Space to Re:Place celebrates children’s curiosity, creativity and their extraordinary explorations of the places and spaces around them. It presents photographs, objects and films which tell the stories of what is possible when adults trust in children’s ideas and enable them to become protagonists of their own learning.
The exhibition is the culmination of a six month project, commissioned by the MK Cultural Education Partnership, to explore place-making and what this means to children and young people in Milton Keynes. It is the collaboration of over 300 primary school children, 13 teachers and 5 cultural organisations underpinned by principles of democratic and proactive learning. Unique provocations and creative encounters, each shaped by the children’s ideas and interests, are documented giving value to a range of creative processes. From decisions over materials and their use, to ideas about current social issues, children’s views and opinions have informed the approaches throughout – each process enabling them to affect the places and spaces that are important to them. The project was accompanied by a programme of CPD facilitated by 5x5x5=creativity.
With thanks to:
- all participating primary schools: Bishop Parker; Caroline Haslett; Holne Chase; Long Meadow; Middleton; Romans Field St. Monica's; St. Thomas Aquinas; Summerfield; and Willen.
- the five lead cultural organisations: Inter-Action MK; MÓTUS; Milton Keynes Arts Centre; Pagrav Dance; and Will We Be
- Investment funders MK Community Foundation and Artswork SE Bridge
MK Cultural Education Partnership
The MK Cultural Education Partnership (MK CEP) is a collective of organisations, MK Council departments and school leaders working across culture, education and youth - brought together by their drive to nourish the creative and cultural wellbeing of the children and young people in Milton Keynes (MK). Responding to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge it is the CEP’s ambition to provide children and young people with a breadth of cultural opportunities that actively support the development of social skills, increase motivation and confidence, pave the way for future career paths, and provide opportunities for the enjoyment and exploration of creative and cultural activities. MK CEP is led by MK Arts & Heritage Alliance (AHA) who have commissioned this programme.
The project and resulting exhibition has been supported with investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge and MK Community Foundation.