MK Calling
Submissions deadline: Midnight Sunday 30th June 
Exhibition at MK Gallery: 15th Feb – 25th May 2020

We're inviting artists working across all art forms to take over MK Gallery!

This is your chance to submit your work to MK Calling, MK Gallery’s open call group exhibition showcasing the most dynamic work being made today. Alongside an exhibition in our galleries we invite artists working in performance, film, music and all other art forms to submit their work for a programme of events. For the first time we are also awarding two prizes for artists.   

We particularly invite applications from artists connected to Milton Keynes. Applications are welcomed from artists working in any medium as well as artist collectives and artists working collaboratively. We hope to learn about applicants practices and work with those selected to develop their presentation within the exhibition.

How to submit

Submissions should be made via this link

You can submit up to five examples of your practice. This can be in the form of images or links to video or audio works, or a combination of both (e.g. three images, two video or audio links). Your work will be selected by the material submitted.

All images should be submitted as JPEGs with a maximum file size of 1MB at a resolution of 300dpi.

No other formats will be accepted. Each image file must be named with your surname, first name and a number from 1-5 e.g. SmithJohn1.jpg. This number should correspond with the image information on your Summary Information. You will be asked to submit the following:

  •  Summary information: Name / postcode / email / daytime contact telephone number and full captions for work examples (title, media, date, dimensions, photo credits if relevant).
  • Artist Statement:  To include connection or link with Milton Keynes and/or how your work relates to Milton Keynes and/or the idea of the New City
  • CV
  • Recruitment Monitoring Form – Download form here

If you are a musician, performer, filmmaker or your work involves moving image or sound, please upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and paste links. Please supply samples of a maximum duration five minutes for presentation at the selection meeting, however, you may also supply full length links to support your application.

You may submit a mixture of images, audio links and videos but only a maximum of 5 examples of your practice in total.

Successful applicants will be contacted to discuss their entries in early September 2019 and invited to work with MK Gallery to select and develop works for presentation at MK Calling.


MK Calling Selectors Award – A cash prize of £4,000 will be awarded to a single artist or collective selected by the panel. The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening.

Audience Award – A cash prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the artist who receive the most votes from visitors during the exhibition.

Selection Panel

We are delighted that guest selectors Stephanie Macdonald, co-Founding Director of 6a Architects and artist Stuart Whipps will join MK Gallery Director, Anthony Spira, Curator, Public Programmes, Simon Wright, Head of Exhibitions, Fay Blanchard and Exhibitions Coordinator Elizabeth Brown to review submissions and select artists.

Guest Selector Biographies

Stephanie Macdonald BA (hons) DipArch studied fine art at Portsmouth College of Art and following a scholarship to Japan, architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Royal College of Art and London Metropolitan University with Caruso St John. She has developed the practice’s collaborative approach working with consultants, artists, designers and scientists. 6a architects was founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001. The practice is best known for its contemporary art galleries, educational buildings, artists’ studios and residential projects, often in sensitive historic environments. 6a architects' work includes public art galleries, Raven Row (2009), which won a riba Award in 2011, and the expanded South London Gallery (2010) which was followed by a collaboration with artist Gabriel Orozco on the Orozco Garden (2013) and the South London Gallery Fire Station (2018) as well as a new studio complex for photographer Juergen Teller (2016), winner of several riba awards and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2017. 6a designed the critically acclaimed new MK Gallery which opened in March 2019.

Stuart Whipps is an artist based in Birmingham, UK. Whipps’s work often originates from things he doesn’t understand and doesn't know how to do. Currently this includes restoring a 1979 Mini with the assistance of former British Leyland workers, training to make geological thin sections at the University of Birmingham and working with a seventeenth century sign language devised by Sir Christopher Wren. He has exhibited his work across the UK and internationally including solo exhibitions at Spike Island and Ikon Gallery. Whipps’s work was included in the British Art Show 8 and is held in collections including Arts Council England, the British Museum and New Art Gallery Walsall. He works predominantly with photography and video alongside reconfigured existing or remade materials. In 2017-18 Whipps conducted extensive research with Milton Keynes’s architects and residents, the Open University archives and Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre to produce Necessary Amendments, a book and film creating a topography of the new town’s history. 

Terms and conditions.

No fee is required to enter. Please bear in mind that the selection panel will be making their selection of artists from the material submitted. The selection panel will be selecting artists rather than individual works.  Please do not send additional catalogues, photographs or other material in support of your application to the Gallery as it cannot be reviewed by the selectors. It is also not possible to return any such materials to you. Please note that for administrative reasons, only applications providing all requested information in the stated required format can be considered. We are unable to supply feedback on unsuccessful applications. If you do not have access to the internet please telephone MK Gallery for assistance on 01908 676 900. Selected artists will be responsible for transport of art works to and from MK Gallery before and after the exhibition. No artworks can be deposited at MK Gallery until artists are invited to deliver them for exhibition. Artworks must be collected on specified dates following the exhibition. Artworks will be insured by MK Gallery whilst on our premises. Copyright remains with the artist, however by submitting to the exhibition the artist agrees to these Terms and Conditions, and if selected images of their work included in the submission may be used by MK Gallery for marketing, press and promotional materials online and in print at any time.