MAKE (MK Cultural Education Partnership) is delighted to announce that its new Schools Relationship Manager is now in post. Catherine Rose is a classically trained musician with a wealth of experience in the arts and arts education. Over the coming months Catherine will be building new relationships with schools in the MK area, helping MAKE to become stronger and more representative of the schools’ voice. If your schools is interested in MAKE please email email@example.com to be put in touch with Catherine.
We are pleased to present a commissioning opportunity open to artists, practitioners and cultural organisations. The commissions, part of the Pedalling Culture project, are for arts activities/interventions during Summer 2018, which encourage greater engagement with the Redways of Milton Keynes. We are looking for projects that will encourage citizens and visitors to take part in active exploration of the Redway network, its environment and the cultural venues and sites that the network links to.
Pedalling Culture is a 2-year funded programme running from April 2017-April 2019. The project is led by a consortium of cultural organisations: Arts and Heritage Alliance, Bletchley Park, Destination MK, MK Council, MK Gallery and MK City Centre Management. The first phase of Pedalling Culture has focused on improving and building infrastructure, including increasing the number of electric vehicle charge points at cultural venues and improving wayfinding and signage to cultural venues on the Redways.
The second phase of this project is community engagement – encouraging people to make use of the Redways, better understand the combined walking and cycling network, and to use it to find their way to cultural venues across the city. To do this we are commissioning a programme of walking and cycle based events that use interactive arts activity to engage local residents and people working in Milton Keynes, as well as attracting visitors to Milton Keynes.
Please see the Pedalling Culture Commissioning Brief Final for full information. Deadline for applications is 7th March 2018.
The Arts and Heritage Alliance are managing this commissioning opportunity in partnership with the Pedalling Culture project, funded by Arts Council England through the Cultural Destinations Fund.
Each year we collect data from our members to show the impact of arts and heritage in Milton Keynes. This year the combined impact of our members is:
To see the full Annual Report 2016-17 click here: AHA-MK Annual Report 2016-17
Our Annual Report collates data from our members and presents it in a one-page summary that we disseminate to our members and Trustees, as well as to Councillors, funding bodies, stakeholders and businesses – spreading the word about the great work our members deliver. By collaborating in this way, our members are able to demonstrate impact much more effectively than they can on their own.
A vibrant cultural offer lies at the heart of successful cities today. With Milton Keynes as one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and now bidding for European Capital of Culture 2023, the need for cultural guardianship within the city has never been greater. To fulfil this need, The Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK) is seeking new Trustee Board members who share the organisation’s cultural ambitions for Milton Keynes.
AHA-MK seeks individuals, who are passionate about arts and heritage, to support our growing membership organisation in its remit to champion the rich heritage and the creative future of Milton Keynes.
Formed in 2003, AHA-MK has developed significantly in size and scope since its early days into a strategic forum with 38 member organisations. In 2014, we registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Our members are all contributing to the vibrant cultural landscape of Milton Keynes and actively engage with AHA-MK activity through meetings, continuing professional development and collaborative projects.
For the full role description and details of how to express your interest, please download the AHA-MK Trustee Job Description.
Deadline for expressions of interest: 30th October 2017.
The film of Westbury Arts Centre’s For the Fallen, the development of the banners, the dancing and the finale…
Arts for Health (Milton Keynes) are inviting submissions for the Shoosmiths Art Prize 2015.
Shoosmiths Art Prize is an innovative competition aimed at providing opportunities for artists to reach wide and diverse audiences through exhibiting at Milton Keynes University Hospital.
Shoosmiths Art Prize 2015, cash prize of £1000 selected by the jury.
People’s Choice 2015, purchase prize selected by public vote*
Shoosmiths Choice 2015, purchase prize selected by Shoosmiths staff**
* up to the value of £700 and only works which are for sale and within this value will be entered into this prize. This prize is supported by the Friends of Milton Keynes Hospital and Community. ** up to the value of £250 and only works which are for sale and within this value will be entered into this prize.
Baroness Wall, Chair Milton Keynes University Hospital
Sophie Hall, Gallery Director, Flowers
Julia Alvarez, Curator, Bearspace
Fionnuala Boyd, Artist
Gary Assim, Partner Shoosmiths LLP
Details for Entry
- Artists are invited to submit up to ten pieces of work for inclusion in the exhibition.
- Applications are open to artists at all stages of their careers.
- All work must be wall based and suitable to be displayed using a rod and track hanging system.
- All works submitted must be available for exhibition from 27 July 2015 – 31 March 2016.
- The jury will shortlist artists to be invited to exhibit work at Milton Keynes University Hospital and/or Shoosmiths Lawyers Office in Milton Keynes
Interested artists need to submit the following:-
- Completed Entry Form – found here: http://mkartsforhealth.org.uk/artprize2014/
- An artist’s statement of a maximum of 300 words describing your working practice and submitted entries.
- No more than 10 digital images of work. Image files must be saved as JPG files at a minimum 72dpi and maximum 300dpi.
- A non-refundable entry fee of £15.
Forget dancing in the street, this May is all about dancing in the park!
MÓTUS Dance Festival is back again for 2015 on Sunday 31st May.
Performances will kick off in and around MK Gallery before moving on to new pastures in Campbell Park. The festival will feature professional and community dancers alikeanimating the sites in central Milton Keynes.
The event is free to attend and there are two opportunities to catch the action. Audiences are invited to meet at MK Gallery at either 3pm or 5.30pm from where they will process to Campbell Park with the performance culminating at the MK Rose.
Helen Parlor, artistic director for MÓTUS, commented: “The premise of this year’s festival is to support and commission dance artists/ companies to come and make work here in Milton Keynes. Instead of presenting pre-existing work, companies have selected sites around Campbell Park and MK Gallery to interact with, in order to create original and vibrant performances.”
The line-up of professional companies visiting Milton Keynes as part of MÓTUS includes ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, Ceyda Tanc Dance and Inverted Company (Tamzen Moulding). With influences ranging from contemporary dance to Turkish folk dance to acrobatics, the performances are set to be a visual feast.
Local schools are jumping on board with students from Denbigh School and The Grove Independent School working with professional choreographers on commissions. Young people from Milton Keynes based Initiate Youth Dance Company will also perform as part of the unfolding promenade.
Also getting involved is Mark Niel, Poet Laureate for Milton Keynes and Development Officer for the MK Rose. Mark will be presenting a newly commissioned poem and might even don his dancing shoes for the occasion.
An event which all the family can enjoy, MÓTUS 2015 will be a fun and cultural afternoon out to wrap up the half term holiday.
As a prelude to the main event, the MÓTUS team will present a work in progress platform on Friday 29th May at Centric MK in Linford Wood. Here, audience members will be able to give direct responses to the work on show – feeding into the creative process and development of new work.
For further information, contact Effie McGuire Ward at MÓTUS: 07986404179 / firstname.lastname@example.org
MÓTUS Production Team:
Artistic Director: Helen Parlor
Assistant Directors: Chris Bradley & Effie McGuire Ward
Full Programme line-up of Artists/ Companies:
Charlie Brittain, Ceyda Tanc Dance, Julia Cheng, Club Mob, John Darvell, Initiate Youth Dance Company, Inverted Company, Chloe Tasker, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre.
Tickets for Work in Progress Event:
Enjoy three family favourite films at Campbell Park this summer on 17th August.
This year’s line up is:
1pm – Toy Story 2
3pm – Hook
6pm – Top Gun
Age Range: All ages
No parking in the park.
Nearest recommended public parking at Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.
Booking Required: No
Date: 15th August 2014
Time: Gates open at 6:30pm; Concert begins at 8pm
Location: Campbell Park Amphitheatre
The Parks Trust and Milton Keynes City Orchestra present an evening of uplifting music, fireworks and fizz! Last year’s uplifting numbers included Dambusters and patriotic numbers like Rule Britannia.
2014 Full ProgrammeGlinka Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla
Rossini Largo al Factotum
Sousa Stars and stripes
Butterworth Banks of Green Willow
Coates March: The Dam Busters
Puccini Vissi D’Arte
Bizet Carmen Suite
Tchaikovsky: Waltz: The Sleeping Beauty
Offenbach: Can-Can from Orpheus in the Und.
Suppe Overture: Light cavalry
Bizet Toreador Song
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise: Eugene Onegin
Mozart La Ci Darem la mano
Rodgers and Hammerstein You’ll never walk Alone
Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs
(Tom Bowling and Hornpipe)
Arne arr Sargent Rule Britannia
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance
Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton
Baritone: James Cleverton
Soprano: Emily Haig
Located in Campbell Park Amphitheatre.
Recommended parking at Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.
Price: £12/ Adult; £8/Child; £32/Family (2A2C or 1A3C)
No public parking in the park.
Recommended parking at Milton Keynes Shopping Centre and MK Theatre Multi-Storey. Postcode for Sat-Nav users MK9 3NZ
Booking Required: Click here to book – http://www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on/event-details/866
Presenting 10 amazing days including a night-time spectacle from France played out on Willen Lake, contemporary circus from Australia, family events, live music, comedy and cabaret in the exotic Spiegeltent, a monumental walk-in sculpture in thecentre:mk, specially commissioned installations and events, and extraordinary sound and light interventions that move across the cityscape.
View the full programme here: http://www.ifmiltonkeynes.org/festival-programme.html and here you can flick through an e-version of the IF brochure: http://www.ifmiltonkeynes.org/festival-news.html/flick-through-a-virtual-festival-brochure.html
IF: Milton Keynes International Festival has been transforming Central Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces since 2010.
Produced by internationally renowned music organisation The Stables, the Festival is underpinned by an ongoing theme of sound and music. Over 10 days, the high quality programme features artists and companies from across the world and consists of large-scale outdoor events, international productions, a highly decorated ‘Spiegeltent’ hosting comedy, cabaret and live music, pop-ups and events designed to take place in specific buildings or public spaces.
The Festival has a growing reputation for also presenting UK premieres, commissioning new work and embedding an Artist-In-Residence into its programme. IF is delivered every two years with funding from Arts Council England and Milton Keynes Council, and support from businesses, trusts and foundations.
Monica Ferguson, Festival Director and Chief Executive of The Stables: “IF: Milton Keynes International Festival is growing with each edition, and we are delighted to see it playing an increasingly strategic and important role in Milton Keynes’ cultural life as well as raising the city’s profile nationally and internationally.”