MK Gallery exterior by 6a architects, featuring City Club by Gareth Jones and Nils Norman.

About

MK Gallery is an ‘architectural gem’ that presents significant exhibitions of contemporary and historic art and design, alongside extensive public programmes.

An independent café and shop, cinema from Curzon, and spectacular views over the park feature in this new building, which launched in 2019.

Three major exhibitions are presented each year across five elegant and spacious galleries, from thematic group exhibitions to in-depth solo presentations. Alongside our exhibitions, we offer music, dance, talks and conferences, mixing emerging and locally based talent with established names. We also deliver a weekly film programme featuring the best of independent cinema in partnership with Curzon.

We offer schools and family activities throughout the year and our artist-designed play area is open 365 days a year.

Exhibitions

Three major exhibitions are presented each year across five elegant and spacious galleries, from thematic group exhibitions to in-depth solo presentations.

Past Exhibitions

Events Programme

MK Gallery’s dynamic, multi disciplinary events programme provides audiences with a range of inspiring arts and cultural experiences alongside opportunities to engage more deeply with our exhibitions and offsite projects. Developed and delivered in collaboration with local, national and international partners, the programme supports the growth of a vibrant, creative community locally whilst also channelling new work and ideas, across artistic disciplines, into Milton Keynes from around world.

Talks, Conferences & Workshops

MK Gallery regularly stages talks by artists, curators and academics to deepen understanding and engagement with our exhibitions and offsite projects. Alongside this, we work closely with external partners to present associated talks, conferences and workshops on a broader range of subjects and interests, but with a specific focus on themes that connect directly to the heritage and future development of Milton Keynes.

Cinema

MK Gallery is proud to partner with Curzon Cinemas to bring the best in contemporary film to Milton Keynes. Whether this is the latest breakthrough indie, a cutting edge documentary, award winning world cinema, or a heart-warming children’s animation, we pride ourselves on carefully crafting an accessible programme that provides multiple entry points into the world of cinema beyond the mainstream.

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Music

Music and sound have been an integral part of the events programme since its inception. Working with both emerging and establish artists, across genres, we have forged a reputation for presenting concerts that forefront experimentation. In 2017, we helped to establish OUTLANDS, a new national experimental music touring network with nine partners across the UK to further increase awareness of this area of artistic practice and open up opportunities for regional audiences to engage and participate.

Our Team

Directors

Anthony Spira
Director

Frankie Nielsen
Deputy Director

Exhibitions

Fay Blanchard
Head of Exhibitions

Alice Riddy
Exhibitions Coordinator

Public Programmes

Niki Braithwaite
Head of Public Programmes

Roisin Callaghan
Producer, Public Programmes (Communities & Partners)

Tara Sheldon
Producer, Public Programmes (Children & Young People)

Sophie Bennett
Producer, Public Programmes (Inclusion)

Rosie May
Inclusion Coordinator

Events & Catering

Andrew Papworth
Head of Events & Catering

Chantel Beaven
Events Coordinator

Ben Montgomery
Head Chef

Sam Lennon
Café Supervisor

Ben Charter
Café Supervisor

Mihaila Kuveljic
Catering Assistant

Marketing & Audience Development

Samantha Matthews
Head of Marketing & Audience Development

Angus Norton
Marketing Manager

Sam Lennon
Press & Marketing Coordinator

For all press enquiries, please email press@mkgallery.org

Operations

Jamie Aylard
Technical Manager (Facilities)

Annette Parmar
Volunteer Manager

Front of House

Patrick Phillips
House Manager

Abigail Burton
House Coordinator

Monika Lorincova
House Coordinator

Luke Rawlinson
House Coordinator

Sonia Tsesarsky
House Coordinator

Diana Volokha
House Coordinator

Xander Webster
House Coordinator

Retail

Charlotte Baker
Box Office & Retail Manager

Kathy Danskin
Retail Buyer

Judy Kendrick-Simonsen
Retail Coordinator

Gemma Kimmings
Retail Coordinator

Tess Pugh
Retail Coordinator

Julia Roach
Retail Coordinator

Finance

Linda Wright
Finance Manager

Pallavi Ghosh
Finance Administrator

Governance

MK Gallery is governed by a voluntary board. Its current members are:

Liz Gifford
Chair

Neil Smith
Vice Chair

Sas Amoah

Cllr Robin Bradburn

Sue Carbert

David Danskin

Cllr David Hopkins

David King

Cllr Shanika Mahendran

Roz Mascarenhas

Dr. Fidéle Mutwarasibo

Sarah Westacott

Sunita Yeomans

Architecture & Expansion

MK Gallery re-opened in March 2019 following a major renovation and expansion. Inspired by the utopian history of Milton Keynes, the building was designed by 6a architects, with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman. In 2021, the building won the RIBA South Project Architect of the Year award.

The Observer’s ‘Building of the Year 2019’

‘an architectural gem’ – The Telegraph

‘a dream made real’ – The Financial Times

‘utterly, thrillingly Milton Keynesian’ – The Guardian

Relevant Links & Further Reading

Our History

Since opening in 1999, MK Gallery has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading public art galleries, commissioning and presenting British and international contemporary art.

Programming multiple major exhibitions a year, MK Gallery is the only contemporary visual arts organisation within a 40-mile radius that commissions and showcases innovative and high-quality international contemporary and modern art.

The gallery has an outstanding track record of presenting critically acclaimed and high-quality exhibitions, including shows by Archigram, Michael Craig-Martin, Jeremy Deller, Nasreen Mohamedi, Piranesi and Andy Warhol. Its international partnerships provide a connection between Milton Keynes and the wider world, channelling ambitious ideas and artistic excellence into the region.

Since reopening in 2019 after a major renovation and expansion, MK Gallery has been described as ‘an architectural gem’ in The Telegraph, ‘a dream made real’ in The Financial Times, and ‘utterly, thrillingly Milton Keynesian’ in The Guardian. Inspired by the unique history of this utopian New Town, the building was designed by 6a architects, with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman.

City Club

City Club was a programme of new art, performances, family activities, happenings and talks inspired by the original vision behind Milton Keynes. It provided a framework for MK Gallery’s interim programme while the building was closed for construction.

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