Learning Newsletter Autumn 2014

New Exhibition

An-My Lê

Until 23 November 2014


Photographic artist An-My Lê was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1960. Her family was evacuated from Vietnam at the end of the war in 1975 and became political refugees in the United States. While studying for an MFA at Yale in 1991, she began to explore autobiographical work - focusing on the theme of war, its myth and memory. 


Using a large format view camera, An-My Lê produces evocative images that reference the style and methods of 19th Century war photography.

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Detail from Small Wars photography series, 1999-2002

An-My Lê: Manning the Rail, USS Tortuga, Java Sea, 2010

Exhibition Resource Pack and Forward Programme

MK Gallery has produced an Exhibition Resource Pack for the current An My Lê exhibition. The pack is designed to give teachers and educators background information about the exhibition and ideas for activities focused on key pieces of work back in the classroom. 


Teachers can use these packs to deliver a free self-led tour of our exhibitions - please remember to let us know if you are planning to bring a large group by filling in our Onsite Learning Booking Form.

You can download the Exhibition Resource Pack and our newly updated Forward Planning Document from the Resources section of our website.

Work by one of the exhibitors

Project Space Exhibition


3 October - 2 November 2014


Throughout October, Community Learning MK presents Geometries in MK Gallery’s Project Space. The exhibition celebrates the geometric forms and shapes found in local architecture. The artwork on display has been produced in collaboration with Arts Central, Little Owls and Robins Chidren’s Centres, MacIntyre Lifelong Learning, Maybe Magazine, Reaching Out Project, and Slated Row School.


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Artwork by Emily Shepherd

Project Space Exhibition

Souvenir Point 

7 - 30 November 2014

Preview: Thursday 6 November / 6-8pm / All Welcome

Souvenir Point is a project by Milton Keynes born artist Emily Shepherd to celebrate The Point Cinema Complex. The project provides a platform to consider the significance of The Point not only to Milton Keynes, but as a significant marker in modern British architecture.  For one month in November, MK Gallery’s Project Space will embody Milton Keynes' persona as a shopping destination, and will be transformed into a gleaming souvenir shop front in homage to The Point.

A previous project by Jennifer Christine Stokes

Schools Workshops

Dance for Camera

Monday 24 November / 10-1pm

Milton Keynes Theatre and MK Gallery present Dance for Camera, an innovative cross-arts workshop aimed at pupils aged 14-18yrs who are interested in exploring contemporary dance practice and film. The session includes a practical dance workshop with Dance and Technology specialist Jennifer Christine Stokes and a back stage tour at Milton Keynes Theatre. 

The 3 hour Dance for Camera workshops are now available for bookings from school and educational groups of up to 25 students. The workshop is £8 per student, with a minimum charge of £160 per group. Contact Hannah Gaunt, hgaunt@mkgallery.org or 01908 558305.

Children participating in Great Art Quest 2012 at MK Gallery

Great Art Quest 2014

MK Gallery is pleased to be one of four arts partners for Great Art Quest 2014, a UK-wide project designed by Children & the Arts. The Great Art Quest will introduce children from local schools to MK Gallery and the An-My Lê exhibition. Working with an artist and storyteller the pupils will produce a creative response to the artwork, which will be presented in MK Gallery’s Project Space in January 2015.  

MK Gallery is delighted to announce that the schools taking part this year are Wavendon Gate School, Greenleys Junior School, Stanton School and Jubilee Wood School. 

School activities in MK Gallery’s exhibition spaces

MK Creative Learning Network

Art Forms: Creativity in Early Learning

Save the Dates

25 & 26 November 2014

MK Creative Learning Network has received funding from Artswork to host three days of CPD for local teachers working in Foundation and Key Stage 1. The sessions, devised in collaboration with Earlyarts, will explore practical and theoretical approaches to delivering inter-disciplinary arts projects in schools alongside the national curriculum, including key note speakers and practical, experimental workshops.


Further details and booking information will be announced soon. To express an interest in the sessions, please contact Zoe Kilb, MK Creative Learning Network Administrator: zoekilb@hotmail.co.uk


The new MK CLN Facebook page is regularly updated with news and opportunities for you, your school and students. ‘Like’  the MK Creative Learning Network at www.facebook.com/mkcreativelearningnetwork


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