Our Mission Statement
MK Gallery provides access to high quality, innovative and thought-provoking contemporary art from around the world. In its programme MK Gallery stimulates participation and debate, building relationships between artists and audiences.
MK Gallery presents free, changing exhibitions of exceptional art. Renowned for its exhibitions of international contemporary art, the gallery’s programme is diversifying to include historical shows alongside the contemporary.
MK Gallery was founded in Central Milton Keynes in 1999 as part of a major theatre and gallery complex. While the theatre has become one of the most successful outside of London, the gallery opened with a solo show by Gilbert & George and has presented a very broad range of exhibitions, from Archigram to Gilberto Zorio via Michael Craig-Martin, Nasreen Mohamedi, Piranesi and Andy Warhol. The Gallery tours its exhibitions to international partners across the world, is a regular publisher, and producer of a dynamic and diverse public programme, working closely with local schools and community groups.
MK Gallery is part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio and a member of the Plus Tate network.
MK Gallery is undertaking a major capital expansion. This will see the current building double in size and the creation of new cultural facilities in Milton Keynes. The Gallery and its programmes will be transformed through doubled exhibition spaces for historical as well as contemporary art, a multi-purpose auditorium - for film, music, dance and other activities -overlooking the city’s green spaces, a dedicated learning and community space, excellent access facilities and a welcoming new café bar and shop.
Working on a design by award-winning 6a architects, the expansion is being delivered by main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland with project management and contract administration by Jackson Coles. The Gallery will reopen in early 2019.