Headland with artist collective RARA

Saturday 2 June – Friday 29 June 2018
Free admission

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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.

Saturday 2 June – Friday 29 June 2018
Opening party and picnic, Saturday 2 June, 12 – 2pm
Free admission, all welcome

Inspired by the everyday technique of carrying things on the head; a common practice in many parts of the world since ancient times, sometimes in religious ceremonies or as a skilled feat in dances with impressive balance and dexterity, Headland aims to interpret and embody everyday places and spaces through ‘psycho-geographic living sculptures’.

Throughout April and May, artist collective RARA invited Milton Keynes residents; Mark Baron, Debbie Buscaglia, Susie Ford, Sonia Hooton and Wenda Hooton to participate in a series of workshops to recollect and share their special memories of Milton Keynes, sculpting objects that embody the emotional values of the memory. As a way of reconnecting the human body with the objects of memory and place, our communities performed ‘psycho-geographic living sculptures’ in the grounds of the Arts Centre and surrounding parklands, balancing the objects atop their heads using traditional head rings.

Headland launches Milton Keynes Arts Centre's community participation and artist development programmes supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 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. Working with artists RARA (Kirsti Davies and Youngsook Choi), Groundwork (Ashleigh Bowmott and Cara Davies), Andrew Gillsepie, Fritha Jenkins, Laura Sweeney and Cathy Wade, our projects will see artists work directly with our communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops alongside professional and artistic development sessions targeting artists and practitioners based in Milton Keynes.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England