Public Art in MK

Below is a map showing the locations of the Milton Keynes Public Artworks:

Public Art in MK

"Public Art in Milton Keynes is about inviting the vision, creativity and skills of artists, to engage people freely with place, in a well-considered way."

Over the last 50 years, Milton Keynes has developed an excellent reputation for Public Art development, with over 220 Public Artworks across the city. The Culture Team within Milton Keynes Council supports the commissioning of new pieces and the care and conservation of existing works.   

Black Horse Elisabeth Frink
Black Horse by Elisabeth Frink

About our Public Art Collection

A selection of artwork trails are available here: Trails, Guides & Walks

Reaching Forward Martin Heron
Reaching Forward by Martin Heron

Future Opportunities

All Public Art Commission opportunities are openly advertised, with specific commission briefs that outline context, vision and approach. All opportunities can be found on Culture MK social media and Arts Jobs

Milton Keynes Council supports developers to meet their % for art Section 106 obligations [legal requirement for creating new developments] for Public Art.

 

Latest brief: Pilgrim Trail in a New Town - Milton Keynes Council (MKC) is seeking to appoint an artist or creative practice to respond to the heritage scheme of a Pilgrims Trail around the area of Tattenhoe in Milton Keynes. The artist will connect with the area, the trail and the surrounding communities of Tattenhoe to creatively interpret and create a legacy output that engages the community with exploring the heritage of their area.  Deadline for applications is 12 noon, 25th March 2019.  For more information and details of how to apply, please download the full brief (PDF, 481KB)

 

Current Public Art Projects in MK

Milton Keynes Council’s Cultural team works closely with a wide variety of cultural partners, stakeholders, communities and developers to commission artworks for locations across the Borough. Here is a selection of our current Public Art projects:

 

Fossil by Something & Son in Oxley Park (concept design stage)

In 10,000 years what will be left behind? Something & Son’s work Fossil imagines a future landscape where civilisation excavates the ground to reveal a still life of early 21st life captured in fossilised form. The work depicts a house from Oxley Park, a typical modern day neighbourhood in Milton Keynes, that has fossilised through the passage of time, being enveloped by rising water, encroaching deserts and manmade materials that nature has processed and reformed. The house has slowly decayed from the inside out leaving behind an imprint of the anthropocene era.The sculpture will be the size a house and by drawing on the city’s pioneering recycling schemes will be made from the materials of time – plastic, concrete and aluminium. A public programme. Curated by Something and Son and delivered in collaboration with the community will take place for the first 12 months, following the artworks anticipated delivery in October.

Future Fossil by Something and Son
Future Fossil by Something and Son

Alfonse by Sarah Staton is being developed for Newton Leys (concept design stage)

Inspired by interactions with the community and the heritage of the local area Staton has designed a 3 sided archway clad with bespoke blue and white tiles on one side and pattern brick on the other which references the former brick making industry in the area. The sculpture offers visitors a seat to enjoy the view across the lake.

This artwork is currently in final design stages and due for completion late 2019

Alfonse Drawing Sarah Staton
Alfonse by Sarah Staton

Milton Keynes Rose by Gordon Young at Campbell Park, (2013)

The artist designed civic space offers the people of Milton Keynes a place to come together to celebrate, commemorate and contemplate. The circular space with 106 granite pillars of varying heights, 64 pillars have been engraved with dedications, leaving 42 for future inscriptions.

Inscriptions so far include dedications for important dates of local, national and international significance, including;

  • 23 January 1967, when MK was designated as a New Town, also host a plaque unveiled by Prince William in 2017 as part Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday events.
  • 5 April, Father of Loud,  A tribute to a local man Jim Marshall OBE, the Father of Loud. He was the founder and chairman of Marshall Amplification plc, one of the most recognised brands in music.
  • 11 November, Armistice Day, The men and women from Milton Keynes who have died in wars. We will remember them. 

Events are held though out the year to mark the dates on the pillars.

Red Bull Pillar at the MK Rose
Red Bull Pillar at the MK Rose

 

Pass the Parcel by Walter Jack at Broughton Gate and Brooklands (in delivery)

“PassTheParcel is an idea – of connected works. It is something that goes from one place to the next. Everywhere it stops it creates excitement:  it 'gives' on arrival and 'gives' on departure. It is also a work that creates opportunities for engagement: community events are at the heart of PassTheParcel”  - Walter Jack

Pass the Parcel is a long term project; Walter Jack has been developing designs in response to the community and the new and emerging area of Broughton Gate and Brooklands. The intention was for new artworks made of oak beams to appear and change as the development appeared and grew. The project will complete in 2019 and leave behind 4 permanent interactive structures for the community to enjoy:

  • Theatre for Learning at Brooklands Farm School
  • Fallen Oak at Broughton Gate, Watercress Way
  • Oak Store at Brooklands Meadow
  • Porte Cochere at Brooklands, Cooks Place
Pass the Parcel Cathedral at Brooklands Farm School
Pass the Parcel Cathedral at Brooklands Farm School

 

Last Updated: 11 March 2019