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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

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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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Wood Carving with Forest + Found

Inside Out Kitchen, Heritage Craft Workshops with young people from Milton Keynes
March – July 2017

Wooden spoon and chopping board hand carving with Max Bainbridge aka The Urban Woodsman and Abigail Booth of Forest + Found

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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

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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
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Art Camp: Tuesday 4th April, 11am - 1pm

Point, Dome and Future building with Andy Macdermott

Taking a closer look at Milton Keynes iconic architecture, ceramicist Andy Macdermott leads a slab and coil building workshop, creating replicas of The Point and Xscape buildings in homage to the city's cultural landcape. Participants will also design and build a third structure, based on their ideas and designs for a future iconic building in Milton Keynes.

Includes a complimentary vegetarian lunch between 1–1:30pm

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Art Camp: Thursday 6th April, 11am - 1pm

Milton Keynes Artefacts with Belle McIntosh

It is Milton Keynes' 50th birthday in 2017, but people have lived here for thousands of years before the Development Corporation transformed fields into city. To celebrate MK50, join Belle in making coil and pinch pots inspired by the Romans, who made the foundations of our city their home long before we did.

Includes a complimentary vegetarian lunch between 1–1:30pm

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Art Camp: Tuesday 11th April, 11am – 1pm

Ceramic Maquettes with Andy Macdermott

Inspired by the bold and brilliant post-modernist public sculptures found within Milton Keynes, Art Campers will design and build ceramic maquettes of sculptures they would like to see in the City's public spaces; canal and river sides, parks, shopping centre and roundabouts.

Includes a complimentary vegetarian lunch between 1–1:30pm

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Art Camp: Thursday 13th April, 11am - 1pm

Milton Keynes Artefacts with Belle McIntosh

It is Milton Keynes's 50th birthday in 2017, but people have lived here for thousands of years before the Development Corporation transformed fields into city. To celebrate MK50, join Belle in making coil and pinch pots inspired by the Romans, who made the foundations of our city their home long before we did.

Includes a complimentary vegetarian lunch between 1–1:30pm

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The Inside Out Kitchen

January 2017 – July 2017

Young people will learn how to use heritage craft tools and techniques under the guidance of professional makers. Participants will create a BBQ and cooking utensils, whittling wooden soup spoons, naturally dyed fabrics for table runs and woven sharing platters and baskets.

Supported by Ernest Cook Trust