Invitation to City Club Presentation

Andrew Mahaddie: Theme Park, Bletchley Brick Pits Area, MKDC, 1974.

Andrew Mahaddie: Theme Park, Bletchley Brick Pits Area, MKDC, 1974.

Gareth Jones and Nils Norman
Thursday 17 September 2015 / 7pm / Free Book tickets

We look forward to welcoming artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman to MK Gallery this Thursday evening for their presentation on “City Club”, the unrealised plans from the 1970s for a national leisure complex in Milton Keynes, and how it provides the starting point for their concept for activating public spaces in central Milton Keynes. This scheme could include a garden, a piazza and a playground.

The event marks the start of a detailed research period by Gareth and Nils on their City Club proposal; a second presentation is currently being arranged for early December to share their research findings.

For more details about the artists and this week’s talk click HERE

14 July Project Update Meeting

Tom Emerson, 6a

Tom Emerson, 6a, with a sample of cladding material at the 14 July Project Update meeting. Photo: MK NEWS

We were delighted to welcome people to our Capital Expansion Project Update meeting yesterday.

Director Anthony Spira introduced the session by outlining the genesis of the expansion project and the discussions with our audiences that have been central to its development.

Tom Emerson expressed his passion for the design history of Milton Keynes and shared examples of 6a’s work, including Raven Row, South London Gallery, and Churchill College Cambridge, with emphasis on their experience in the cultural and educational sectors.

We filmed the illustrated presentation and you can view it on YouTube HERE.

Subjects of interest in the Q&A session included:

  • Visitor access routes to the multi-purpose auditorium (via lift or staircase to the second floor)
  • Quality/comfort of the raked seating in the auditorium (will be the best we can afford)
  • Whether there would be a roof terrace (not in current plans)
  • The reflective qualities of the stainless steel cladding (the finish is folded, fragmenting reflections)
  • How the MK Community Foundation grant will be used to support improved accessibility
  • (Changing Places toilet, lifts accommodating two wheelchairs at a time; height adjustable furniture, wider than statutory requirement doors, exhibition galleries all on ground floor with full level access)
  • Public seating to support longer contemplation of works (furniture options still tbc)
  • Staff offices, deliveries and storage (offices will be located in the Project Space building; deliveries will be moved to the rear of the new extension, sharing existing infrastructure with the Theatre; storage is modest but efficient)
  • Spaces around the gallery (MK Gallery is proposing an exciting scheme to support improvements in Midsummer Boulevard East, underpinned by the “City Club” concept from original plans for Milton Keynes. Ideally MK Gallery would like to see, for example, an artist designed playground adjacent to the new Learning Space, seating and lighting enhancements to Margaret Powell Square, and artworks improving the nearby underpass linking with Campbell Park, helping to develop the cultural quarter)
  • Local parking/transport (MK Gallery would love to see any developments that improve the linkages between, for example MK Rail Station and MK Gallery)

Successful launch of final show in current building

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Group photo of some of the 70 MK Calling 2015 artists and performers at the start of the preview on 2 July 2015.

Last week we had a hugely successful launch of MK Calling 2015, the final exhibition in our building in its current form before we start our ambitious renovation and expansion.

With an artist group photo at the start, and welcome speeches followed by a hog roast, music and two performances, a great time was had by more than 500 people, and the weather was perfect! We’ve posted some of the preview pictures HERE to give you a flavour of the occasion.

During the welcome speeches Julia Upton of the MK Community Foundation announced their fantastic £311,000 grant award for access in the new building.  Pete Marland, Leader of MK Council, described MK Gallery as a hidden cultural gem and looked forward to the expanded version in 2017 and its contribution to the future cultural life of the city.  Listen to the speeches  here:

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Join us on 14 July
Our display of the latest expansion floor plans in the ground floor Events Space proved popular; don’t forget you can see the plans again and hear architect Tom Emerson from 6a talking about them at a free event on Tuesday 14 July at 1pm.  Do join us  as we’d really love your views on how everything is shaping up. Find more information and booking details HERE.

We welcome your support
Fundraising is going well, but as Director Anthony Spira reminded us during the speeches we still need to raise more for the expansion and welcome your support.  Here are some different ways you can help:

  • Make a donation on site and via our website
  • Make a text donation by texting MKGA17 £    followed by the amount of your donation to 70070. You can text donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.
  • Become a patron of MK Gallery
  • Talk to us about major gifts and naming rights

If you wish to discuss ways to support, please contact:
Clare Wood
Head of Development
01908 558 313 or cwood@mkgallery.org

 

Invitation: Update Event

We’re delighted to be able to share our latest floor plans with you during our summer party and exhibition preview here tomorrow evening (2 July from 6pm-10pm). You will find the display in the Events Space on the ground floor of the Project Space facing the Gallery. Book your free preview ticket HERE.

Also:

MK Gallery Expansion Project Update
Tuesday 14 July / 1-2pm / Free / All welcome
RSVP by booking your ticket HERE

Join us at this informal lunchtime event when MK Gallery’s Director, Anthony Spira, and Tom Emerson of 6a architects will be talking through the latest plans. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and give your feedback. Tea and coffee will be provided.

A Clockwork Jerusalem at MK Gallery

a_clockwork_jerusalem_image_by_fat_architecture_-_sam_jacob_1.jpg.940x528_q85_upscaleMK Gallery are delighted to be hosting an in conversation event with the curators of this year’s British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Sam Jacob and Wouter Vantisphout on Thursday 9 October 2014.  They will be joined by Architectural Historian and Broadcaster, Kieran Long.

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.

Design Feedback and Comments

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Artist impression of new building. Courtesy 6a architects.

On Thursday 7 August we held a presentation at the Gallery of the emerging proposals for the expansion of MK Gallery. This event was very well attended and we were able to gather some excellent feedback on the proposals. We’ve since summarised the questions and comments that were received and have been able to provide responses to them below.

We will be able to provide a further update imminently on our planning submission, but would be more than delighted to receive any further feedback in the meantime.  Please do contact us either through the blog or you can email me directly at jthompson@mkgallery.org with your comments.

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