Arts Council England confirms major investment in MK Gallery Expansion

Visualisation of MK Gallery Expansion from Midsummer Boulevard

Visualisation of MK Gallery Expansion from Midsummer Boulevard

MK Gallery is delighted to announce that Arts Council England has confirmed an award of £2,950,000 to the MK Gallery Expansion, following the Gallery’s successful Stage Two capital funding application. This major investment brings the realisation of the £10m renovation and expansion project a significant step closer, with MK Gallery having secured almost 90% of its fundraising target.

The Expansion will double the current exhibition spaces, provide new, dedicated education and community facilities, a new café and shop, and three new cinema screens for independent film. This development will enable the gallery to substantially broaden its world class artistic programme, with occasional historical as well as contemporary exhibitions, alongside film, talks, events and wide ranging opportunities for community groups and schools .

Commenting on the Award, MK Gallery Director, Anthony Spira, said: “I’m delighted to share this exciting news. We are enormously grateful to Arts Council England for joining Milton Keynes Council in recognising the important role culture plays in Milton Keynes and the wider region. This opportunity will enable the Gallery to diversify its programme and to engage with much larger audiences.

Hedley Swain, Area Director for South East, Arts Council England said: “MK Gallery plays a key role in bringing more arts and culture to the region and makes an important contribution to contemporary visual arts. We are pleased to be able to support the gallery in its continued development and expansion through our Capital programme, enabling them to be more resilient and also helping to develop and widen both its audience and artistic offer.

Councillor Sarah Betteley, MK Council’s Community Engagement and Empowerment portfolio holder added: “This is excellent news for Milton Keynes, and we are pleased to work alongside Arts Council England as investors in this significant cultural development.  The Council has committed to MK Gallery Expansion as one of its strategic arts objectives, and looks forward to seeing it grow and thrive in line with the growth of Milton Keynes in the coming years, supporting our vision for a world class MK.

MK Gallery has assembled a specialist team of design consultants and advisers to deliver the Expansion, led by 6a architects. The Gallery’s planning application was submitted to MK Council in October and is currently available to view via the Council’s planning portal.

MK Gallery is currently inviting individuals and businesses to help with the final 10% of fundraising. Opportunities range from membership of the MK Gallery Patron Scheme to supporting the Gallery’s 15 for 15 campaign, which allows donors to mark the Gallery’s first successful 15 by making donations of £15. That’s just £1 for every year that MK Gallery has been delivering world-class exhibitions and events.

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