallery expansion

We need your help to raise the final £700,000 to deliver a new, world-class cultural facility in Milton Keynes.    


Make Your Mark is a digital book ready and waiting for contributions from all those who value excellence in the arts. Share your creativity and enthusiasm for MK Gallery whilst helping us reach our fundraising total. Find out more


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