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Milton Keynes Arts Week 2017

MILTON KEYNES ARTS WEEK
30th September to 8th October 2017

Milton Keynes Arts Week invites you to join us for our second annual event this autumn.

For 2017, we are building a vibrant and exciting programme for you to explore the range and depth of talent within Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. You will be able to meet the artists and see their latest works at their working studios, pop up exhibitions, local galleries, museums and cafes. In addition, there will be specially selected events run exclusively through the nine day period, including a repeat of last years hugely successful Festival of Nations and also an expansion of our open studios programme and arts trails.

WHAT TO EXPECT

MKAW will be running a rich programme of live performance art spanning dance, music and theatre. We encourage cross-collaboration between the genres and reactive idea generation to allow visitors to follow along as the Artists develop the piece. This fresh approach will allow the opportunity for those already versed in the diversity of the Milton Keynes art scene, to get an in-depth insight into the processes employed by creatives today and will also serve as an approachable introduction to those new to the subject, keen to engage and introduce their family in a unique and memorable way.

“The concept of bringing three different art forms together in an interactive performance is innovative and exciting. Audience feedback was very positive. It was good as a performer to hear different interpretations of the performance.”

Artist participating in ‘Art in Motion’

We will also be continuing our popular Open Studios event. Here artists and the public get the chance to meet in the artists work space and explore their studio and pieces together. It is a great introduction to new talents or asking your favorite artists questions about their process and learning about their upcoming projects. There will be a number of locations open to explore through the nine day period and artists also have to option to join with other artists to display together in a pop-up exhibition.

There will be a selection of Arts Trails to visit. These will span public artworks, galleries, museums and cafes where you can either follow the suggested route or go for an adventure on your own, choosing your own route for a big day out or perhaps explore bit-by-bit over your lunch break.

The very popular Festival of Nations will be back this year. As our main event, it will bring together even more communities from across Milton Keynes to share their cultural heritage with one another. You can expect music, costume, dance, food, poetry and workshops for all ages.

“It was a privilege to be invited to the Festival of Nations event yesterday and a pleasure to participate in it in a small way.  It is so magnanimous an idea which fits the scale of your larger enterprise which wants to give all of the artists and creatives in Milton Keynes a home to work from and a place to share their ideas and talents in. “

Member of public attending ‘Festival of Nations’

GET INVOLVED

To register your interest in participating in this years MKAW and Open Studios, please contact us via mkartsweek@artsgatewaymk.org.uk. It would be helpful to include a link to your online portfolio or if you are an artist or photographer, 3-5 jpg images attached in an email with a short biography, where in Milton Keynes you are based and an appropriate means of contact. We will keep your details on record and contact you when the appropriate time comes. We are interested in hearing your proposals and will also post opportunities as they arise on our website and via social media.

LOOKING BACK AT MKAW 2016

Last year, Milton Keynes Arts Week had its very first event and it was a great success!

Mix3d Stitch, Upstart Printmakers and Artists@Lavendon all took part in pop-up venues across Milton Keynes. We included exhibitions of work by our local societies: Milton Keynes Society of Artists, Stony Stratford Art Society and Buckingham Art for All, who all updated their regular art trail.

Exhibition venues included Camphill Café, The Three Hares Gallery at the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney, Lavendon Pavilion, Milton Keynes Museum, Hospital and Library, Arts Central at Norfolk House and Clyde House, Bar Bar Black Sheep in Wolverton, Northend Studio Milton Keynes Village and Westbury Arts Centre. In Buckingham the arts trail venues are even more varied; business parks, pubs, estate agents, beauty therapists, music shop, cafes and restaurants, community centres and the library.

To the south of Milton Keynes we had the Tecton Art Centre and Gallery in Fenny Stratford, and on the northern side in south Northamptonshire was Vitreus Studio at Pottersbury.

Another interesting aspect of arts crossing genres and applications can be seen in the links with therapy.  So on the Art as therapy trail: we had Trevor Jeavons open studio; for the ‘Paint your cake and Eat It’ workshop from Arts for Health with artist Emma Wilde;  and the ‘Painting and Spirituality’ workshop at Westbury run by Tajinder Bhui.

SPONSORS

MKAW 2016 would like to thank the following sponsors without whom, the event could not happen: