Free day of celebrations to mark opening of the new MK Gallery

Join in with a day of live events and activities on Saturday March 16 at the redeveloped Gallery, which captures the original spirit of MK

The new MK Gallery opens to the public at 11am on Saturday March 16 following a major redevelopment project.

The Gallery, which is located next to MK Theatre, will reopen with double the exhibition space of the previous building, a new multipurpose auditorium that will showcase independent film & live events, a dedicated learning studio and a Café Bar.

To mark the occasion, the Gallery is hosting a day of free events and activities. Celebrations will start at 11am with a ribbon cutting by the mayor of Milton Keynes and families from the Gallery’s learning programme.

Throughout the day there will be live dance and music performances, free badge making, facepainting and bag printing, as well as a limited giveaway of Gallery goody bags.

Visitors to the Gallery will notice the striking new building that seeks to capture the original spirit of Milton Keynes, reflecting the natural world in its polished stainless steel exterior surfaces inspired by the city’s original grid and the geometries of the adjacent Campbell Park.

It will provide spaces for major exhibitions both contemporary and historical, films, music, performance, family events, workshops, and social spaces – a place that puts a clear emphasis on community engagement and access to the best of the arts.

The first exhibition in the new MK Gallery will be The Lie of the Land, featuring works by over 85 artists including Canaletto, Rachel Whiteread, J.M.W. Turner, Richard Hamilton, Bridget Riley, L.S. Lowry, Jeremy Deller, Henry Moore, Thomas Gainsborough and Yinka Shonibare MBE.

The show charts how British landscape has been radically transformed through changing attitudes to free time and leisure.

Entry for The Lie of the Land is free. Anthony Spira, Director at MK Gallery, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be opening the doors to the new MK Gallery on March 16 and inviting our community to join in the celebrations.

“In the spirit that created Milton Keynes, the new MK Gallery, on its twentieth anniversary, aims to reinvent the idea of the art centre for our own time. Both radical and inviting, serious and playful, it is fully accessible and the kind of building where I hope everyone will feel welcome.”

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This feature was published in the March 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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