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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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 



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


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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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.


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

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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. 

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Clay Club

Suitable for children aged 6+

Thursdays, 4:30pm – 6pm
Autumn Term 1, 21 September – 19 October 2017
Autumn Term 2, 02 November – 30 November 2017

Led by ceramic artist Andrew Macdermott, each term offers young potters aged 6+ an introduction to a range of exercises exploring the basic skills of pottery in a fun and entertaining way.

Saturday Art Studio

Saturday Art Studio

Saturdays, 10.00am – 12pm
Term 1, 23 September – 21 October 2017
Term 2, 04 November – 02 December 2017

Led by practicing and exhibiting artists, this course is designed to engage young people in traditional and contemporary arts, discovering techniques in two and three dimensional interpretation and visual language.


Art Camp Ceramics

Three day course, suitable for children aged 6+
£45 per child

Autumn Term: 24th, 25th and 26th October, 11am–12.30pm
Winter Term: 19th, 20th and 21st December, 11am–12.30pm

Sessions take place in our specialist ceramic studio and will take participants through a range of exercises designed to introduce some of the basic skills of pottery in a fun and entertaining way. There will be a mini Showcase of artworks on the last day for parents and carers to attend.

For booking and enquiries, please call Milton Keynes Arts Centre on 01908 608108 or email