Welcome to MK Gallery. MK Gallery brings world-class exhibitions and events, together with pioneering learning and community programmes, to Milton Keynes.

MK Gallery

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

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

Inspired by the unique history of Milton Keynes, the new building, designed by renowned architects 6a in collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, is an iconic feature of the city skyline. The view of the building from Campbell Park is not to be missed when you visit.

Changing exhibitions of international art will sit across five large, beautiful gallery spaces. Cutting edge contemporary art will be displayed alongside Old Masters to present a dynamic, diverse and stimulating programme.

The Sky Room offers stunning views over Campbell Park and beyond while bringing the best contemporary film, experimental concerts, thought provoking lectures and a range of comedy nights to the city centre. 

For families, we have weekly art workshops – Start the Art and Saturday Studio – and lots of other exciting programmes throughout the year. Adjacent to the building is the City Club Playscape – an artist designed play area – which will be open 365 days a year for children to play, learn and enjoy.

There’s a place to meet friends, have a pre-theatre meal or refuel too – the MK Gallery Café/Bar serves mouth-watering snacks, delicious, freshly-cooked meals, a great cup of coffee and has a fully licensed bar.

MK Gallery works with partners locally, nationally and internationally to bring the best cultural activities into the region. The Gallery is part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio and a member of the Plus Tate network.

Learning Programme

MK Gallery Learning Programme

School workshop led by MK Gallery

MK Gallery delivers a successful Learning Programme encouraging curiosity, enquiry and exchange through a direct contact with artists and their practice.  The programme, shaped by a team of 26 Associate Artists, encourages the playful and experimental whilst grounded in a strong understanding of how children experience the world. In particular we seek to nurture children and young people’s creative potential, offering a substantial programme from early childhood to young adults devised with a strong belief that every individual has the right to experience and enjoy the arts.

Project Space

The Project Space aims are to inspire, excite and challenge people to collaborate and explore different forms of creative learning. Created for, and by, members of the local community, this programme is intended to contribute to the cultural growth of Milton Keynes, encouraging collaboration between educators, artists, groups and local residents. The Learning Team seeks to host exhibitions that engage with, or are culturally relevant to, Milton Keynes, connecting with social history themes, future ambitions and more importantly the needs and interests of local communities. For past Project Space exhibitions please visit here

Please visit the Jobs and Opportunities section below to find out how to submit an exhibition proposal. 

Schools, Post-16 and Groups

We strive for high quality creative encounters that encourage the nurturing of an innate curiosity in children and young people. The programme provides experiences that extend the enjoyment of the arts and children’s creative possibilities beyond the traditional classroom setting. Find out more 


Our successful Family Programme provides regular activities supported by our friendly Learning Team and Associate Artists.
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Young People

MK Gallery invites young people to take part in exciting opportunities to explore, create, debate and initiate cultural projects and events. Our programmes support young people to experience the arts through a direct contact with artists and their practice. 
The Secret Self(ie) Project


We enjoy connecting with Milton Keynes’ diverse communities through dialogue, exchange, and testing new ways of working together.  Our Learning Team strive to build new friendships with individuals and groups interested in starting a conversation or asking a question.

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Support Us

Pushwagner preview image. Photo: Derek Wales

MK Gallery has been serving local communities since 1999. We take pride in the quality of our work - striving to bring exceptional artists, speakers and creative opportunities to Milton Keynes. 

MK Gallery relies upon the generosity of our audiences and supporters to continue to deliver inclusive and exciting arts opportunities. There are many ways to support the Gallery.

If you would like to discuss making a donation, please email support@mkgallery.org or call 01908 558318.

MK Gallery follows the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice.  

How you can support

We offer a number of ways in which you can get involved, whether this is through a one-off donation or an annual membership.  Find out more

How your company can support

Alongside our Corporate Patrons scheme, we offer bespoke opportunities for companies to support us, including naming rights, sponsorship packages and Charity of the Year opportunities. Find out more

Thank You

MK Gallery gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the funders, trusts and foundations, corporate supporters, individual donors and those who wish to remain anonymous. Your contributions have made our work possible. Thank you. Find out more

Events Programme

Soapbox March 2018. Photo Derek Wales

MK Gallery’s dynamic, cross 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. 


MK Gallery is proud to partner with Curzon Cinemas to bring the best in contemporary film to audiences in 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.  See what's on


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.

Staff team and contact details


Anthony Spira
+44 [0]1908 558 314


Fay Blanchard
Head of Exhibitions
+44 [0]1908 558 303

Alice Riddy 
Exhibitions Coordinator 

+44 [0]1908 558 308

Public Programme

Niki Braithwaite
Head of Public Programme

+44 [0]1908 558 304 

Tara Page
Learning Manager
+44 [0]1908 558 315

Bethany Mitchell
Curator of Inclusion
+44 [0]1908 558 319
Tara Sheldon
Learning Coordinator


+44[0]1908 558311

Luke Perry
Technical Manager (Programme)


Communications and Events

Billie Passchier
Head of Marketing and Events

+44 [0]1908 558 307

Vito Pellegrino
Catering Manager


Sam Lennon
Marketing Manager (part-time)


Roisin Callaghan
Marketing Coordinator


+44 [0]1908558 312

Georgia Payne
Events Coordinator



Kate Chadwick
Deputy Director
+44 [0]1908 558 321

Linda Wright
Finance Manager


+44 [0]1908 558 328 

Annette Parmar
Volunteer Manager


+44 (0)1908 558 305

Jamie Aylard
Technical Manager (Facilities)


+44 [0]1908 558 318

Patrick Phillips
House Manager


Retail Coordinators

Lucy Barth 

Judy Kendrick Simonsen 

Tess Pugh 

Julia Roach


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

Liz Gifford


Liz Gifford is a former Labour councillor for Stony Stratford Ward and was the MK Council Cabinet member with responsibility for Community Services.  She has also held a number of senior posts in teaching and economic development.

Cllr Carole Baumne

Cllr Carole Baumne is a Labour Councillor for Woughton and Fishermead and the MK Council Cabinet member with responsibility for Economy and Culture.

David Danskin

Legal Portfolio Holder

David joined the Board in 2017 and is the Gallery’s Company Secretary. A solicitor by profession, he is currently a Consultant with national firm Freeths. He specialises in property development and has been involved in numerous real estate projects within Milton Keynes and beyond, advising private developers and public sector bodies. David is also a trustee at the Stables, Milton Keynes. 

Cllr David Hopkins

Cllr David Hopkins is a Conservative Councillor for Danesborough and Walton Ward and Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee.

David King

Commercial Portfolio Holder

David joined the Board in 2017. David is a Chartered Surveyor and has 34 years real estate experience. David has a considerable track record in the acquisition, management and sale of Central London retail investments and supports the Gallery to develop new shop and catering offers in the expanded building.

Cllr Peter Marland

Cllr Peter Marland is Leader of MK Council and one of the three Labour Councillors representing the Wolverton Ward. Peter studied Politics at the University of Liverpool and has worked in both the public and private sector.

Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Portfolio Holder

Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo is an independent consultant working on issues pertaining to  diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging. He is an activist and change agent on various issues including immigration, human rights and hate crimes. Through his association with The Open University he is working on the promotion of leadership development in the third sector.

Mark Rayner

Finance Portfolio Holder

Mark joined the Board in 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Partner at Keens Shay Keens MK LLP.

Neil Smith

Vice Chair and Building Committee Chair

Neil Smith retired from a senior role at John Laing Investments in 2012 after a 47 year career with the company and brings a wealth of experience in capital development to the Board.

Sunita Yeomans

Communications Portfolio Holder

Sunita is Co-Founder of graphic design agency SSHY Creative Ltd. She was previously Head of Creative at Tesco PLC and Argos Ltd.

Opportunities and Jobs

Andrea Büttner, installation view, MK Gallery, 2013. Photo © Andy Keate

We’re delighted that you’re interested in working with us here at MK Gallery. The enormous input and support we receive from our employees is central to our success as one of the UK's leading public galleries. 

New Trustees Wanted

MK Gallery seeks highly motivated people who are passionate about arts and culture to join its Board of Trustees to play an important strategic role in increasing MK Gallery’s impact and reach in the communities of Milton Keynes.

We are particularly looking for applications from people from diverse backgrounds.

MK Gallery is an independent gallery and arts centre in the heart of Milton Keynes. Its vision is to be one of the UK’s leading centres for the arts with a national and international reputation for artistic excellence and innovation and to be a cultural beacon for the city. MK Gallery reopened in 2019 after a transformative capital project to improve the gallery building to meet the current and future needs of audiences within Milton Keynes and the surrounding region. 

Skills, Knowledge and Experience sought

Whilst we need Trustees with strategic planning, business planning and governance experience, we particularly are looking for people from the diverse communities of Milton Keynes with:

  • Understanding of the local communities of Milton Keynes, experience of community and youth work
  • Artist or arts practitioners working across a range of media and with experience of working with diverse communities.

Experience has shown that Trustees can expect there to be an average time commitment of around 2-3 hours per month to MK Gallery business. This is an honorary position. Trustees can claim expenses but will not be able to receive remuneration.

Application Process 

An application pack is available which has more information about MK Gallery, its audiences and impact. Please contact Kate Chadwick at kchadwick@mkgallery.org or on 01908 558321. Written expressions of interest should be sent to Kate Chadwick at MK Gallery, 3 Theatre Walk, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3PX or kchadwick@mkgallery.org by 10am on 16 November. An interview will then be arranged with the Gallery Chair, Liz Gifford, the Gallery Director, Anthony Spira and trustee, Fidele Mutwarasibo.  

Successful applicants will be contacted after the Gallery’s Board meeting on 15 December 2020.  

Two part-time House Coordinator positions available

Part-time 22.5 hours Tuesday 14.00-22.00, Thursday 11.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-17.00

Part-time 22.5 hours Wednesday 11.00-18.00, Friday 14.00-22.00, Sunday 09.00-18.00

House Coordinators prepare the venue for opening, are on duty when the venue is open and shut down and secure the venue at closing. They have responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of visitors and ensure an excellent level of customer care including venue presentation. House Coordinators are also responsible for maintaining the security of staff and volunteers, MK Gallery’s buildings, assets and items on exhibition with the support of the House Manager. This job is physically demanding at times and involves moving/lifting furniture and equipment. 

For an application pack please phone 01908 558321 or email kchadwick@mkgallery.org. If you need this application pack in a different format please let us know. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10:00am on Thursday 5 November 2020, and interviews will be held at MK Gallery on 12 November 2020.



MK Gallery Project Space

The Project Space programme encourages collaboration between educators, artists, groups and local residents.  Exhibitions are considered through a combination of open call proposals, direct invitations and collaborative partnerships. All proposals submitted must be based on a collaborative, learning based process. Proposals for solo/group artist exhibitions which do not demonstrate socially engaged practice(s) will not be considered. There is no age limit for applicants and proposals are invited from individuals and groups based in, or connected to Milton Keynes and the surrounding region only (within a 20 mile radius of MK Gallery).

How to make an application

After reading the Project Space Pack Please email learning@mkgallery.org with a short statement (2 sides A4 max) or film outlining your proposal as per the submission guidelines.  We invite applications at any time but please note that shortlisting is undertaken quarterly and programmes are often developed 3-6 months or longer in advance.mail learning@mkgallery.org with a short statement (two sides of A4 max) or short film outlining your proposal for a Project Space exhibition as per the submission guidelines.

Commitment to equality and diversity

MK Gallery aims to have a workforce that represents a variety of backgrounds and cultures and can provide the relevant knowledge, abilities and skills for the organisation. 

Anyone who meets the requirements of this job is eligible for employment within MK Gallery irrespective of age, disability, employment status, gender, health, marital status, sexual preference, membership or non-membership of a trade union, nationality, race, religion, social class or other non-job-relevant personal characteristics.

We make every effort to eliminate discrimination, direct and indirect, from our recruitment and selection process. Where applicable, reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment and selection process as required to reduce any potential barriers faced by applicants and to give them equal access to employment opportunities. For an informal conversation about working at MK Gallery please contact Kate Chadwick at kchadwick@mkgallery.org or on 01908 558321.



We are recruiting a volunteer team to provide invaluable support to the Front of House staff, through invigilation of exhibitions, events assistance and visitor services provisions.

Volunteer with us

Our Volunteers are the friendly, informative and responsive face of MK Gallery. They welcome visitors; engage people in conversations to enable deeper understanding of the exhibitions and programmes; answer questions; promote future activities and collect visitor feedback, to ensure that MK Gallery runs effectively and is able to deliver world-class cultural experiences.

Why get involved?

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes.
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills.
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events.
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions.
  • Enjoy a 30% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar.

The range of roles include gallery invigilators, ushers for film and events, learning support and marketing opportunities.  Find out more about the opportunities available by visiting our volunteer site here.

Alternatively, please get in touch with Annette on  AParmar@mkgallery.org or 01908 676 900.

With thanks to volunteers past and present for their time and support.