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We are thrilled to receive the annual statistics from the Arts and Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes who shared their findings from the annual survey of MK’s cultural sector – showing the impressive range and significant impact of cultural activity in the city. Milton Keynes Council is proud to support the city’s cultural sector through our funding programmes, strategic support and capital projects.


New Town Day

2019 is set to be very busy for us, we are currently planning a design focussed year, following our 2017 (MK50) and 2018 (Sharing Culture) themed years of activity. 


Bradwell Abbey


We are delighted to confirm that we have secured £275k funding from Historic England towards the Bradwell Abbey capital project.
This ambitious and challenging capital programme is currently moving forward and we are working to secure the additional resources needed to complete this important project, preserving MK’s unique heritage for current and future generations to enjoy. 


Festival of Creative Urban Living


In September 2019, we are working with Raumlabor to launch ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’ – a collective of artists and architects will temporarily occupy Midsummer Boulevard East with a free programme of workshops, exhibitions, performances, walks and talks – all of which explore creative and sustainable ways of living in the city. The Festival will also be an opportunity for Milton Keynes’ citizens and other audiences to engage in prospective plans for the future of the MK’s city-centre.


The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable

Credit: The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable, A Festival of Creative Urban Living concept design, Raumlabor, 2019


Public Realm as Cultural Space


We are partnering with Pedalling Culture and MK Gallery to deliver a conference that focusses on public art, art in the public realm and how we utilise public spaces as cultural spaces.  Scheduled for late October, the conference will bring together a group of professionals (artists, curators, commissioners, funders, journalists and academics) who work in the public realm to raise critical debate and discussion relevant to Milton Keynes’s situation and to a wider national and international debate.  Milton Keynes and recent project such as Pedalling Culture will provide core case studies and the jumping off point for a range of discussions themed to: integrity/compromise, reception/interpretation and process/product.


Sharing New Towns’ Heritage and Design


The 23 January 2019 was Milton Keynes’ 52nd birthday as a New Town and was celebrated with a UK New Towns Sharing Day, where new towns from across the UK and Europe, came together at MK City Discovery Centre to share their learning from a number of projects and to inform network plans for 2019.  The international new towns work around exploiting Milton Keynes’ heritage design USP will continue to develop with a focus on placemaking and how research topics around incomers, the next generation, and repurposing ‘heritage’ buildings places and spaces for re-use and adaptation can support future the city’s Growth/Regeneration.


New Town Day

Image: Michelle Provoost, INTI speaking at International New Town Day


We Are Looking Forward To


The new MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, designed by 6a architects, in close collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, will open on 16 March 2019. This world-class gallery space, delivered with significant financial support from Milton Keynes Council, seeks to capture the original spirit of Milton Keynes. It will provide spaces for major exhibitions both contemporary and historical, films, music, performance, family events, workshops, and social spaces, with a programme that places a clear emphasis on community engagement, and democratic access to the very best of today’s culture. 


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