MK Calling 2017


21 April - 27 May 2017

This spring, MK Gallery showcases new and exciting work by over 70 emerging and established artists in MK Calling 2017. This exhibition is designed to celebrate the breadth of creativity around Milton Keynes and will include a wide range of art forms alongside a dynamic programme of events and participatory sessions.

Building on the highly popular MK Calling exhibitions in the summer of 2013 and 2015, this year’s show will see artists utilise and transform unusual spaces within the Gallery. Provocative, humorous, sensitive and brash, the exhibition includes artists of all backgrounds; all of whom have a connection to the city, either through locality or their practice. Diverse themes and subjects will be explored through painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation and much more. Many of the artists have chosen to respond directly to MK Gallery and its expansion plans and will present site-specific work that looks at architecture and the fabric of the building in its current form.

Over the last few months, the Gallery has been examined by architects and builders through digging, drilling and other physical interventions to test the foundations, structure and services in anticipation of our major expansion. For this exhibition, the basic access and health and safety have been temporarily restored to enable the building to be opened up for one last time before construction begins. With the exhibition designed to make the most of the makeshift quality of the building, artists and visitors will have exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the entire ground floor, including the old workshop, loading bay, shop and other improvised areas.

Speaking about the exhibition, MK Gallery’s Director Anthony Spira, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes and this exciting chapter in the Gallery’s development by bringing together the diverse creative community for MK Calling 2017 and offering opportunities for all those with a connection to the city to meet, share ideas, network and participate in mentoring and workshops.”

MK Calling 2017 Participants

Abi Spendlove; Alex Evans; Alex Fullerton; Alison Goodyear; Anna Berry; Annabelle Shelton; Ashleigh Griffith; Boyd & Evans; Cally Shadbolt; Catherine Midwood; Christopher Daubney; Clive Doherty; Csaba Palotas; Debi-Sara Wilkinson; Deborah Mills; Edward Clayton; Emma Richardson; Emma Wilde; Gabrielle Radiguet; Gareth Horner; Gavin Toye; Graeme Roach; Guy Morris; Gwen and the Good Thing; Hannah Gaunt; Helen Jones; Helen Sayer; Ikran Abdille; IMPATV; James Carney; Jessica Rost; Joe Jarvis; John Strutton; Jonny Hill; Karolina Lebek; Katie Ellen Fields; Kyle Kirkpatrick; Lauren Keeley; Lee Farmer; Leslie Deere; Liisa Clark; Luca George; Luke Harby; Maliheh Zafarnezhad; MAP6 Photography Collective; Marion Piper; Mat Cross; Michael Flack; Morag MacInnes; Neale Marriott; Neil Higson; Nicola Saunderson; Paul Rainey; Rachel Wright; Rebecca Herbert; Richard Harrison; Saliha El Houssaini; Sarah Wright; Simon Yeomans; Sophie Atkins; Stephanie Spindler; Stephen Snoddy; Stuart Moore; Suzanna Raymond; Teakster; Thom Rees; Thomas Cuthbertson;  Tom Guilmard; Tom White; William Lindley; Wright & Vandame.

Press Release