Unveiling of the ‘New Griffin’ design in the Conniburrow/Downs Barn underpass with “Act of Gold”; a community performance celebrating Milton Keynes’ urban heritage as part of Milton Keynes 50th Anniversary.
As part of the “Underpasses: connecting people connecting places” project, On The Verge unveiled the first of two new underpass artworks and hosted a community performance by 100+ residents and children on Friday 10th February at the Conniburrow/Downs Barn underpass off Conniburrow Boulevard, under Marlborough Street. The performance lasted approximately 15 minutes, followed by refreshments and celebratory activities in the Southwood School Assembly Hall.
The New Griffin artwork design, is inspired by conversations with the community and the accompanying performance featured the children of Southwood and Germander Park schools and the Conniburrow Community Choir.
This celebration featured a brief outdoor performance and the unveiling of two interpretation panels within the underpass itself. Afterward there was an opportunity to view OTV’s two children publications: ‘Travelling in Time’ and ‘MY MK’ .
On The Verge are working in close partnership with local residents, artists and project partners: MK Council, The Parks Trust and the MK City Discovery Centre, to enhance two underpasses that link the original CMK estates, with an aim to collectively create a more positive identity and instil greater pride and ownership. The Heritage Lottery Funded project has commissioned the artists’ collective RARA to work with local residents on the transformation of the Conniburrow/Downs Barn underpass, and later this month, the Fishermead/Oldbrook underpass.
On the Verge is delivering the year long ‘Underpasses: connecting people, connecting places’ project since 2016. The ‘Underpasses’ project aims to connect residents with the unique heritage of the ‘New Town’ of Milton Keynes, tying into MK50 anniversary celebrations in 2017.
Project outputs include:
Community engagement programme lead by RARA an artist cooperative.
Heritage inspired artwork and interpretation panels for two underpasses in four estates around Central Milton Keynes
Interpretation panels for Secklow Mound and for Boyd & Evans painting ‘Underpass’ at the CMK/Campbell park underpass
Two children’s publications on MK’s ‘New Town’ history: ‘Travelling in Time’ and ‘MY MK’
‘Underpasses’ an exhibition tracing the development of Milton Keynes at the Discover Milton Keynes at CMK Library
A heritage trail leaflet: ‘The Story of Housing in Milton Keynes’ (in four estates around CMK) and a version of it for children.
2017 will mark the 50th year since Milton Keynes was officially designated and to celebrate, MK plans to host city wide events and activities that will be open to the local residents and visitors alike.
This is a special milestone for Milton Keynes, not just because it has been 50 years, but also because some of the major contributions that the city has made over the past half-century.
Milton Keynes is centre to some of the World’s most important discoveries. It is the home of some very influential pioneers, visionaries, artists and it holds significant Heritage that has helped shape our world in ways that you may not know.
From the WWII Code Breakers of Bletchley Park right through to the set location of iconic films such as Superman IV, Milton Keynes is a treasure trove of innovation, historic relevance and celebrity stopping place; the city is bursting with heritage & culture that deserves to be recognised.
Discovering MK, The Digital Landmark Trail
Amongst the many exciting activities set to take place next year, AHA-MK and Partners are in the process of developing an innovative project that will be unlike anything the city has seen yet – A Digital Landmark Trail focusing on 50 of MK’s most iconic landmarks to date.
What is special about Milton Keynes? Some would be inclined to ask such a question; others dismiss it as a city with one to many roundabouts and a shopper’s paradise, but hidden behind the misconceptions lies a City with a remarkable heritage and cultural scene.
Discovering MK aims to showcase this and will take participants on a fascinating tour around the City, stopping at some of MK’s most characteristic landmarks and informing them about its impressive history along the way.
Discovering MK will be a fun filled trail with lots of occasions that the whole family will enjoy, but rest assured individuals of all ages and backgrounds can join in on the fun too.
Join us at the new Festive Road HQ on 1st June: meet the external European Capital of Culture bid advisor appointed by MK Council and hear about his experience to date; after lunch, be part of a workshop to help develop the narrative for our bid.
The Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK), in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, is looking to recruit a young person (aged 16-24 and currently claiming JobSeekers Allowance), to join our organisation as a Cultural Projects Intern. This role will provide opportunities to learn about the cultural sector in Milton Keynes, to work on project research and development, and to support key cultural initiatives for the borough.
AHA-MK is a membership organisation that aims to represent, develop and promote the arts and heritage sectors of Milton Keynes. Our members (currently a total of 35) include Bletchley Park, The Stables, MK Theatre, MK Gallery, MK Museum, Living Archive, MK Arts for Health, MK City Discovery Centre, MK Islamic Arts Heritage & Culture, Independent Cinema MK, MK City Orchestra, Mótus Dance, MK Arts Centre, Westbury Arts Centre, Festive Road, and the National Museum of Computing, which are delivering a wide range of programmes. During 2016 we will be leading a variety of projects including work around cultural education, audience development and cultural diversity.
This is an exciting time for Milton Keynes, planning for the celebration of Milton Keynes’ 50th anniversary in 2017, and developing a bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023.
We are seeking a young person who is passionate about arts and culture, and who will be an asset to both MK Council’s and AHA-MK’s teams in supporting the development of these projects.
The Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK) is setting up the Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership (MKCEP) in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge. The Cultural Education Challenge asks arts and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a joined-up arts and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent, and visible delivery of cultural education that offers a consistent, and high quality, arts and cultural education for all children and young people.
The MKCEP is made up of a network of arts, heritage and educational partners, led by a strategic steering group, which includes representatives from senior positions at MK Council, SEMLEP, our National Portfolio Organisations and Milton Keynes Police.
The MKCEP aims to develop a Cultural Education Strategy and Action Plan that ensures every child and young person (0-19 years) in Milton Keynes has the opportunity to create, participate in and influence culture. Through this engagement we will positively impact the well-being of young people and support their creative, personal and educational development. In addition, we aim to nurture the passion and capacity of children and young people to become artists, practitioners, producers and directors within the cultural and creative industries.
We are advertising two briefs, looking for freelancers to undertake consultation that will inform our Cultural Education Strategy:
The Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK) is looking for a consultant(s) that can work with a collective of arts and heritage organisations to inform and support development of strategies that diversify, broaden and/or deepen their audiences.
AHA-MK is a strategic forum of arts and heritage organisations in Milton Keynes. We are a membership organisation that aims to represent, develop and promote the arts and heritage sectors of Milton Keynes. A key area of our work is audience development.
A group of organisations from our membership have come together to form a collective interested in practical audience development activity. The collective have attempted some work using surveys and the Audience Finder approach, but are in need of greater support to develop their knowledge and understanding and to make a meaningful difference to their audience development practice.
AHA-MK is looking for a consultant(s) who can work with six cultural organisations to develop audience research techniques, create bespoke solutions to meet challenges and opportunities, and support organisations through implementation and evaluation. This contract requires a hands-on approach embedding best practice and developing understanding of audience development theory through mentoring and practical experience.
The deadline for applications is: 18th December 2015.