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.
Tues - Fri 12.00 - 20.00
Sat 11.00 - 20.00
Sun 11.00 - 17.00
Closed: Mondays and during exhibition changeover
No permanent collection
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
- 8 October 2015 — 31 March 2017 *on now
Flashback is a series of archival exhibitions that will be presented both online and in MK Gallery’s Project Space whilst the main building is being expanded. Making use of archival material, Flashback will provide an opportunity to reflect on the Gallery’s history by reviewing its exhibitions, events and projects of the past 16 years.
Launching on 8 October 2015, exactly 16 years since MK Gallery officially opened to the public, the first of the Flashback monthly displays will focus on the Gallery’s launch and the inaugural exhibition by the internationally renowned British artists Gilbert & George.
MK Gallery would love to hear from anyone with memories, stories, photographs, signed books, printed materials, or anything else relating to the Gallery and its history, for possible use in the project. Any original material selected will be returned to lenders afterwards.
- Any age
Emma Gatrill + more TBC
- 20 May 2017 From 7:30pm
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.
- Any age
£6 in advance
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
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.
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.
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