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SEMLEP Growth Deal to include MK Gallery Expansion

Visualisation of MK Gallery Expansion by 6a architects

Visualisation of MK Gallery Expansion by 6a architects

Visualisation of MK Gallery Expansion by 6a architects

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has today announced an expansion in its Growth Deal with the Government which will see an extra £46.7m invested in the South East Midlands between 2016 and 2021. In the details released by Government today, MK Gallery Expansion is listed as one of the ten additional strategic investment projects that will be supported in the SEMLEP area.


The growth deal’s contribution will enable the gallery to expand, diversify its programme, build audiences and ensure sustainability, with double the current exhibition spaces, a dedicated learning facility, three independent cinema screens, a new informal cafe bar and shop by 2017 in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes.


Speaking of the selected projects in the South East Midlands area, Dr Ann Limb, OBE DL, Chair of SEMLEP said: "The projects build on the strengths of our area as identified in our Strategic Economic Plan, investing in key assets... and key sectors, including advanced engineering and the cultural and creative sector to deliver highly skilled jobs."


Anthony Spira, Director of MK Gallery, said: “We are delighted by this award via SEMLEP which recognises culture’s critical role in regional growth and is a major step towards providing a world-class art centre in Milton Keynes by 2017. MK Gallery is extremely proud to be supporting growth in this region, by providing high-quality cultural infrastructure that will create jobs, serve communities and make the region attractive to future residents, businesses and investors. Equally importantly, working with our communities, funders and partners, we will be able to positively benefit the lives of thousands more people each year, by enabling them to learn about, participate in and be inspired by the arts.”


More details of the SEMLEP Growth Deal are available HERE and HERE.


Find out about MK Gallery Expansion HERE.