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Working with Schools: Development day for Creative/Cultural Provider

Working with Schools: A development day for Creative and Cultural Providers 15th March 2017 – 1-3pm Arts Gateway MK, Third Floor, Norfolk House, Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 2AH A development day for creative professionals who would like to explore the possibility of working with schools and other youth-focused agencies. Participants are welcomed from a wide range of creative and cultural industries and it is suitable for freelancers and organisations. Participants will; • Hear from established Milton Keynes artist Jane Charles about her work with schools • Explore the Culture Challenge with Kayte Judge and the practical ways this free service, run in conjunction with ArtsGateway MK and MK Council can help you reach schools, including some of the funding available • See case studies

Creative Workspace Network Project Manager: paid work opportunity

Last year Arts Gateway led a sub-regional project funded by the Arts Council to identify and connect organisations offering creative workspace across the SEMLEP sub-region. This was successfully delivered up to a sub-regional launch meeting held in April at The Hat Factory in Luton. The project manager Amy Waruszynski stood down on the birth of her son in the summer, and there remains funding for a second phase of implementation. We are looking for a capable creative to pull the threads together in the first half of 2017, reporting into the reconvened steering group. The aims of the project remain to: a. Enable creative workspaces to collaborate and benefit from training, lobbying, advice and the sharing of resources b. Create a robust network equipped to

Project Manager required for MK Arts Week 2017

Arts Gateway is looking for a PROJECT MANAGER to run the second MK Arts Week annual mixed arts/open studios event planned for 30th September to 8th October 2017. Arts Gateway MK is continuing this annual programme designed to involve creative artists in a range of genres, across MK and neighbouring areas. MKAW 2016 was funded and successful, and left a small surplus to pump-prime 2017. An early task will be to secure the funding for 2017 go ahead with the expectation that the post will be paid, as for the 2015 pilot and 2016 initial year. Alex Stacey last year very effectively showed how it could be done, and is available to brief her replacement. We are looking for a self-starter, able to organize the

Rachel Baker ‘Tributes: A Stroke of Pencil and Pain

Rachel Baker (Arts Central Resident) ‘Tributes: A Stroke of Pencil and Paint’ Private View 4 February 2017 7.30pm to 9 pm – RSVP ‘here’ or by email info@artsgatewaymk.org.uk A collection of portraits, wildlife and landscapes using pencil, graphite pencil and acrylics The exhibition will run from 16 January to 17 February 2017 The gallery is open for viewings weekdays between 12 and 2pm. Rachel Baker: Rachel Baker is a portrait artist working from Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. She is pursing her passion of art by capturing treasured memories, character and soul with the stroke of pencil and paint that will last a lifetime.  From images of beloved animals, she creates a unique, one of a kind portrait that makes a wonderful, personalized gifts for family or

Arts Central Resident wins acclaimed Fashion award

Folaji Fasanya-Omoyeni won a ‘star’ award at Europe’s biggest award ceremony celebrating black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts (BEFFTA). She was given the award for her ‘remarkable achievements and outstanding contributions’ to the fashion industry. The BEFFTA awards were founded by entrepreneur, TV presenter and philanthropist Pauline Long in 2009 to celebrate greatness within the African, Caribbean and Asian communities. Folaji’s fashion brand ‘FFOLAJI LONDON’ showcased their IMAAN collection, which was inspired by supermodel, Iman. The IMAAN collection consists of day time and evening wear created with custom made print, designed exclusively for FFOLAJI LONDON. The pieces consisted of intricately embellished garments made out of delicate and flowy fabrics like chiffon and satin. FFOLAJI LONDON started as a business in

Freelance Opportunity: Redhouse Park Arts Project

HELP ANIMATE A NEW COMMUNITY – CURATOR FOR NEW ART PROJECT Freelance Opportunity: Redhouse Park Arts Project, Milton Keynes The Redhouse Park Arts Project Board are seeking to appoint a person on a freelance basis, who will work with local residents and the Board to draw up framework plan to inform, guide and co-ordinate this exciting opportunity. Redhouse Park is in the North East corner of Great Linford parish and lies on the North side of Wolverton Road between the Linford Lakes Nature reserve and the Newport Pagnell service station (west side). The site was formerly the home of Rocla pipes, which excavated material from what is now the Nature reserve and used it to make large diameter concrete pipes on the site. A key

Highlights from Art in The Park 2016

Remembering the highlights from this year’s Art in the Park Festival! Thank you to everyone that joined us this year to celebrate Art in the Park 2016, we were pleased to welcome over 10,000 visitors to the colourful event at Campbell Park. You can view the highlights from this year’s festival below, or why not tell us what you thought about the event on our Facebook Page. This year Nottingham Based Artist Nadim Chaudry created one of his largest colourful Installations to date which filled the large Art Marquee at this year’s Art in the Park. Find out more here. This year’s festival saw a wide range of talent, from dancers to artists as well as some delicious culinary treats from a wide range of cultures.

MK celebrates its diverse creativity at Festival of Nations 2016

Milton Keynes Arts Week was launched with a fanfare on Sunday (24th), as Arts Central welcomed the world through its creative doors at Norfolk House and Clyde House.  Festival of Nations 2016 is the third time the parent charity Arts Gateway MK has put on Festival of Nations, which brings together the creative heritage of all of MK`s diverse communities. Highlight of the Festival of Nations opening was the performance by Blabul Al Sharq, made up of the family of Belal Alasal, refugees recently arrived from Damascus.  Belal and his three small children were so touched by their welcome to Milton Keynes that they jumped at the opportunity to say thank you. MK Arts Week was opened by Deputy Mayor Cllr David Hopkins and Mayoress

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