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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.

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Groundwork, Artist Talk: Found Sound

Artist Talk with Aaron James 
Wednesday 15 August, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Free

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Headland with artist collective RARA

Saturday 2 June – Friday 29 June 2018
Free admission

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.

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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

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.

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Showcase

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.

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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

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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Studio Show 3

Saturday 8 – 29 April 2017
Free admission 

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.

 

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2017 Plate Fundraiser

Online auction, 17 March 2017 – 31 March

Thank you to everyone who generously supported our 2017 Plate Fundraiser auction, through bidding activity, social sharing and for joining us for the final hours as we celebrated with friends. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.