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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.


“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.

Visit the Cornerstone Gallery, Hanoi Art House, Northend Gallery or Earthloop Studio. See the exhibited art in public places, such as MK Central Library, Kingston Library or Summerlin Centre in Woburn Sands. Meet the artists from One Art Studio, Tecton Art Centre in Fenny Stratford and Westbury Arts Centre. Give to Buckingham Art Trail a go. Don’t forget to pop in to the Granary tearoom in MK Museum. Milton Keynes Art Society has their exhibition in Sherwood Gallery and Camphill Cafe. Some of the members of Artists Network Bedfordshire will welcome you in their studios. Residents of Arts Central have prepared a special exhibition for  October and Summerlin Centre will be hosting some the artists along side with a programme for children on 1st October 2017.



Click the image to view the Programme Listings

Festival Pass £20 – gives entry to all events except the children`s workshops on the 1st October.

Tickets for Individual events – can be purchased through Eventbrite. See details below.  Remember to bring your proof of purchase.

Besides the artists, musicians, dancers, film makers, body painters, and many others will contribute to this 9 day programme of creative experience..

Festival Pass £20

This pass gives entry to all events except the workshop on the 29th of Sept and children`s workshops on the 1st October.
Remember to bring your proof of purchase.

 Friday 29th September
Spirituality & Painting Workshop (Cancelled)

This Spirituality and Painting workshop is for anyone who enjoys using creativity to explore and develop their inner wisdom and intuition.

Working intuitively, will allow you to unleash your creative potential and access the unconscious subconscious realms of your mind, thus enabling personal awareness and growth!

We will also use non-religious meditation alongside music as a process for relaxation and meditation. During session, you will be able to experience the following: a focused mind, patience, inner calm and clarity, which can ultimately lead to spiritual insight and enlightenment, thus allowing the flow of creativity. It’s a great tool for personal growth and empowerment. What you create on the day will be meaningful just to you. You will be taking away skills and methods for personal development. Come and let go. Create and discover your inner artist, discover the you!

Led by Tajinder Bhui, followed by a private view with small reception.

Please contact Tajinder for further information. 

  • Westbury Arts Centre, Foxcovert Road, Shenley Wood
  • MK5 6AA
  • 10:00-16:00
  • 45
  • www.westburyartscentre.co.uk.
  • Tajinder Bhui
  • eclipses009@aol.com
  • 07718223179

Eventbrite - (Pre)MK Arts Week - Spirituality & Painting Workshop

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 Saturday 30th September
Festival of Nations

A celebration of international dance, music, poetry, storytelling, photography, film, native dress, games, food and more! To celebrate Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday, this year 50 nations will get involved.

For more information about the event, please contact Amanda Carter-Philpott by email or see the webpage

  • Norfolk House, MK9 2DN
  • 13:00-19:00
  • Free Entry
  • https://artsgatewaymk.org.uk/festival-of-nations/
  • Amanda Carter-Philpott
  • festivalofnations@artscentral.org.uk

A mixture of activities for children (creative paperwork, photography, textile print, storytelling). Find a challenge as well as beauty in story telling, painting, photography and textile print. Try and learn various art techniques
and skills with our tutors. Have fun while discovering your creative potential. Make new friends, share your ideas with us and… have a great time!

Activity leaders: Maarika Joemaa (paper craft), Jon White (storytelling), Marketa Hermova (photography) and Jane Charles (textile print).

Tickets available online or at the door. Payment by card only, no cash please.

Sunday 1st October
The Day for Children’s Art

  • Summerlin Community Centre, MK17 8SG
  • 10:00-16:00
  • 3/workshop/child OR
  • 10/day/child
  • Marketa Hermova
  • marketa.hermova@artsgatewaymk.org.uk
  • http://www.woburnsands.org.uk

Eventbrite - MK Arts Week - The Day for Children’s Art

 Monday 2nd October
Street Photography

Learn the basics of street photography techniques that will make every future
trip to an interesting city memorable for you. Find your way to connect city streets with people. Learn how to interact with strangers!

With photographer Lora Genova at and (if weather is good) around Arts Central.

The capacity is limited. Please email to Lora in order to book your place.

  • Norfolk House, MK9 2DN
  • 17:00-19:00
  • 5
  • Lora Genova
  • lora.genova@gmail.com
  • www.artsgatewaymk.org.uk

Eventbrite - MK Arts Week - Street Photography with Lora Genova


Tuesday 3rd October
Craft Making Workshop

A creative afternoon with artist Maarika Joemaa who will bring fresh ideas to the table for home & decor. Produce your own creative bottle. There will be a range of various design styles to choose from.
Come with a friend, mother or sister and create a new feature for your living room. Bring with you: a glass bottle if you have one!

  • Stantonbury Campus, MK14 6BN
  • 16:00-18:00
  • 5
  • Maarika White
  • maarikaart@gmail.com
  • http://www.stantonbury.org.uk

Eventbrite - MK Arts Week - Craft Making Workshop


 Wednesday 4th October
Film Screening at MK11

4th October: The Film Fest…

7 short movies will be screened and presented by their producers at MK11 Bar, Kiln Farm

Movies, No Such Things As Monsters, The Road, Not Just For Christmas, Fool’s Gold are a few examples of short films that will be presented by their producers on the day.

“Life is like a pilgrimage down a road with one simple rule “Keep on the Road”,
however humans are inquisitive and flawed and get tempted off the path
of righteousness.”

Bar open all evening. Drink reception with film producers at 9.00pm. The event is for adults ONLY.


  • MK11 Bar, Kiln Farm, MK11 3LH
  • 18:30-21:30
  • 5
  • Jon White
  • jon.white@inspiredideasltd.com
  • www.mk11kilnfarm.com

Eventbrite - MK Arts Week - Film Screening at MK11

Check out all the info on the films and the filmmakers…

 Friday 6th, Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th October
Open Studios & Market

Join us at the Arts Central Open Days (part of MK Arts Week) where you can meet our residents, have a look at their studios and their stalls.

There will be an exciting mix of creatives from crafts, jewellery, photography, fine art, illustration, film & television, and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to watch people work, ask questions, and look at the exhibition. Browse amongst the stalls of the Arts Market where you can find works from the residents.

Find out more

  • Arts Central, Norfolk House, MK9 2DN
  • 11:30-19:00 Friday
  • 11:00-19:00 Saturday
  • 12:00-19:00 Sunday
  • Free Entry
  • Susan Mooiman
  • sdecodesign@hotmail.com
  • ArtsCentral.org.uk

Friday 6th October
Art Fusion (Cancelled)

**Please note this event has been cancelled.  Due to unexpected illness of the producer, we regret we will not be able to put the event on this year.  We will focus our energies on trying to put on another body painting event next year.  Apologies for any disappointment caused.**

Learn a language of fashion designers, visual artists and body painters. Come to watch our show of fascinating colours, costumes and light effects. A choreographed dance performance of 6 models in eye-catching costumes complemented by body painting.

  • Norfolk House (3rd floor), 433 Silbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes
  • 20:00-22:00
  • 7
  • www.artsgatewaymk.org.uk

Eventbrite - MK Arts Week - Art Fusion

 Saturday 7th October
The Day for Dance

“Everybody can dance and we want you to dance with us.”

Contemporary, ceroc, latin and swing dance style. We are bringing a range of dance styles which you can learn in Buckingham, Milton Keynes or Northampton on a weekly basis. The 50 min funky lessons are for all ages with professional instructors and teachers.

Workshops led by Stuart Waters, MOTUS dance group, Ceroc Beds Bucks, Bryan Salsa Rica and Sandy from Swing Dance MK.


2.30pm – 3.45pm Stuart Waters with Motus Dance group (Dynamic Contemporary Gaga Dance Style)
4pm – 4.45pm Ceroc Beds Bucks
5pm – 5.45pm Swing Dance MK
6pm – 6.45pm Bryan Salsa Rica (Salsa Cubana)
7pm – Performance time
7.30 – 9.30pm – Live music played by Lost Latinos

Refreshments: Drinks and snacks.

Price: £9 if booked online by 30th September 2017, door price: £10

  • King's Community Centre, Wolverton MK12 5LY
  • 14:30-21:00
  • 9
  • Marketa Hermova
  • marketa.hermova@artsgatewaymk.org.uk

Eventbrite - MK Arts Week - The Day for Dance

Sunday 8th October
Open Studio & Raku Pottery Workshop (sold out)

Raku Workshop now SOLD OUT!

Open Studio & Exhibition on both 7th & 8th October. A family-friendly event in the artist’s studio with her work on show.

Raku Pottery Workshop on Sunday the 8th only. – The capacity is limited: 60 people

Raku Kiln Firing ..Have a go! (unless raining very heavily!) ‘Raku’ is a Japanese glazing technique for firing pottery.
Visitors, including children, will be able to have a go glazing a ceramic fish made nationally recognised craft and wood print maker, Diana Tonnison.

Fish £6.50 each, watch it being fired, when it’s cool scrub it up and take it home! Process takes around hour and half.

Tea, cakes and refreshments available. Children must be accompanied by adults at all times.

  • 6 Weavers End, MK19 7PA, Milton Keynes
  • 11:00-16:00
  • 6.50
  • Diana Tonnison
  • diana@tonnison.co.uk
  • www.dianatonnison.co.uk

Eventbrite - MK Arts Week - Raku Pottery Workshops

 Sunday 8th October
Private View/Drinks Reception

Private view of exhibited art from Arts Central Residents from 3rd Floor Norfolk House.

Join the Private View & Drink Receptions. Meet the artists, performers, tutors, film makers. Bring friends, family and make the best of  a 9 day programme.

Why not stay on and buy a ticket to see the Art in Motion performance/talk for just £5. See event link just to the right.

For more information please email to John Best.

  • Arts Central, 106-108 Saxon Gate West, Norfolk House East (3rd Floor), MK9 2DN
  • 18:00
  • FREE
  • John Best
  • john.best@artsgatewaymk.org.uk

 Sunday 8th October
Art in Motion

Mixed art genres, back for a third time, as visual art is served in an interactive untraditional way. Four painters each narrate as they complete a 15-minute
canvas while contemporary dancers perform, musician interprets and audience respond. The next artist then takes their turn… The audience is encouraged to ask questions and voice opinions throughout.

Artists: Sonia Bacchus, Elaine McKenzie, Matt Waruszynski and Nicola Saunderson
Dancers: Kennedy Jane, Daniel Potter;
Musician: Peter Daley;
Audience: Unmissable – bring your friends

For more information please email to John Best.

  • Arts Central, Norfolk House, MK9 2DN
  • 19:30-21:30 Performance
  • 5
  • John Best
  • john.best@artsgateway.mk.org.uk

Eventbrite - MK Arts Week - Art in Motion

Click on the image to view the Milton Keynes Arts Week Brochure.

Artist Opening Times

The registration for the year 2017 is closed now. Please, contact us in order to book your place in 2018.


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’

Milton Keynes Arts Week 2017 would like to thank the following sponsors without whom the event could not happen:

Looking back on 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.

The second Milton Keynes Arts Week officially starts on Saturday 30th September with the Festival of Nations 2017 at Norfolk House, Central Milton Keynes, and continues until 8th October with the final event Art in Motion, again at Norfolk House.

Westbury Arts Centre are hosting three pre-Festival events on Friday 29th September: a workshop, private view and small reception.

Building on last year`s success, there will be almost 100 exhibiting artists from Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire showing a great variety of artworks. Lovers of art get the chance to visit studios and exhibitions, maybe to buy directly from the local artists, thereby supporting art micro-businesses, art clubs and societies around Milton Keynes.