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6A Architects releases images for new MK Gallery in Milton Keynes
United Kingdom Architecture News - Nov 26, 2018 - 04:21 5687 views
The new MK Gallery seeks to capture the original spirit of Milton Keynes, reflecting the natural world in its polished stainless-steel exterior surfaces inspired by the city’s original grid and the geometries of the adjacent Campbell Park. It will provide spaces for major exhibitions both contemporary and historical, films, music, performance, family events, workshops, and social spaces, a place that puts a clear emphasis on community engagement, and democratic access to the best of the arts.
New gallery: 6a architects with Gareth Jones and Nils Norman
The new MK Gallery will open with The Lie of the Land, an ambitious exhibition spread across all five galleries curated by MK Gallery Director, Anthony Spira, with Sam Jacob, Claire Louise Staunton, Fay Blanchard, Tom Emerson, Gareth Jones and Niall Hobhouse. The exhibition takes the idea of leisure as its theme and how it has altered alongside changes in land ownership.
It features work by 85 artists, who include Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W Turner and Capability Brown, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Jeremy Deller and Bridget Riley, with new commissions including a 60-channel sonic portrait of Milton Keynes by sound artist and composer, Caroline Devine, a new film commission working with the community by Ed Webb-Ingall and an immersive installation by Project Art Work.
Entrance elevation: 6a architects with Gareth Jones and Nils Norman
The public spaces surrounding the expanded MK Gallery form part of City Club, a wide-ranging project by Gareth Jones and Nils Norman animating the top end of Midsummer Boulevard, and infiltrating into the new building with alternative models of contemporary art.
Auditorium: 6a architects with Gareth Jones and Nils Norman
"In the spirit that created Milton Keynes, the new MK Gallery, on its twentieth anniversary, aims to reinvent the idea of the art centre for our own time. Both radical and inviting, serious and playful, it is fully accessible and the kind of building where I hope everyone will feel welcome," said Anthony Spira, Director of MK Gallery.
CGI of MK Gallery expansion: 6a architects with Gareth Jones and Nils Norman
The new MK Gallery receives regular core funding from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation and Milton Keynes Council, and is a member of Plus Tate network.
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