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Art Club (Key Stage 1)

1 March-5 April

Creative weekly after school workshops with MK Gallery’s Associate Artists exploring different art forms and media. Sessions provide new experiences for budding artist to enjoy independently, designed for their Key Stage and levels of ability with supervision provided by MK Gallery staff and volunteers.

£5

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Family Fun

Art Club (Key Stage 2)

1 March-5 April

Creative weekly after school workshops with MK Gallery’s Associate Artists exploring different art forms and media. Sessions provide new experiences for budding artist to enjoy independently, designed for their Key Stage and levels of ability with supervision provided by MK Gallery staff and volunteers.

£5

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Family Fun

Start the Art

1 March-5 April

Play with jelly, paint with your toes, experience autumn through cinnamon and a prehistoric muddy landscape for dinosaurs made from hot chocolate or build your own forest friends from clay and twigs.  Enjoy exploring senses through new smells, textures and learning more about the world through play. Every week is a different theme to enjoy!

From £2 - £6

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Exhibitions

Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

12 March-29 May

Ingrid Pollard (born Georgetown, Guyana) is one of the leading figures in contemporary British art. This first major survey of her 40-year career includes delicately hand-tinted landscape photographs, a flotilla of small ceramic boats and a cast of protagonists that includes boxers, musicians, tango-dancers and writers. The exhibition also includes two new works – a film that meditates on the human body as it moves through space and time, and a triptych of monumental, dynamic sculptures.

Ingrid Pollard, Self Evident, 1995 (detail), © and courtesy the artist

Free

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Cinema

Death On The Nile (12A)

18 March-20 March

Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths.

Free

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Cinema

Flee (15)

18 March-22 March

Told mostly through animation, ‘Flee’ weaves together a stunning tapestry of images and memories to tell the deeply affecting story of a man grappling with his traumatic past in order to find his true self and the real meaning of home.

From £7 - £9

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Talks & Events

Relaxed Exhibition Viewing – Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

20 March-15 May

One Sunday per month, we offer a quiet hour tailored to support visitors with neurodiversity, inclusive of communication or sensory needs.

Free

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Upcoming

Cinema

Death On The Nile (12A) – Exclusive Baby Friendly Screening

Tue 22 March 2022 10:30

Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths.

From £6.75 - £7.50

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Talks & Events

Volunteer Recruitment Evening

22 March 2022

MK Gallery is hosting a volunteer open evening on Tuesday 22 March for those who are curious to find out more about volunteering.

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Cinema

Death On The Nile (12A) – Captioned Screening

Tue 22 March 2022 14:00

Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths.

From £8 - £10

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Cinema

The Duke (12A)

25 March-29 March

A moving true story that celebrates a man who was determined to live a meaningful life. Set in 1961, it follows the story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington.

From £7 - £9

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Cinema

The Duke (12A) – Captioned Screening

Fri 25 March 2022 16:30

A moving true story that celebrates a man who was determined to live a meaningful life. Set in 1961, it follows the story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington.

From £5.50 - £7.50

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Music

The Joyous Thing 3 – Coby Sey: Check Rain, I Am Fya & Euso

Sat 26 March 2022 18:00

Presented by OUTLANDS, The Joyous Thing is an annual gathering for the UK experimental music community and anyone with a curious ear. Following 2021’s online event, we are delighted to return to an in person programme at MK Gallery, which includes a new commission by Coby Sey, performances from emerging artists I Am Fya and Euso, and DJ sets from network members. On the 26 and 27, OUTLANDS will also be taking over Resonance Extra with a series of newly commissioned shows produced by network members including TACO!, ame, Lost Property, Eastern Ear, MK Gallery/Simon Wright, Tor Festival, Daniel W G Mackenzie, and Lukas Hornby.

From Free - £8

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Workshops

Resource Room: Upcycle, Customise or Mend!

Sat 26 March 2022 15:00

A workshop giving new life to old clothes and saving them from landfill! For artists and fashionistas alike!

Free

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Workshops

Resource Room: Habitations

Sun 27 March 2022 13:00

We will be exploring the idea of connecting and belonging through habitat building. We will be making nests, habitats, safe spaces and dens from a mixture of natural materials and found materials.

Free

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Performance

Tapestry (including April de Angelis keynote speech)

Wed 30 March 2022 19:00

The Palace Community Centre “Talk and Sew” has been bringing laughter, empowerment and sanctuary to older women sewers Doris, Jan and Mich for the last 20 years. But when their discovery that the local authority is closing the centre coincides with the arrival of a vulnerable teenager to their group, they must work together to confront the truth of what their community group really means to them, and how prepared they are to fight for it to continue.

From £12 - £15

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Performance

The Play’s The Thing Festival Pass

30 March-2 April

MK Gallery are partnering with The Play’s The Thing to present a four-day festival of women in theatre and film. You are very welcome to join us for the individual events or we have day passes and a full festival pass available to purchase.

From £30 - £60

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Performance

Hidden Stories Part 1

Thu 31 March 2022 19:30

Join us for a thought provoking evening of short plays exploring pertinent issues of our times.

From £10 - £12

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Cinema

Coat of Alms

Fri 1 April 2022 19:00

A beauty queen on a quest to eradicate street urchins discovers her lover is part of the network that collects vulnerable children for the purpose of trafficking and road begging.

From £10 - £12

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Cinema

Veronica’s Wish (includes introduction and workshop)

Fri 1 April 2022 14:30

Michael and Veronica are engaged to marry but their journey takes a drastic turn when Veronica gets hit by a mysterious illness days away from her wedding. Veronica must choose between love and saving lives.

From £10 - £12

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Workshops

Amplify

1 April - 31 July 2022

Amplify at MK Gallery will be a free 3-month programme of workshops, performances and events developed for young people aged 16-25 in and out of education, who wish to explore spoken and written word, poetry and text-based practice as a means of both creative expression and a way to give voice to concerns around current social and political issues.

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Family Fun

Young Photographer 2022

1 April - 17 June 2022

Calling all budding young photographers! We’re celebrating all things photography this year through our Ingrid Pollard and Vivian Maier exhibitions and this is your chance to become inspired and get involved.

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Exhibitions

tmr: gallery presents Moments of Integrity 

1 - 30 April 2022

Curated by themusicroom, this exhibition showcases the work of four emerging visual artists and photographers based in Milton Keynes, Zec Luhana, Yan Phong, George Mensah and Sade Popoola. Moments of Integrity explores the everyday instances of integrity, authenticity and originality in our lives. It is about embracing the reality of our lives and the true nature of our beings.  

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Performance

Hidden Stories Part 2

Sat 2 April 2022 12:00

Join us for two short performances which have been commissioned for the The Play’s The Thing festival. This is followed by a Q & A with a panel.

From £10 - £12

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Performance

New Voices

Sat 2 April 2022 10:00

Join young people from across Milton Keynes as they share newly devised pieces of theatre as part of the four day festival.

From £8 - £10

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Performance

The Well (Staged Reading) & Welcome To Mine

Sat 2 April 2022 17:30

Enjoy an evening of two newly commissioned performances by Poppy Corbett and Francis Grin as part of this four day festival.

From £10 - £12

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Performance

Tapestry (including Abi Zakarian closing speech & drinks)

Sat 2 April 2022 20:00

The Palace Community Centre “Talk and Sew” has been bringing laughter, empowerment and sanctuary to older women sewers Doris, Jan and Mich for the last 20 years. But when their discovery that the local authority is closing the centre coincides with the arrival of a vulnerable teenager to their group, they must work together to confront the truth of what their community group really means to them, and how prepared they are to fight for it to continue.

From £12 - £15

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Cinema

Exhibition On Screen: Easter in Art 2022 (PG)

Tue 5 April 2022 19:00

Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

From £7 - £9

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Family Fun

Bramble Ramble 

8 April - 5 June 2022

MK Gallery is happy to be working with Bramble Ramble from Easter 2022. Families will be able to collect their Bramble Ramble kits from MK Gallery to enjoy in Campbell Park throughout the summer term. These kits will provide fun and interesting ways to engage with nature and enjoy the outdoors.

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Talks & Events

BSL Tour – Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

Sat 9 April 2022 11:00

Join artist and tour guide Chisato Minamimura for a British Sign Language tour of our ‘Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning’ exhibition. Gain insight into Pollard’s extensive practice and explore the diverse themes captured within this first major survey of her 40-year career.

Free

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Cinema

ROH Live: La Traviata

Wed 13 April 2022 19:00

In a glamorous and superficial society, a courtesan sacrifices all for love.

From £12 - £18.50

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Cinema

NT Live: Henry V (15)

Sat 23 April 2022 19:00

Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) plays the title role in Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power.

From £12 - £18.50

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Family Fun

Child Tour – Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

23 April-28 May

As part of our family fun days, these artist-led tours will invite families to explore the sensory qualities of our current exhibition, Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning. Our Child Tours are specifically designed for those with additional needs, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

£5

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Family Fun

Toddle Tour – Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

23 April-28 May

As part of our family fun days, these artist-led tours will invite you to explore the sensory qualities of our current exhibition, Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning. Our Toddle Tours are specifically designed for families with little ones aged 5 and under who want to explore the Galleries in a child-friendly way with lots of interactive elements including music, play, and dress-up!

£5

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Family Fun

Family Fun Day: Spring Earth Offering

23 April 2022

Join us for a fun filled afternoon of play celebrating spring with artist Natalie Zervou, to create a giant, collaborative parachute game with collaging and giant stitching.

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Cinema

Northern Ballet: Merlin

Sun 24 April 2022 14:30

Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, Northern Ballet’s Merlin will take you on a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic.

From £12 - £18.50

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Workshops

Cyanotypes with Melanie King

Sat 30 April 2022 14:00

Join artist Melanie King in a workshop exploring this unique and traditional form of photography that does not require a camera. Also known as ‘sun prints’, cyanotypes use the UV reaction from the sun to create stunning and original prints.

£45

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Workshops

Amplify with De’Anne Crooks: Inner Monologue

Sat 30 April 2022 11:00

This workshop with artist De’Anne (they/them) is an uncovering of inner monologues & how they can exist within various art practices. As we learn just how important it is to give space for the voices of young people, this workshop explores our inner voices; experimenting with how we translate, visualise & present inner monologues & why this act of poetry is essential to art, liberation & youth to produce written and recorded monologue pieces.

Free

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Ingrid Pollard, Contenders (detail), 1995, gelatine silver prints, colour prints, 3D objects, dimensions variable. © and courtesy of the artist.

Talks & Events

Carbon Slowly Turning: Movement, Energy, Landscape (Online Conference)

Fri 6 May 2022 10:00

On the occasion of the Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning exhibition, MK Gallery and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art are collaborating on their third conference.

From £10 - £20

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Ingrid Pollard, Contenders (detail), 1995, gelatine silver prints, colour prints, 3D objects, dimensions variable. © and courtesy of the artist.

Talks & Events

Carbon Slowly Turning: Movement, Energy, Landscape (Conference)

Fri 6 May 2022 10:00

On the occasion of the Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning exhibition, MK Gallery and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art are collaborating on their third conference.

From £25 - £35

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Talks & Events

Audio Described Tour – Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

Sat 7 May 2022 11:00

Join artist and tour guide Jonny Clapham for an audio-described tour of our ‘Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning’ exhibition. Gain insight into Pollard’s extensive practice and explore the diverse themes captured within this first major survey of her 40-year career.

Free

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Workshops

Watercolour Pigment Making with Lisa-Marie Price

Sat 7 May 2022 10:00

Lisa will guide you through the paint making process from start to finish, giving tips and guidance on what to look out for when foraging for pigment. The making of natural watercolours is a very mediative process, each pigment with their own feel, smell and texture. All your senses will be used during this workshop and you should leave feeling a sense of calm.

£45

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Performance

Body Arcana Performance

Fri 20 May 2022 19:00

A series of large-scale drawings created by Lesley Asare through movement with her body and oil bars on paper. Each drawing begins with the question “if my body could speak, what would it say?” This question acts as a springboard for the discovery of current life lessons and resources that the body holds through movement.

From Free - £10

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Workshops

Body Arcana with Lesley Asare Workshop

Sat 21 May 2022 10:00

If  your body could speak, what would it say? Join us for a movement and performance workshop with British Ghanian artist Lesley Asare who creates large-scale drawings using her body.

This workshop will explore how self-care can be practiced through the movement of the body and will be recorded on paper using oil bars.

£45

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Cinema

ROH Live: Swan Lake

Sun 22 May 2022 14:00

Lured to the banks of a mysterious lake by his alter-ego, the Evil Genius, Prince Siegfried encounters the most beautiful swan Odette and swears his love to her.

From £12 - £18.50

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Cinema

Exhibition On Screen: Pissarro – The Father of Impressionism

Tue 24 May 2022 19:00

Without Camille Pissarro, there is no Impressionist movement. He is rightfully known as the father of Impressionism.

It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed, and throughout it all he wrote extensively to his family. It is through these intimate and revealing letters that this gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work.

From £7 - £9

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Cinema

NT Live: Straight Line Crazy

Thu 26 May 2022 19:00

Ralph Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra) leads the cast in David Hare’s (Skylight) blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever.

From £12 - £18.50

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Workshops

Amplify with Lesley Asare: Body Arcana

Sat 28 May 2022 11:00

Using the themes explored in Lesley Asare’s Body Arcana performance presented at MK Gallery on Friday 20th May 2022, this workshop aims to create the space for self-reflection through movement, drawing and writing. Participants will connect to their bodies, breathe, move, nourish themselves with ease and give room to what is alive within them in a safe space. 

Free

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Exhibitions

Vivian Maier: Anthology

11 June-25 September

Vivian Maier (1926-2009) has only recently been revealed as one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. She was a professional nanny in New York and Chicago for over 40 years but took hundreds of thousands of photographs, which were found when her belongings went to auction in 2007.

Vivian Maier, Self-portrait, New York, 1953 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY.

From Free - £9.50

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Workshops

Amplify with Dylan Fox: Hot Foil Press Workshop

Sat 11 June 2022 11:00

Working with Dylan Fox (he/him) to consider the impact of text on imagery, you’ll play around with supplied found images (you can also bring your own images) to create and collage your own postcard backgrounds which will then be copied onto A6 postcards. 

Free

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Family Fun

Family Fun Day: Celebration of Differences

25 June 2022

Join us and No Outcome Art in marking Pride Month with a family fun day celebrating what makes us different and exploring how we can practice self-acceptance, gain confidence to take up space as ourselves and widen our understanding of others.

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Workshops

Amplify with Zoe Thompson, sweet-thang zine: Zine Making

Sat 16 July 2022 11:00

Want to learn how to create a zine? Come along to this zine-making workshop with Zoe Thompson, founder of sweet-thang zine. This session will be a chance to sit and play – experimenting with materials to create your own mini-zines/artworks that you can gift to others or use as the basis of your own independent publication!

Free

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