2017 Plate Fundraiser

David Batchelor drawing

David Batchelor, drawing for MK50 plate 2016

Common Ground

Yinka Ilori
May 2016 – July 2016

Do Good Because of Tomorrow with London based artist and designer Yinka Ilori in collaboration with fifteen children from Giffard Park Primary, Great Linford Primary and St Monica’s Catholic Primary schools, as the first stage of Common Ground.

Ibiye Camp
August 2016 – September 2016

Set Menu a creative response to the unique offer of Milton Keynes’s grid road systems and pockets of estates spread across its diverse City with workshops engaging local communities in a discovery of self-expression through colour, size, texture and unique style. Workshops were led by artists Ibiye Camp, Shepherd Manyika, Kay Davis, Safia El Dabi and Alex Brenchley.


Tom Dale
October 2016 – January 2017

Dragnet’s Spell, by Tom Dale, explored early manufacturing of lace through the relationships and networks of those who gathered to weave, socialise and share news; pre-dating the printing press to become an earlier form of information storage and sharing. A collaboration with Milton Keynes Lace Circles.

Izzy Parker
February 2017 – March 2017

Mark Making Parker collaborated with Stephenson Academy to run a 6 week project exploring the themes of time + identity. She asked students to explore their own identities by teaching them how to design and make their own signet rings and has explored her own by creating a new installation piece that visually represents time passed.



Common Ground expands upon Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s community participation and artist development programmes, offering a twelve month season of five distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Working with artists Yinka Ilori, Ibiye Camp, Tom Dale, Izzy Parker and Groundwork (Ashleigh Griffith and Cara Davies), our projects will see artists work directly with our communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops, professional and artistic development, salons and supper clubs targeting artists and practitioners based in Milton Keynes.

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Milton Keynes Arts Centre is a Registered Charity No. 1007409 and is supported by


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