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 direct contact with artists and their practice.

Young People & MK Gallery

ARioT | Young People's Project

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. 

ARioT is MK Gallery’s current young people’s project. The project is free and open for anyone to get involved in aged between 14 and 18. 

The project sees MK Gallery associate artists work with the young people on creative projects using a variety of different art forms.

ARioT all happens in a relaxed and fun environment, where those taking part can meet new friends, learn new creative things and help lead an artistic project at MK Gallery. 

Group of young adults holding up pictures of themselves in front of their faces

The Secret Self(ie) Project | Summer 2018 & 2019

The Secret Self(ie) Project was about thinking more creatively and exploring who we really are, who we could be and who we want to be encouraging young people to explore new ways of thinking about life that are open, creative, and empowering.

Young People aged 14-18 were invited to take over the MK Gallery Event Space to transform a creative hub, working alongside inspiring artists and practitioners in the creation of a series of events of exhibitions.

As well as being a creative experience, the project provides space to talk about things that might be on your mind from any part of your life with your peers and with the team helping you to realise your most creative self.

Young girl looking at paper

Lost and Found | 2007-2014

In 2006 Milton Keynes Gallery ran a series of consultation workshops to find out what young people wanted from a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Milton Keynes. Consultation revealed that there were many young people in the area interested in contemporary art but feeling disconnected with the gallery’s activities to date. As a growing city there is a predicted significant increase in the youth population and Mitlon Keynes Gallery was keen to bridge this gap and involve this age group in the activities of the gallery in a much more inclusive manner.

From this period of consultation was born Milton Keynes Gallery Young People’s Project (YPP) which was rebranded with its own identity as Lost and Found. Lost & Found activities were co-ordinated by a committee who liaise with a wider circle of young people from Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. The remit of the group was to enable young people to take on exciting opportunities and challenges to explore, create, debate and initiate cultural projects and events, visual art, music and film events. With funding from The Big Lottery the committee successfully engaged their peers, worked with professional artists, participated in workshops, training sessions, research trips and debates to expand their own and others knowledge of what culture contributes to society.