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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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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

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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Common Ground Feast and Flyover

April 2016 – March 2017

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 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.

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Power Plant

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

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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.