MK Gallery is one of six UK galleries shortlisted for £100,000 Award
The new MK Gallery opened in March 2019 after a major renovation and extension and attracted overwhelming acclaim and 150,000 visitors before having to close for lockdown in March 2020.

Since then, we have welcomed only 20% of the visitors we would normally receive so we are relieved and delighted to have been awarded £250,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund, which will help us to bridge the gap until we can build audiences back up again in the coming months. We are also looking forward to now being able to work with more of the local, creative workforce.

The Gallery depends on the revenue from our cafe, cinema, shop and exhibition tickets. The café has been brought in house during the lock down and is now central to our income generation. Income is additionally received via trusts, foundations, philanthropists, Arts Council England and Milton Keynes Council. These funds are vital to us to deliver our award-winning programmes of exhibitions and projects with local partners, community groups, schools and colleges.

The Government's Job Retention Scheme has been essential in the organisation's survival since lockdown began and has enabled us to re-open, since September, as a Covid-secure environment with reduced hours, programmes and offers.

We will be opening full time with a major exhibition of radical 1980s design by the Memphis Group at the end of November. We hope that the high profile of this exhibition will draw visitors from across the UK to the gallery and the city and provide some momentum towards reinvigorating the city centre and the businesses that surround us.

Liz Gifford, Chair of the Board of Trustees said: 'This announcement is really excellent news for MK Gallery and the people of Milton Keynes.  It will help greatly with re-building creative economic activity and give some confidence in the future.'

Anthony Spira, Director said: We are extremely grateful for the Job Recovery Scheme and Culture Recovery Fund which will enable the gallery to survive the ongoing social restrictions caused by the Coronovirus. We know that our communities are desperate to get back out again and involved with our programmes and this news will help us to prepare as best we can.'

 

For further information please contact Billie Passchier – bpasschier@mkgallery.org