Jewellery demo

Heritage Open Day 2017

Sunday 10 September 2017
Free Drop-in Workshops, 11am–3pm

Life Drawing: Nature inspired still life drawing with Sara Myers 
Ceramics: Hand building in ceramics with Gabrielle Radiguet 
Jewellery: Twisted ring making with Alex Smith 
Sculpture: Constructing bird boxes with guest artsit Izzy Parker 

Supported by MK Community Foundation

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MK50 Heritage Craft Workshop with Izzy Parker

21 January, 1–3pm 
Free, all welcome

In celebration of MK50 Birthday Weekend, Milton Keynes Arts Centre presents an afternoon workshop with designer and maker Izzy Parker, exploring the recent and historic heritage of Great Linford’s 17th Century site, designing and making objects for the home fit for purpose until the Centennial 2067 celebrations.


An Ideal Syllabus

May–October 2016

Milton Keynes Arts Centre presented An Ideal Syllabus; a new professional development programme 
supporting Milton Keynes based artists, designers and makers. Targeted post degree artists who live, work or who have studied in Milton Keynes with an aim to further develop a new peer group network of practitioners based in and championing Milton Keynes.

In partnership with Milton Keynes Council


Schools Art Menu

Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s Schools Art Menu provides arts and contemporary craft workshops and experiences for all Key Stages led by our Artist Associates, with each workshop held within our specialist resource areas including art studio, ceramic studio, woodshop and silversmith.

The Schools Art Menu offers both half and full day workshops for up to 30 students per session led by artists and makers in:

  • Ceramics and Pottery
  • Designing and Making
  • Exploring geographic & cultural differences in city and landscapes

Open Door MK, Heritage Craft Workshop

Milton Keynes Arts Centre collaborated with 25 of Open Door MK clients over a 14 month long project exploring techniques and use of heritage crafts. With four weeks dedicated each to basket weaving, lace making, blacksmithing and green-wood working. Participants were able to gain extensive transferable skills in tool management, developing confidence in a social and safe environment while reawakening interests in practical skills.

Supported by The Radcliffe Trust


An Ideal Syllabus II

July – September 2017

An Ideal Syllabus II programme offers artistic and professional development to young people living in Milton Keynes studying at 6th form level. Throughout the summer months, a programme of lectures, presentations, workshops and gallery visits will prepare participants for the next steps in higher education, with focus on careers in the arts. 

Supported by Milton Keynes Community Foundation

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An Ideal Syllabus II, Introduction to a design studio

Over a three part workshop, students developed their documentation and contextualising thought processes through a series of drawing, design and narrative workshops leading towards the formation of a printed and bound book.

Workshop 1. The Beginning
Workshop 2. The Middle
Workshop 3. The End

A published compilation of student’s documentation, hand bound in a ceremonial setting, pays homage to the periods of time the process has taken - offering a moment for each participant to reflect on their role in An Ideal Syllabus II.

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Pottery Parties

Available on Saturdays 10am – 11:30am or 11am – 12:30pm

We are delighted to offer our purpose built ceramic studios as a fantastic location for your children’s birthday party. A pottery party is a fun, unusual and entertaining theme for a birthday party that at the same time enables children to learn a new skill and create a treasured pottery piece to remember the big day.

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The Inside Out Kitchen

Heritage Craft Workshops with young people from Milton Keynes
January 2017 – July 2017

Milton Keynes Arts Centre invited students from Stantonbury Campus, Two Mile Ash School, Denbigh School and The Walnuts School to participate in a six-month collaborative heritage craft project with artisan designers and makers; Rob Shaer, Blackhorse Workshops, Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge, Forest + Found, Felicity Irons, Rush Matters and Alissa Pemberton, Forest & Folk Botanicals. Inside Out Kitchen explores ideas of what a kitchen is, could be, and its communal role as a space for bringing communities together.

Supported by Ernest Cook Trust 


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Free Family Workshop, Summer Garland Paper Sculptures

Saturday 22 September, 10am–12pm
Suitable for all ages

Artist Anna Berry will work with families to produce beautiful summer garlands exploring the possibilities of creativity with paper.


Power Plant 2015

01 August –29 August 2015

Power Plant was a programme of workshops and events for children, young people and adults focused on Making, Growing and Eating in and across the Arts Centre’s unique heritage site. Collaborating with artists and practitioners, participants created artworks throughout the programme which contributed to a collective exhibition and a celebratory supper for all.

Supported by Milton Keynes Community Foundation


A Space of Possibilities with Studio Weave

A year-long community project culminating in a Pavilion designed and built by Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s local families with guidance and support from architects Studio Weave. Through a series of character design, woodworking and tool handling workshops taking place within the Arts Centre gallery and surrounding gardens, the idiosyncrasies and unique resources of this heritage site were celebrated and interweaved to create a focal space for play and interaction.

Supported by Comic Relief

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Power Plant 2017

07 June – 26 July 2017 
Artists collaborate with adults and young people from Milton Keynes communities; MacIntyre, MK Snap, Open Door, Pritchard Court and The Walnuts School, in a series of textile and ceramic workshops inspired by the heritage of Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s unique location. 


Saturday Session with Andrew Gillespie

'Setting Up Shop' with Andrew Gillespie
Saturday 26 May, 11am–3pm including networking lunch 

Saturday Sessions
is an artist's professional development series of guest lectures, workshops and peer-to-peer opportunities the last Saturday of every month at Milton Keynes Arts Centre. 


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Free Family Workshop, Floating In The City

Saturday 8 September, 10am–12pm
Milton Keynes Arts Centre (leading to the Floating Cinema docked in Great Linford Manor Park)

Join Tracing the Pathway artist Cara Davies on a short journey from Milton Keynes Arts Centre to the Floating Cinema, where it will be moored for just one day on the Grand Union Canal at Great Linford.

MKAC Heritage Open DAY

Heritage Open Day 2018

Please join Milton Keynes Arts Centre and partners for a full day of free drop-in art activities, guided walks, live music and horrible history lessons.


There’s something suitable for all ages! No pre-booking required; come along and join in.

Our day of activities is generously supported by Milton Keynes Community Foundation