A Clockwork Jerusalem at MK Gallery

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The Pavilion exhibition, titled “A Clockwork Jerusalem”, explores how the international influences of Modernism became mixed with long standing British sensibilities. It examines how traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction were absorbed to create a specifically British form of Modernism.

The talk will prove to be fascinating for anyone with an interest in British Modernism, and, of course, the urban history of Milton Keynes.  Tickets are free but pre booking is essential.

You can find more information on our main website.

MK Gallery seeks Contractor for its capital expansion project

We are now inviting pre-qualification information from contracting firms interested in tendering for the main construction contract for the MK Gallery expansion project.

The procurement of the contract will follow OJEU principles and is currently being advertised through the official journal (ref 2014/S 170-301183).

For further information on the contract please contact Jess Thompson, MK Gallery Client Project Manager, on 01908 558 304.

6a Architects Shortlisted for RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize

We are delighted that 6a, the architects appointed to design the MK Gallery Expansion, have been short-listed for the 2014 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize, an award that recognises fresh architectural talent and smaller construction budgets.  6a have been nominated for “Tree House” – an elegant home extension wrapping around a tree in the garden of a Grade II listed 1830s brick weavers’ cottage in east London.  The winner of the award will be announced by RIBA on 16 October 2014.

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Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied said: “The standard and range of projects eligible for shortlisting in 2014 was higher than ever and is proof of the very high standard of (mostly young) practices undertaking commissions under £1m. The UK’s dysfunctional planning system gets no better with the passing of time. It is testament to the ingenuity and persistence of the profession that planning permission for original designs in urban and sensitive rural sites is still obtainable. The shortlisting jury this year included the last three year’s winners of the Stephen Lawrence Prize. After lengthy debate, we are delighted with the outcome. It is certain to produce an excellent winner.”

The judges this year will be Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, Doreen Lawrence CBE the mother of Stephen Lawrence, Marco Goldschmied, RIBA Past President and Founder of the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, which established the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize in 1998, Anthony Boulanger, Partner at AY Architects, winners of the 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize and Joe Morris, Director at Duggan Morris Architects, winners of the Prize in 2012.

The Stephen Lawrence Prize, sponsored by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million. The prize, set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.