Mark 1 Tank in Progress

These images begin to show how Festive Road‘s tank will be used as the main prop for  a physical theatre show.  The show, called The Best Company will take a funny look at a very real struggle as four friends get a WW1 tank into battle.

The Best Company are on their way to the Western Front but the external conflict is not the only thing occupying the crew’s thoughts. As we see, life inside the Mark 1 tank is busy, noisy and smelly. Tension among the company escalates and a hilarious and bizarre internal conflict occurs.

As the tank spins, the characters actions become more and more surreal… war is declared and the engine judders to a holt!

Will the Best Company get the Tank started again? Will they make it to the front line? Come and find out.

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The Great War Remembered – an evening of live music and film

poppy close-upThis May experience an evening of new compositions, music and film inspired by WW1. Living Archive has been working with Steven McDaniel, young talented songwriters, musicians and film makers to commission new works inspired by the WW1 stories held by Living Archive. This six month project builds on the previous work of the Living Archive Band, and new music, songs and films will be screened and performed live on Friday 29 May, 7pm at MK Gallery’s Event Space by this talented ensemble of performers.

Inspired by the diaries, letters and images of people in Milton Keynes during WW1, this one-off performance will provide a space for people to celebrate and reflect on the people, the lives and the poignant and powerful stories that are still relevant today.

Steven McDaniel says: ‘It is wonderful to work with such a passionate group of young people and great that Living Archive has given them this opportunity to work together and perform live…’ This project is just one of a series of projects funded through Great War MK by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Great War Remembered – an evening of film and music is free but pre-booking is required from MK Gallery website (http://www.mkgallery.org/events/2015_05_29/friday_night_film/).

Requiem Exhibition

Requiem - David Whittington-Jones

David Whittington-Jones has produced a WW1-inspired exhibition of sculpture and photographs, now on show at Westbury Arts Centre.  This exhibition explores ‘memory as process’ and is open every weekend until the 10th of May 10.00am-4.00pm and by appointment on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

If you would like to visit please contact Westbury Arts Centre on 01908 501214 or admin@westburyartscentre.co.uk

For the Fallen Banners

Here is a gallery of yet more poignant and beautiful Great War MK banners produced by MK College students working with textile artist Vinny Stapley and Westbury Arts Centre.

The final collection of over 500 banners will be installed in Campbell Park for their large-scale ‘For the Fallen’ dance performance on 5th July and at Westbury Arts Centre on 11th July.

If you would like to be part of this project we are looking for people to create and donate poppies to be added to our banners.  You can find out more here.

Military Toy Amnesty

Students from Oakgrove School want your military toys and plastic guns!
Yr 9s from Oakgrove School have been working with MK Gallery on the Frontline project; exploring how artists have used the visual arts to depict and interpret military conflict. Through workshops and research trips to the Imperial War Museum the students have decided to create a 3D piece entitled ‘Would You Buy War in a Store?’ – the piece will be made from discarded and donated military toys that they have gathered through the amnesty. The piece will feature in the Frontline exhibition at the MK Gallery project space from 5th – 28th June.

If you have something to donate you can bring your unwanted military toys and plastic guns to MK Gallery from now up until Sunday 26th April and drop them off at the reception desk. All donors will have the opportunity to have their name featured on a ‘plaque’ next to the artwork and will receive a special invite to the exhibition preview.

MK Gallery has been working with 4 secondary schools, all of whom have been exploring the depiction of military conflict in art. The students have been working closely with professional artists Teresa Paiva and Alicja Rogalska, and through research trips and creative workshops they have been developing their own artistic responses to the themes of conflict and World War I. Their responses have been wide and varied and it promises to be a thought provoking exhibition.

The Great War Remembered – an evening of live music and film

MK Gallery Events Space / Friday 29 May / 7pm / Free but pre-booking required

Living Archive has been working with young local songwriters, musicians and film-makers to inspire new works that retell the local story of WW1. This six month project will culminate in an evening of live performances and screenings presented in MK Gallery’s Events Space. The project is part of The Great War MK and funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.Works on War Mitch and Manny

Book your free ticket online via MK Gallery’s website HERE

For more details contact Helen Innes at Living Archive: heleninnes@livingarchive.org.uk