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Arts Bursary artists to Exhibit at MK Gallery next summer

Arts Bursary presentation evening visitors

Arts Bursary presentation evening visitors

Arts Bursary presentation evening visitors

Eight Arts Bursary artists to exhibit at MK Gallery 


At an Award ceremony held at MK Gallery last night, sound artist Caroline Devine was announced as the winner of the MK Community Foundation's £8,000 Arts Bursary Award. The award is given to an emerging local artist to develop their career prospects, artistic skills, or to concentrate on a new body of work. The funds can be used to buy equipment, for training or travel, to rent a work space or simply to cover living costs. These bursaries are designed to help and support artists and encourage artistic endeavours in Milton Keynes.


But the winner and the other seven shortlisted artists received a welcome additional prize when MK Gallery's Director Anthony Spira used the occasion to announce that he has offered them all a group exhibition at MK Gallery next summer.


Mr Spira, who was on the Arts Bursary Award judging panel this year said: "I was so impressed with the talent and promise shown by all eight shortlisted artists that I am delighted to offer them the opportunity to present their work in a group exhibition at MK Gallery next summer. It's a tribute to the Bursary and to Milton Keynes that such talented individuals working in photography, drawing, painting and cross-stitching will have this opportunity to reach a broader audience."


Speaking of the announcement, Julia Upton, Chief Executive of the MKCF said: "MK Gallery has established an excellent reputation for the exhibitions of international contemporary art that it presents. The Community Foundation is delighted that all eight of these locally based artists have the opportunity to present their work to the public in such a prestigious and highly professional venue. It will no doubt be of benefit to them all in terms of their artistic and professional development."


Julia added that the Bursaries demonstrate the Foundation's continued drive to support the city's arts community and to encourage artistic endeavors in Milton Keynes. Since April 2007, the Foundation has awarded more than £450,000 to arts-related projects in Milton Keynes. 


For more details about the Arts Bursary Award Winners click here.