September 2012 Newsletter

New Exhibition

James Welling:
The Mind on Fire

14 September – 25 November
Preview: 13 September 

All welcome

This show brings together 150 early works from the 1980s by the American artist James Welling, charting the development of his experimental and abstract photography.


Exhibition information




James Welling, Summation, 1981. Image © and courtesy the artist

James Welling, Diary Landscape (A15), 1977-8.

Artist Talk

James Welling

Saturday 13 October / 2pm / Free


Hear LA based artist James Welling (b.1951) talk about his photographic practice and work in his MK Gallery exhibition, The Mind on Fire.  Welling's work is held in major museum collections worldwide and he currently heads the photography area of the Art Department of UCLA, in California.


The talk will be preceded by a pre-bookable Photographic Portfolio Review session suitable for students through to experienced photographers, with one-to-one advice from an expert panel. 


Artist Talk informationBook your place / Portfolio Review information

Film still, Stan Brakhage

Video Space

Historical  Abstract  Films

4 – 30  September / Free


Welling's intense exploration of photography informs this month's video space programme on MK Gallery's first floor.  Focusing on abstraction and the material quality of film itself, this historical programme will present a small selection of exploratory works by early artist filmmakers, including Harry Smith, Paul Sharitis and Stan Brakhage. 


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Karolina Lebek.
Landscapes of Poland. 

Project Space Exhibition

Showcase 2012


This series of eight, week-long exhibitions in MK Gallery Project Space across August and September presents work by students and fine art graduates from The University of Northampton, Bucks New University, The University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes College.


Find out more about the artists

Rachel Reupke, Film Still
From Alma Mater, LUX Touring programme

Thursday Scratch Nights

Thursdays / 7pm / Free


6 September / Video Screening
Alma Mater, 
LUX's 2012 touring programme of recent British video
13 September / James Welling Preview (including DJ)
20 September / Photography Display
From Islamic Arts & Heritage's recent Culture & Heritage Festival
27 September / Screening and Talk
Artist Aaron Head introduces his new film Tour of Failure


See full listing of events

Nicole Kidman as Diane Arbus

Friday Night Film

7 September / Blank City
Renegade New York film makers from the late 1970s - mid 1980s

14 September / Pecker
18-year-old Pecker'sphotos appeal to New York art collectors

21 September / Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye
Biography of one of the 20th century's great photographers

28 September / Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
Nicole Kidman as iconic photographer Diane Arbus


See full listing of events / Every Friday, 6.30pm, £5 (£3 concs)

The Sans Pareil

Saturday Live Music

Saturdays at 7pm / Free


8 September / Improv Night
An open session for musicians interested in exploring improvisation
22 September /  Acoustic Night
An open session dedicated to acoustic performances

29 September / The Sans Pareil, Mrs Pilgrimm + Line and a Dot
London five piece band, with support from two Northampton based artists

See full listings

James Welling, 
Hands 1, 1975


Children and Families

This month in Mini Makers explore stencilling, photography and elements of transparency, semi-abstract photographs, drawing with light in sun printing, and fun with Polaroids. Free, every Saturday from 1 - 3pm, ages 4+. 


In Start the Art sessions for parents with toddlers, this month use collage to create James Welling inspired artwork, meet storyteller John Kirk, experiment with sun printing techniques, and found objects. Free, every Tuesday from 11am - 12noon.


See full listing of events


Rachel Marshall, Block D Interior, Bletchley Park

Station X moves to Bletchley Park

The Station X exhibition, which was first presented at MK Gallery Project Space earlier this year is to be included in Ghost Train, new exhibition at Bletchley Park.  


Visitors from MK postcodes can view the exhibition free from 6-9 September during the Heritage Open Days weekend.

Stian Ådlandsvik, Untitled 1

Stian Ãlandsvik at Stoke Mandeville

Coinciding with the current London 2012 Paralympic Games, a selection of Norwegian artist Stian Ådlandsvik ’s collages are on view at Stoke Mandeville Hospital (29  August - 23 September) before they transfer to Bucks New University.


This work was first shown in July as part of Ådlandsvik's exhibition Take These Hands in MK Gallery Project Space. 

Winner Max age 6

Pushwagner Prize Draw Winner

Max Holland aged six was the winning entrant in the Gallery's Pushwagner exhibition free prize draw for visitors who completed a gallery survey.


Lucky Max has won a copy of the Pushwagner exhibition catalogue (worth £35) and a pair of tickets to the Edvard Munch exhibition at Tate (worth £28).

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