Collecting Commons pre-launch dinner party
Thursday 18 October, 5–8pm
Free, suitable for ages 18+
Venu: Milton Keynes Arts Centre
In exchange for locally sourced beer and pizza (on us!), we'd like your help up-cycling shopping trolleys.
We'd also like to take the opportunity to tell you more about the project, and ask if you would like to take part in our knowledge-map of Milton Keynes - adding your favourite places, spaces or special stories to a visual layout of our growing city.
Co-working space, 02 July – 29 September
Exhibition, 01 September–29 September
The Groundwork Weekender, 14–16 September
Groundwork returns for a second year with Tracing the Pathway artists Ashleigh Bowmott and Cara Davies for Common Ground; Milton Keynes Arts Centre's annual programme of community participation and artist development programmes by 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.
Groundwork, Exhibition 14–29 September 2018
Groundwork with Tracing the Pathway
Exhibition 14th–29th September 2018
Free, all welcome
The Groundwork exhibition has been commissioned by Milton Keynes Arts Centre as part of our Common Ground 2018 programme. Common Ground expands upon MKAC's community participation and artist development programmes by 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.
Groundwork, Thank You and Closing Event
Saturday 29 September, 4pm–6:30pm
Free, all welcome
Beer (courtesy of MK Biergarten), juice and light vegetarian nibbles will be provided.
Groundwork, When Will It All Be Over?
Endings, Evaluations and Exhaustion with Tracing the Pathway
Saturday 29 September, 11am–3pm
Free, all welcome
How does the artist know when, and how, to bring their project to a close? How do we purposefully and considerately conclude and evaluate the project in a way that meets the expectations of stakeholders and funders alike?
Groundwork, Summer Garland Paper Sculptures
Summer Garland Paper Sculptures with Anna Berry
Free Family Workshop
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.
Groundwork Weekender, Festival & Symposium
14 September – 16 September 2018
Hosted by Tracing The Pathway
Various Locations across Milton Keynes
The Groundwork Weekender is a three-day celebration and exploration of Milton Keynes; its heritage, landscape, mobility, architecture, people, sites and sounds of the city, curated by artist-collective Tracing the Pathway.
Groundwork Weekender, Events Programme
Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018
The Groundwork Weekender; a three-day celebration and exploration of Milton Keynes; its heritage, landscape, mobility, architecture, people, sites and sounds of the city, curated by artist-collective Tracing the Pathway.
Groundwork, The Floating Cinema
Free Family Workshop
Saturday 8 September, 11am–1pm
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.
Groundwork, Sculpt and Run
Wearable Sculpture Making Workshop with artist Thomas Cuthbertson
Tuesdays 22 – 28 August and 04 September, 6:30-8:30pm at Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Sculpt and Run (sculpture fun-run)
Sunday 16th September from 1:30pm
Fun-runners, Sunday runners, non-day runners and runners runners are all welcome, even relay teams... Prizes will be awarded on the day to ‘Fastest Artist’, ‘Best Designed Wearable Sculpture’ and ‘Most Collateral Damage’.
Groundwork, How Do I Tell My Mum?
Saturday Session with Cathy Wade
25 August, 11am–3pm
Free, all welcome
How does one begin to explain who they are and what they do as an artist?
In what ways can we represent our practice, and how can we acknowledge and adapt the ways we present ourselves to friends, family, colleagues, institutions and industries that we may encounter through our work?
Groundwork, The Great Walk: A Documentary (of sorts)
by Clive Austin feat. Phil Smith
Selected by Phil Smith, hosted by Tracing the Pathway
Wednesday 22 August, 7pm–8:45pm
at Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Groundwork, Inside Green Spaces
Monday 20 August, 7pm–9pm
In this session we’ll visit Katie Ellen Field’s studio/allotment to test the effects of green spaces. For the first half we’ll move individually around assembled ‘stations’ to rest, listen, perform a task or sip a drink. For the second half we’ll share our experiences of other green spaces in Milton Keynes, and there will be a chance to harvest some veg as we leave.
Groundwork, Skills Workshop: Flora and Film
Flora & Film with Sapphire Goss, 2:30pm – 6:30pm
Skills Workshop for All
Milton Keynes Arts Centre (leading to MK Gallery)
Groundwork, Artist Talk: Found Sound
Artist Talk with Aaron James
Wednesday 15 August, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Groundwork, A-B in MK Residency
Explorative Journeys with Hayley Newman
17 – 29 July
A to B in MK is a participatory mapping project developed by artist and writer Hayley Newman with MK Community Collaborators that will be taking place on the Redways from 17th – 29th July, 2018. A to B in MK will take the form of 8 collective walks, runs and cycles of sections of MK’s Redway in order to emotionally map parts of the system.
Headland with artist collective RARA
Saturday 2 June – Friday 29 June 2018
We are pleased to welcome RARA; a creative collective based in North East London, delivering arts projects in the public realm with a strong focus on co-inqury and collaboration, this Spring/ Summer to Milton Keynes Arts Centre for the first installment on our year-round programme in collaboration with local communities.
2018 Plate Fundraiser
Cornelia Parker, David Batchelor, Phoebe Cummings, Jeremy Deller and Klara Kistalova are amongst 44 prominent artists contributing original artwork to charity online action.
Open to public bidding from 9am, Friday 06th April – 9pm, Friday 20th April 2018
Studio Edition 2017
Milton Keynes Arts Centre presents Studio Edition, our first annual art market event coming this autumn. Visit our Gallery to see and buy affordable, original and limited edition contemporary art and crafts from our associate artists.
A high quality art and design market selling paintings, ceramics, silver, prints, wood, fashion and textiles (and more), prices range up to £100.00. Open to the public for viewing and purchasing 14 October – 21 December 2017, Mondays to Saturdays 10am–4pm and on the below Sunday events.
Featuring works by Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s community of Creative Courses
Sunday 03 December 2017, 11am–3pm
Showcase is a one day pop-up exhibition and display of work made by the community of artists and makers who participate in our adult 10 week Creative Courses.
Power Plant 2017
Artist-led workshops: 07 June – 26 August 2017
Feast and Exhibition Opening: Saturday 26 August, 12–2pm
Exhibition: 26 August – 30 September 2017
Please join Milton Keynes Arts Centre throughout the summer months for a free programme of workshops and a celebratory feast to mark the opening of our Power Plant exhibition; a culmination of artist-led workshops inspired by Milton Keynes architecture and public sculpture, taking over the Arts Centre’s gallery and green spaces.
Free, everyone welcome
Terminal Blue, Tom Dale
Saturday 19 August 2017
1–2pm, city wide event
Look up and see Tom Dale's Terminal Blue banner being flown by plane across the skyline of Milton Keynes. This giant-sized colour swatch details the shift from dark blue to light blue, giving us the opportunity to make a comparison between the swatch and the colour of the sky.
Flight Path, 1pm Milton Keynes Arts Centre
1:15–2pm Willen Lake, Campbell Park, Midsummer Blvd., Station Square, Magna Park, MK1 and Bletchley Park.
Inside Out Kitchen, Foraged Feast
Celebratory Supper: Saturday 15 July, 12pm – 2pm
Free, everyone welcome
The new In-Side-Out Kitchen will be launched with Milton Keynes community based botanist Alissa Pemberton of Forest and Folk Botanicals, leading a foraging workshop with particiapting students, collecting ingredients for a celebratory supper.
Groundwork, Residencies 2017
Friday 5 May – Saturday 10 June 2017
Groundwork returns to Milton Keynes Arts Centre this May with a programme of residencies, workshops, talks and sharing, developing art and performance specifically for and about Milton Keynes. Artist-run collective Tracing the Pathway will be based in the Arts Centre's gallery.
Click through to see more information on workshops, dates and times.
Studio Show 3
Saturday 8 – 29 April 2017
Studio Show 3 presents six of Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s studio artists in a presentation of their work, exploring what it means to have a practice in Milton Keynes; space, affordability, funding and opportunities to break new ground.
Mark Making – Izzy Parker
18 February – 11 March 2017
Mark Making visually represented time passed in the form of an immersive installation created from thousands of hung multiples. Showcasing signet rings made by students of Stephenson Academy, alongside her father’s and her own identity in one setting; representing a generation of identities in one exhibition.
Supported by Arts Council England and Milton Keynes Council.
Simple Act #4
with Sibylle Peters
9 March 2017, 6.30–8.30pm
Working in response to Izzy Parker's exhibition Mark Making, Sibylle led a series of discursive exercises to develop a Pact of Generations - a mutual agreement between adults and children. This intergenerational commitment encouraged creatives of all ages to consider their behaviour, the imprint they make upon the Earth, and their future legacy.
In Four Simple Acts
with Tracing The Pathway artists Cara Davies and Ashleigh Griffith
Saturday 4 March, 11am – 5pm
Based on their curated series of Simple Acts, delivered by host artists, performance and art research collective Tracing the Pathway led a professional development workshop for artists, divided into four Simple Acts.
Simple Act #3
with Hayley Newman
Tuesday 13 December 2016, 6:30–8:30pm
Hayley Newman hosted an evening of conversation in response to Tom Dale’s exhibition Dragnet’s Spell. Exploring the intricacies of Dale’s latest work with lace, the group were asked to consider the holes, threads, knots, and sheerness of lace alongside the political history of lace making.
Set Menu – Ibiye Camp
03 August – 30 September 2016
Set Menu offered a creative response to the unique offer of Milton Keynes’s grid road systems and pockets of estates spread across our diverse City. Each workshop explored personal taste and engaged communities in a discovery of self-expression through their choice of colour, size, texture and unique style.
Supported by Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Community Foundation.
Simple Act #2
with Ria Hartley
21 September 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Working in response to Ibiye Camp’s exhibition Set Menu, Ria invited guests to a macrobiotic meal to contemplate how small acts of generosity invigorate processes of self-enquiry and self-expression. The informal but intimate evening punctuated a series of actions to encourage an exchange that draws attention to care and kindness one may give to oneself, and towards others, when making artworks.
Do Good Because of Tomorrow – Yinka Ilori
09 July – 30 July 2016
Inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child, Ilori specialises in the up-cycling of vintage furniture. Bringing verbal tradition into playful conversation with contemporary design, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story.
Supported by Arts Council England and Milton Keynes Council
Studio Show 2
14–20 May 2016
Thirteen artists of Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s studios in a presentation of their work and what it means to have a practice in Milton Keynes; space, affordability, funding and opportunities to break new ground.
2016 Plate Fundraiser
19 March – 2 April 2016
David Batchelor, Jeremy Deller, A K Dolven, Ruth Ewan, Rose Wylie and Catherine Yass, and 33 other prominent contemporary artists and designers, each responding to a ceramic plate.
Necklace For An Elephant and Other Stories: The Working Lives of David Poston
26 September – 28 November 2015
Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories is a touring exhibition, funded by Arts Council England, commissioned by The Harley Gallery and Ruthin Craft Centre and is curated by the former Director of the Crafts Council, Dr. Louise Taylor.