January Family Newsletter

John Kirk in a storytelling session 

Start the Art

Every Tuesday, 11am-12noon / Free / Drop In

Throughout February Start the Art introduces some themes and materials used in the current exhibition by Silvia Bächli and Eric Hattan.


Tuesday 29 January For National Storytelling Week we welcome back storyteller John Kirk, to introduce a magical session based on the popular story Lilly and the Magic Moonbeam.


Tuesday 5 February

Focusing on the work displayed in our Long Gallery we explore a world of squiggles and wiggles and use lines and mark-making to celebrate Chinese New Year.


Tuesday 12 February

Inspired by our current exhibition you will use photographs and images to create a collage to take home.


Tuesday 19 February

Make your own story book including objects and themes from the exhibition.


Tuesday 26 February

Returning to the simple 'line' we take a closer look at how artist Silvia Bächli uses it in her work.


Find out more

A previous Space to Create session

Mini Makers

Every Saturday, 1-3pm

For children 4+ and their families


26 January / The Art of storytelling with John Kirk

To celebrate the start of National Storytelling Week, explore our exhibition with Storyteller John Kirk and build a collaborative story to bring the artworks to life.


2 February / Drawing Shadows with Clare Ridgeway

Trace floor and wall shadows using a variety of different mediums to discover a variety of shapes.


9 February / Collages and Drawings with Thom Rees

Cut, stick and draw with artist Thom Rees, to explore the boundaries between printed image and hand-made drawing and painting, inspired by current exhibitors Eric Hattan and Silvia Bächli.


16 February / Through the Keyhole with Aaron Head

Learn how to create your very own private world in miniature; a world that once complete, will only be viewable through a cleverly placed spyhole.


23 February / Masks and Movement with 'Space to Create'

Space to Create invite you to select key themes from the exhibition and translate them into a mask for a character. Make your masks using collage, drawn elements and 3D pieces and wear it in the fun creative movement session that follows.

A piece by artist Aaron Head

February Half Term

Cardboard City with Aaron Head

Friday 22 February / 10am-12noon & 2-4pm

Artist Aaron Head will be helping participants to create a sprawling cardboard metropolis.


Arts Award Sharing Session

Friday 22 February 12noon-2pm

This is a great opportunity to look back over the art experiences you may have taken part in over the winter and discuss new ideas together. This event is pre-bookable by calling MK Gallery on 01908 676 900.


Arts Award

The Discover Arts Award is a national participatory scheme for young people aged 7 and over. It's about new creative opportunities - seeing, trying, doing, enjoying and experiencing different artists and their work.


Taking part in any activity at MK Gallery counts towards your Arts Award.  Visit our exhibitions or Mini Makers sessions, then record your experience. If you wish to work towards your Discover Arts Award at MK Gallery you MUST register your interest with vmayes@mkgallery.org in order to get your Arts Log and further information.  Please note that an administration cost of £10 applies.

Young People are our Future

Monday 18 February / 10:30am - 12:30pm / Free

An event for parents and children at MK Gallery


Young People Are Our Future is a charity created to provide young people with everything they need to achieve all that they want. This session will introduce children to a unique set of life skills that will increase their personal safety, confidence, self esteem, communication skills and much more. This free event is designed for young people aged between 5 - 16 years although parents or guardians are encouraged to participate.


Find out more / To book your free place(s) email your child's name and age to gary@youngpeopleareourfuture.org 

MK Pre-School Learning Alliance

Friday 8 February, 10-2pm

Chinese New Year with MK Pre-School Learning Alliance

An event for parents and children under five at MK Gallery

The Pre-school Learning Alliance invites you to come along to a free event celebrating Chinese New Year and the year of the snake.  Enjoy crafts, stories, shadow puppets and more, plus information about other activities available in Milton Keynes for families and children under five years of age.


MK Natural Learning Community

Sessions every Wednesday throughout February and March

Places limited, booking essential


MK Natural Learning Community is a group of like-minded parents seeking to create an inclusive, nurturing learning environment. Interested in home educating their children, the group offers opportunities for families to interact and learn in the company of other families. The MK Natural Learning Community will host MKNLC days every Wednesday at MK Gallery throughout February and March 2013. To find out more information or to book a place for your family please visit http://mknlc.com/about/

Family Feedback

We welcome your comments and ideas about our current and future family activities.  Be part of our informal Feedback Group by sending your feedback to: vmayes@mkgallery.org.


Dohl Drumming with Festive Road


2012 Highlights

Last March Festive Road ran a whole month of Mini Makers to celebrate their exhibition in MK Gallery’s Project Space that month. Families enjoyed Dohl Drumming, making carnival characters and learning how to create energy from unused junk.

During April  we hosted events to celebrate the launch of Cave, a new public artwork for Milton Keynes in Campbell Park. Start the Art welcomed storyteller John Kirk, who took parents and toddlers on an exciting adventure to discover the Cave, re-enacting the well-known book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by author Michael Rosen. We were delighted to be joined by The Parks Trust to explore animals and their natural habitats and toddlers enjoyed getting very messy creating larger than life cave drawings to explore the well-known book Cave Baby by successful author Julia Donaldson.


November welcomed artists and themes explored through St. Thomas Aquinas School’s Project Space exhibition, celebrating London 2012 and the Olympic values.  Families were invited to meet and work with each of the four artists; Tara Williamson, Veronica Cocca, Sian Griffiths and Liz Sheppard and enjoy the work displayed by the children from the whole school.


2012 Highlights photo set


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