Inspired by heritage crafts that have played an instrumental part in the development of Milton Keynes’ history, artists will be facilitating workshops to help young people explore traditional crafts in engaging and contemporary ways.
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 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
An Ideal Syllabus
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Friday 23 March and Saturday 24 March, 10am–4pm
No booking required, first come, first served. If you miss out the first session, you can book onto a later time or take part in our open activities.
Big Ceramic Fundraiser Weekend
Friday 23 March and Saturday 24 March
Ceramics Sale, 10am–4pm
Saturday 24 March
12hour Pot Throwing Relay, 6am–6pm
Celebratory Party, 6pm–8pm
Milton Keynes Arts Centre's Hey Clay! weekend of free activities is kindly supported by MK Community Foundation
Saturday Sessions 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.