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MK Gallery sees 5,000 visits in opening week


MK Gallery re-opened on Saturday 16 March after a £12million revamp of which Milton Keynes Council was an extremely proud supporter and funder. The Mayor of Milton Keynes arrived in a driverless pod and was handed a pair of scissors by a Starship Technology delivery robot to cut the ceremonial ribbon.  Big crowds gathered to be the first to visit the new MK Gallery and were treated to samples from the new MK Gallery Café/Bar and giveaways throughout the day. MK Gallery's re-opening has and continues to receive significant and far reach critical acclaim and positive response in the local, national and international press. 


The Gallery’s first exhibition, The Lie of the Land, features works and artefacts by over 85 artists and designers including Canaletto, Thomas Gainsborough, Rachel Whiteread and Yinka Shonibare CBE alongside one of the first lawn mowers, a vintage picnic basket and a protest banner from Greenham Common. The show charts how British landscape has been radically transformed through changing attitudes to free time and leisure. Entry for The Lie of the Land is free.


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Pilgrim’s Trail – Public Art


We recently advertised for 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 engage people with exploring the heritage of their area.  The closing date for submissions was 19th March, and the submissions are now being shortlisted.  We will be able to announce the chosen artist in the next Newsletter. 


A Festival of Creative Urban Living – plans developing


We are very pleased to be able to circulate the Crossroads Open Call opportunity as part of A Festival of Creative Urban Living curated by raumlaborberlin - an award-winning experimental architectural practice who work at the intersection of architecture, city-planning, art and urban intervention.


Running from 26th September – 13th October, the Festival will unite the worlds of art, architecture, design, and high-tech within the urban context of Milton Keynes, in a unique biennial event.  The 2019 edition of the Festival has been curated to respond to the theme ‘The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable’ – encouraging a debate and dialogue around the founding design principles of MK, whilst exploring and challenging the city’s future design.  Through a free public programme of new commissions, exhibitions, conferences and participatory programmes, the Festival will include contributions from a diverse range of artists, creatives, architects, designers, urban planners, urban theorists and cultural organisations. Located on Midsummer Boulevard East, at the very heart of MK’s city-centre, A Festival of Creative Urban Living will be housed in a series of newly commissioned architectural structures.


The Crossroads Open Call invites proposals from artists, creatives, architects, designers and makers to design a temporary intervention/structure which will be part of the Festival’s ‘campus’.


All of the Open Call detail can be found here (PDF, 6.5MB)


More information about the Festival can be found at www.afcul.org


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