MK Gallery’s Art and Us, a programme for families with children with complex needs, has been shortlisted in the category of Best Family Event in the Fantastic For Families 2019 Awards. The awards celebrate family-led arts and cultural organisations across the UK with the awards ceremony taking place on 11 February in Liverpool.
Held every Sunday and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Milton Keynes Community Foundation, Art and Us has provided stimulating, creative and fun art activities for families with children over 5 with complex needs since it launched in May 2018.
Taking place at the Events Space at MK Gallery, each 1.5hour session gives families the opportunity to work directly with one of the Gallery’s Associate Artists to explore their creative interests.
Feedback from some of the families that have participated in Art and Us:
“I cannot put in to words how eternally grateful we are and what a difference both the artists and sessions have made to our lives.”
“As a parent it is delightful to come to a session without judgement and watch your children flourish. Their happy, content, smiley faces make our day and it's amazing to have positive experiences to share together as a family.”
“Thanks to the Art and Us team for providing an invaluable programme for children who are often isolated and excluded. Thanks for entering into their world rather than expecting them to meet a world that is often scary and overwhelming.”
“X is not only benefiting from inclusion or the opportunity to participate in art/craft activities, she is gaining confidence and learning life skills.”
Bethany Mitchell, Curator of Inclusion at MK Gallery, runs the weekly programme and said “Art & Us has given family members an opportunity to be able to enjoy spending time together in an environment which is creative, accessible, fun and understanding of everyone’s needs. It’s been wonderful to hear some of the fantastic feedback from families and to have seen the difference the programme has made for many.”
Anthony Spira, Director at MK Gallery said “It’s been a real privilege for MK Gallery to have been able to launch and run Art and Us in collaboration with our friends at Project Art Works. The shortlisting recognises the work put in by our learning team to deliver such engaging and creative programmes for local families. I’d like to thank the funders of the programme, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the MK Community Foundation for their incredible support in making the programme a reality.”
Find out more about Art and Us.