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MK Gallery launches Family-in-Residence scheme


This April, the Aylard family from Oxley Park became MK Gallery’s first “Family-in-Residence”. Their three month appointment marks the start of a pilot residency programme devised by MK Gallery’s Learning Team that seeks to involve families, staff and artists in the co-creation of whole family events that meet the needs and interests of its communities.


Over the course of a year the gallery will host four, successive Families-in-Residence. Each family will be assigned an MK Gallery Associate Artist to work with, and then commission them to deliver a one-off, public event at the end of their three month residency.  


MK Gallery’s Childhood Learning Coordinator Bethany Mitchell, explained: “As part of our City Club project whilst MK Gallery is being renovated and expanded, we are testing different ways of including our communities in the co-creation of our learning programme. Every three months we will recruit a different family and partner them with one of our Associate Artists for bespoke, exploratory workshops where they will identify subjects, themes, media and techniques that interest them. Inspired by their creative sessions, they will then conceive and commission the delivery of an open, family learning session at the end of their residency, that could appeal to the whole family, from babies and toddlers through to grandparents.”


Father, Jamie Aylard said: “We are really excited to be a part of this new MK Gallery family project and looking forward to starting work with our artist to see what we come up with!


The Gallery already has several families lined up to initiate the residency scheme but is interested in hearing from others who might want to be involved during the next 18 months. For more details email Bethany Mitchell or call the Gallery on 01908 676 900.