MK Gallery

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MK Gallery is a public contemporary gallery located in central Milton Keynes with a national and international reputation for its artistic programme. It launched with an exhibition by Gilbert & George and has presented over 100 exhibitions in its first 15 years of operation. Main gallery exhibitions are accompanied by a monthly, changing community programme in the adjacent Project Space. The gallery also provides an extensive programme of regular, weekly, public events for adults and children, and a diverse formal and informal learning programme, aiming to make contemporary visual culture accessible to everyone.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Tues - Fri 12.00 - 20.00
Sat 11.00 - 20.00
Sun 11.00 - 17.00

Closed: Mondays and during exhibition changeover

Admission charges

Admission free

No permanent collection

Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • MK G presents thematic, group and solo shows. The inaugural exhibitons 'The Rudimentary Pictures' by Gilbert & George attracted nearly 23,000 visitors. Other past exhibitors include:
  • Tony Bevan
  • Patrick Caulfield
  • Phil Collins
  • Abigail Lane
  • Langlands & Bell
  • Colin Lowe & Roddy Thompson, Sarah Lucas,
  • Michael Craig-Martin
  • Paul Seawright
  • Will Alsop & Bruce Mclean
  • Tim Noble & Sue Webster
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Brighton based alternative folk artist

Emma Gatrill + more TBC

  • 20 May 2017 From 7:30pm

Emma Gatrill

Emma Gatrill is a multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, UK. Her debut, 2012’s Chapter I, was a poignant collection of songs based around her then latest acquisition – the harp. Subtly accompanied by various members of Brighton’s Willkommen Collective, her intricate harp playing coupled with a unique vocal fragility drew comparisons to Björk and Joni Mitchell as well as her friends and co-conspirators Rachael Dadd and Rozi Plain.

By the time the album came out, she’d already played clarinet in Laura Marling’s band on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage, made up part of Broken Social Scene’s horn section on a run of UK dates and toured all over Europe as part of Sons Of Noel And Adrian. Since then she’s been touring and collaborating with kindred spirit Kristin McClement and as a member of Matthew & The Atlas.

In amongst it all, Gatrill somehow found time to develop her own live show beyond the simplicity of Chapter I; augmenting her harp and vocal with ambient analogue synths and drum machines using foot controllers, as well as introducing accompanying guitar atmospherics from label-mate Marcus Hamblett. This new direction can be heard on her new album, Cocoon, which was released in March on the excellent Japanese label Flau.

More acts to be confirmed.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • Any age


£6 in advance


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

In Conversation

For each exhibition Milton Keynes Gallery arranges a talk, given by an artist or artists, a curator, a journalist or writer or other professional able to give a unique insight into the exhibition. These take place on a weekday evening from 19.00 at the gallery. For further information please call 01908 676900 during gallery opening hours.

How to obtain

Booking essential on 01908 676900 during gallery opening hours. Free.

Live Guides

Live Guides are available every Saturday from 10am-12noon & 2-4pm during the exhibition. A guide trained in audio description can be arranged with two weeks notice. Please call 01908 676 900 to book.

How to obtain

Call 01908 676900 during gallery opening hours to book

School and College visits

Group visits can be arranged for any age, but must be pre-booked. Introductory talks are free, and gallery activities can be arranged at a moderate cost.

How to obtain

To pre-book call 01908 558305.

MK Gallery
900 Midsummer Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes


Information and news about past, present and future exhibitions and events at MK Gallery.


Information Desk from which general enquiries are redirected as appropriate


Main switchboard number for MK Gallery, with voicemail outside advertised public opening hours

01908 676 900

Recorded information

01908 558305

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.