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Edna Read

Photo by Archie Sinclair

Photo by Archie Sinclair

Photo by Archie Sinclair

Edna Read, passed away 24 October 2012


We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Edna Eguchi Read FRSA, an artist, entrepreneur, curator and passionate campaigner for the arts in Milton Keynes.

Since the beginning of Milton Keynes, Edna worked with the Development Agencies to integrate the work of artists into its buildings and landscape and to promote its image as The City of Sculpture. Edna was instrumental in so many of the city’s cultural organisations, including the Milton Keynes Gallery and Theatre Company, Aim Gallery, the Public Arts Trust and the Sculpture Walk for Emigre Artists at Bletchley Park.


Paying tribute, MK Gallery Director, Anthony Spira, said:


Edna was an irrepressible force determined that Milton Keynes should have the highest standards of arts and culture possible. Her formidable energy, enthusiasm and skills of persuasion have given her a legendary status within the history of art in Milton Keynes, from the 1970s when she personally picked up paintings by Modern Masters inclusding Wassily Kandinsky from galleries in Cork Street for display at Milton Keynes Library. We are all indebted to her visionary and pioneering work and will continue to build on the foundations that she laid.


Will Cousins, Chairman, said:


Anyone who came into contact with Edna was left in no doubt about her passion for the arts and Milton Keynes. Her belief in the power of art to transform place and people was inextinguishable. The fire burned bright within Edna. There will never be another like her and I urge all those who knew her to carry forward her legacy and carry on fighting for what she so passionately believed in. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with her family and close friends.


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