Acclaimed artist, Richard Deacon, In Conversation at MK Gallery ahead of new sculpture for Milton Keynes

Richard Deacon, Footfall, 2014. Image courtesy of Richard Deacon.

Richard Deacon, Footfall, 2014. Image courtesy of Richard Deacon.

On the evening of Thursday 17 November there will be a rare opportunity to hear artist and Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon In Conversation at MK Gallery.

The Gallery is working with Deacon on an ambitious public art project, to be installed on a roundabout in Milton Keynes in 2017. During this In Conversation event, Deacon will present an illustrated talk about his practice and share his proposed design for the sculpture.

The commission forms part of MK Gallery’s contribution to MK50, the celebrations to mark the city’s 50th anniversary. The idea comes from an unrealised MK Development Corporation proposal in the 1970s to install a sculpture on every roundabout in Milton Keynes, providing landmarks across the city.

Deacon has a longstanding association with Milton Keynes, having collaborated with Bletchley-based firms, Kemco Fabrications Ltd and Twin Engineering Ltd, for much of his steel fabrication work. Works have been exported from Bletchley around the world, including Japan, New Zealand, Canada and Europe. Working in wide-ranging media, Deacon selects ‘materials, processes and methods that are needed to create something, without knowing what the result will be…. arriving at sculptures unlike anything made by anyone else.’ His highly acclaimed career dates back to the late 1970s and was recently celebrated in the 2014 Tate Britain survey exhibition.

The sculpture, which has been made possible through generous support from a local resident, is planned to be installed on Fox Milne roundabout in Milton Keynes. The free In Conversation event begins at 7pm. With spaces limited, pre-booking is essential HERE.

The sculpture commission builds on the success of previous MK Gallery work in this area of Milton Keynes, including the popular outreach programme, Start the Art: Out and About for families living in the new housing areas of Broughton Gate and Brooklands. Later this year, MK Gallery, in collaboration with Broughton and Milton Keynes Parish Council and Milton Keynes Council is recruiting an artist to work within the local community to create a new public artwork in Middleton. An open call for artists will be advertised in November via www.mkgallery.org, with project delivery set for 2017 to coincide with the MK50 celebrations.
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MK Gallery’s Head of Development and Communications wins a Women Leaders MK Award

Clare Wood

Clare Wood, Head of Development and Communications at MK Gallery

Clare Wood, Head of Development and Communications was recognised on Friday for her contribution to culture and creativity when she won in the Creative Industries category of the Women Leaders MK Awards 2016. In a glittering award ceremony at Hilton Doubletree, hundreds of people from across the Milton Keynes business and community sector celebrated the commitment and achievement of all women in the city.

Now in its second year, the Women Leaders MK Awards successfully delivers its aim of giving women living and working in Milton Keynes empowerment and recognition for their work. The awards are led by Jan Flawn CBE, founder and Chair of neurological care provider PJ Care. As a previous winner of the CBI First Woman of Business Service Award, Jan recognises the value of identifying and celebrating leadership talent and is a tireless supporter of women in business.

Clare was nominated by MK Gallery Director Anthony Spira in relation to Clare’s work leading the fundraising for the forthcoming expansion of MK Gallery. Speaking about the awards, Clare said “It is such a privilege to have these awards running in Milton Keynes. I am so grateful to Jan Flawn and the partners for their commitment to celebrating women’s achievements. Delivering the awards is an enormous undertaking, culminating in the splendid awards ceremony. The competition is very strong and I felt fortunate to be a finalist. To win is just fantastic. It is wonderful to have this recognition and for the excellent creative sector in Milton Keynes to be celebrated. The award is also hugely motivating as MK Gallery takes forward the final phase of fundraising to deliver the multi-million pound MK Gallery expansion.”

All winners of the Women Leaders MK Awards have the opportunity to be nominated for a national CBI First Women Award. Further details about the Women Leaders MK Awards and CBI First Women Awards can be found by visiting www.womenleadersmk.co.uk and http://firstwomen.co.uk

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