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Showcase

Featuring works by Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s community of Creative Courses
Opening Party, Saturday 8 April 2017, 1-3pm

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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2017 Plate Fundraiser

Two-week online auction from 17 March 2017
Closing Party Friday 31 March, 7–9pm

In celebration of MK50; Milton Keynes's 50th Birthday, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has invited 50 artists and designers to contribute to the 2017 Plate Fundraiser, a live online auction.

To mark the final hours of bidding, Milton Keynes Arts Centre invites the public to join a celebratory sharing night of artist-led events from Kitty Finer’s Artists Behind Bars, a performance by artist Alex Brenchley and foraged food and fruit punch from MK based Forest and Folk Botanicals.

David Batchelor drawing

2017 Plate Fundraiser Auction

Two-week online auction from Friday 17 March 2017
Closing Party Friday 31 March, 7–9pm

In celebration of MK50; Milton Keynes' 50th Birthday, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has invited 50 artists and designers to contribute to the 2017 Plate Fundraiser, a live online auction.

To mark the final hours of bidding, Milton Keynes Arts Centre invites the public to join a celebratory sharing night of artist-led events from Kitty Finer’s Artists Behind Bars, a performance by artist Alex Brenchley and foraged food and fruit punch from MK based Forest and Folk Botanicals.

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Common Ground Feast and Flyover


Common Ground; twelve months of collaborations between artists Yinka Ilori, Ibiye Camp, Tom Dale, Izzy Parker, Groundwork (Ashleigh Griffith and Cara Davies) and our communities.

Supported by Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Community Foundation.

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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.

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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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Dragnet's Spell – Tom Dale

10 December 2016 – 14 January 2017

Dragnet’s Spell explored early manufacturing of lace through the relationships and networks of those who gathered to weave, socialise and share news; pre-dating the printing press to become an earlier form of information storage and sharing.

Supported by Arts Council England and Milton Keynes Council

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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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Simple Act #1

with Barby Asante
27 July 2016, 6:30-8:30pm

Working in response to Yinka Ilori’s exhibition Do Good Because of Tomorrow, Barby led a seated consideration of artistic identity in Milton Keynes. Taking inspiration from the act of sitting, this informal but intimate conversational event used a selection of chairs as a starting point for artists to sit and consider the place and position of their individual practices.

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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, a celebration of the working lives of David Poston, accompanied by objects from the artist’s own archives.

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Power Plant

1–29 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

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Hannah Brown, The Winter Girls

20 March – 20 June 2015
Milton Keynes Arts Centre is pleased to announce our spring exhibition, The Winter Girls, a collection of new sculptures by Hannah Brown, which explore the physical relationship between nature and human experience. Moving away from painted renditions of the English landscape, Brown continues to investigate the consumption and domestication of nature.

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2015 Plate Fundraiser

7 March – 21 March 2015

Boyd & Evans, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jeremy Deller, Heather and Ivan Morison and Richard Wentworth were among 43 prominent contemporary artists and designers contributing to our 2015 fundraiser auction, each responding to a ceramic plate.