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MK Gallery joins Plus Tate network


Tate has today announced that its contemporary visual arts network, Plus Tate, is to expand by sixteen institutions, including MK Gallery. Plus Tate was launched in 2010 to share collections and expertise and build a network which would use the resources of Tate and the national partners to strengthen the contemporary visual arts ecology in the UK. The expansion comes in the wake of the Warwick Commission Report which highlighted the importance of building strong arts organisations outside London.


MK Gallery succeeded in joining the network via an open application process, in which a premium was placed on a strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding public programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art. In addition to its main gallery exhibitions, MK Gallery has an extensive learning and public events programme, providing thousands of people each year with positive arts experiences.


MK Gallery Director Anthony Spira welcomed the news, commenting “We look forward to being part of the Plus Tate network, sharing knowledge and experience with peers across the country for the benefit of our respective organisations and audiences.”


The sixteen new partners announced today are:


Artes Mundi in Cardiff, Camden Arts Centre, Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, Chisenhale Gallery in London, The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Golden Thread in Belfast, Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, Liverpool Biennial, The MAC Belfast, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, the South London Gallery and Spike Island in Bristol.


They join the original eighteen partners which are:


Arnolfini, BALTIC, Cornerhouse/HOME, firstsite, Glynn Vivian, Grizedale Arts, The Hepworth Wakefield, Ikon, Kettle’s Yard, mima, MOSTYN, Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, The Pier Arts Centre, Towner, Turner Contemporary, Whitworth Art Gallery, Wysing, plus the four Tate galleries.


Research published in January, Plus Tate: Connecting Art to People and Places, revealed the significant regenerative and economic benefits of these organisations. The enlarged Plus Tate group will meet together for the first time in July 2015 to set the agenda for the next phase of development to 2020.


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