MAKE (Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership) seeks Freelance School Relationship Manager

MAKE (the MK CEP) is a major collaboration   led by AHA-MK , with investment from  Artswork, that aims to ensure cultural education in MK is joined up, visible and well-resourced.  MAKE has 40 members working across education, youth, health and culture.  CEPs are an Arts Council England initiative supported by Bridge organisations that aims to increase creative and cultural opportunities for children and young people and develop better relationships between cultural organisations and schools.  One of around 100 CEPs across England, MAKE has raised £250k for cultural education delivery in MK since its launch in 2015. 

MAKE seeks a Freelance School Relationship Manager. Reporting to the MAKE project manager. Duties include:

  • Engaging with at least 20 schools
  • Develop the schools network with AHA-MK and its members through visiting schools and talking to headteachers
  • Present teachers with a comprehensive package of what opportunities there are for schools with local cultural engagement activity
  • Document the concerns and challenges of teachers, boards of governors and heads when developing cultural programmes in schools
  • Document an understanding of teachers’ needs around cultural education and its methods
  • Assist the AHA-MK Programming and Partnership in the development of advocacy materials, case studies and films (or use of existing material)
  • Promote the benefits of Arts Award for children and young people and Artsmark as the quality mark to schools
  • Increase take-up of Arts Award and Artsmark in at least 10 schools
  • Write a report and evaluation, detailing outputs, outcomes and recommendations

The successful candidate will have experience of working within the arts and an educational setting and knowledge of the arts organisations in Milton Keynes. They will be a team player with a positive approach to work, and an empathic approach to others. Clear, creative and strategic thinking is essentail, along with evidence of relationship building.

This role will run throughout Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020. The fee is £5000.

Please apply no later than Thursday 12th September to

All applications must be a CV and covering letter stating:

  • A timetable for delivery.
  • A breakdown of days and costs,
  • Details of insurances
  • Details of any other people you may work with during the process
  • Details of referees

MAKE (Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership) seeks Freelance Fundraising and Development Mentor 


MAKE seeks a freelance Fundraising and Development Mentor to deliver a programme of fundraising and development training and mentoring for MAKE members.

Through investment by Artswork, MAKE offers a Development Mentor fee of £4,200. The Development Mentor will provide two full-day bespoke fundraising and development training and mentoring sessions to a cohort of 24 MK arts and cultural organisations. These sessions will explore:

  • New revenue streams
  • Sponsorship and philanthropy opportunities
  • New sources of funding via trusts, foundations etc.
  • Cultural commissioning – opportunities, working with commissioners, becoming ‘commission ready’
  • Investment partnerships

Subsequently, the Development Mentor will work closely with a cohort of five. This work will take place between Autumn 2019 and Summer 2020 and will allow participants to develop a Fundraising Strategy and timeline for collaborative MAKE project bids. It will support the development and submission/implementation/pitching of bids, campaigns and proposals. It is expected that this group will become a Fundraising sub-group for MAKE and will continue to support the growth and development of cultural education in MK by supporting a range of collaborative projects and initiatives.

In addition to prep and planning for 3 full-day sessions and 4 half-day sessions the Development Mentor will:

  • Meet and liaise with the MAKE PM to discuss and plan the programme outline and its evaluation methods (Autumn 2019)
  • Independently develop programme, plan training and mentoring approach, source materials (Autumn 2019)
  • Share experience of programme at a MAKE partnership meeting (Summer 2020)
  • With MAKE PM compile and collate data for evaluation report (Summer 2020)

The successful candidate will have experience of working in a complex environment, ideally within the arts or an educational setting. They will have demonstrable experience as a trainer, and of working in a fundraising role, as well as a proven track record of raising funds from trusts and foundations, with experience of a wider fundraising mix. They will be a team player with a positive approach to work. Clear, creative and strategic thinking is essential.

Please submit a CV and covering letter stating why you are suitable for this role to by close of business, 12th September 2019.

AHA-MK seeks a Programme & Partnership Manager

Come and work with the Arts and Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes and make an impact on the creative and cultural landscape of MK.  We are looking for a Programme and Partnership Manager to support our Alliance of 40 members and to lead on two important projects for the city: Cultural Equality, Inclusion and Diversity; and the next stage of our Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership under its new brand name MAKE.

We are looking for a self-starter who will also enjoy working in partnership with our members from the arts and heritage sector, with the Chair, Treasurer and trustees, and with wider stakeholders across MK and our region; someone with a passion for culture who is a good communicator, and a good deliverer. Could this be you?

For the full information and details of how to apply please see the Job Description below.  This is a flexible freelance contract based on 22.5 hours a week at a rate of £23 per hour.

Please email the Chair on if you have any questions.

Pedalling Culture Community Engagement Commissions

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.

The Value of Culture to Milton Keynes

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.

Photo Courtesy of Milton Keynes Arts Centre

AHA-MK Trustee Board Member Role

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.


Shoosmiths Art Prize 2015

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:
  • 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.

We request that entries are submitted using To do this you will need to create a dropbox folder and share it with

MÓTUS Dance Festival returns for 2015

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 /


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:

MOTUS legge

Open Air Cinema in Campbell Park

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

Price: Free

Age Range: All ages

Meeting Place:

No parking in the park.

Nearest recommended public parking at Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.

Booking Required: No