February 2017 Newsletter


Starting this month, a season of films will explore the relationship between art and gardening, taking its cue from the new garden that City Club lead artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman are designing. 


On 24 February I, Claude Monet, looks at one of the most famous artist-designed gardens in the world, Monet's own at Giverny.


The evening begins with a talk by gardening historian,

Dr. Twigs Way. 


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Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge (detail), 1899.

National Gallery of Art. 

One of the Green Town Group participants

Project Space

The Art of Outdoor Learning

3 - 26 February / Admission free


This exhibition celebrates outdoor learning. On display will be artwork created by children and families involved in Green Town Group, alongside photographs and a short film. These will be presented within the wider context of curator James Aldridge's practice, and the national picture of primary art education and outdoor learning.


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Q:Creative marks the start of LGBT History Month in MK

Events - Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm


2 February / Q:Creative A night of creative performance marking the start of LGBT History Month in Milton Keynes.


9 February / Thomas Eke: Long, Long Time A performative talk based on Thomas Eke’s ongoing research into solar related events.


16 February / Weaving Trust Come and meet people from other communities and share your experiences of life in Milton Keynes. 


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


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Film still from Be Our Selves

Events - Friday Night Films

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

Book online or by calling 01908 676 900 


3 February / Captain Fantastic A father is forced to challenge his idea of what it means to be a parent.


10 February / Love & Friendship Whit Stillman’s exquisite adaptation of Jane Austen’s early novella, Lady Susan.


17 February / By Our Selves Retrace poet John Clare's journey on foot from Epping Forest up into Northamptonshire. With a pre-screening talk by author Judith Allnatt. 


24 February / I, Claude Monet A fresh new look at the work of Claude Monet - through his own words. 


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Pianist Mark Pringle

Saturday Live Music

Conscia Jazz presents: Mark Pringle & Tom Syson

Saturday 4 February / Doors 8pm / £7.50 in advance, £8.50 on the door


Embracing influences from the golden early years of jazz and the contemporary avant-garde, award-winning pianist Mark Pringle and unique young trumpeter Tom Syson weave rich melodic tapestries.


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Work created by school children during an outdoor learning session

Other Events

Free / Pre-booking essential


3 February / 2pm / Future City Talk A talk aiming to stimulate creative discussion and debate around subjects that are vital to the growth and vitality of Milton Keynes.


22 February / 2.30pm / Ways of Listening A hands on CPD session aimed at primary school teachers wishing to focus on outdoor learning. 


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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 


Join us this month as we explore all things garden-related through a number of techniques and approaches, ranging from sculpture to working with colour and light. 


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Work created at a past family session

Children and Families

Saturday Studio

Every Saturday / 1-3pm / 5+ year olds / £1 on the door    


Work together as a family to explore, question and create in these weekly artist-led sessions. 


4 February / Make flower sculptures from reclaimed materials

11 February / Create floral artworks inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe

18 February / Use 3D collage to create a wild flower meadow

25 February / Create amazing garden mosaics


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Children participating in Green Town Group 

Children and Families

Spring Half Term Workshops

Friday 17 February / 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm

£1 per person on the door / Pre-booking essential

For ages 5+ and their families


Join artist Alice Boland-Rhodes and make your very own walking sketchbook in response to this month's Project Space exhibition, The Art of Outdoor Learning


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Some of the artists involved in MK Calling 2015

Open Call for Submissions

MK Calling is back! We invite all cultural and creative people connected to Milton Keynes to take over MK Gallery.


The Gallery is currently closed before construction begins on our major expansion. This exhibition will offer behind-the-scenes access to the entire ground floor, including the old workshop, loading bay, shop and other improvised areas.


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1 March 2017.


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Show your support for the MK Gallery expansion

We need your help to raise the final £600,000 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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