Frontline Exhibition Preview Invite

MK Gallery Project Space / 5th – 20th June 2015 / FREE

Join us for the preview: Thursday 4 June 2015 / 5pm / MK_Gallery_Frontline_e-inviteIMG_5073

To mark the WW1 Centenary, MK Gallery has been working with four local secondary schools – MK Academy, The Hazeley Academy, Oakgrove School and Lord Grey School.

Since November 2014 MK Gallery artists Teresa Paiva and Alicja Rogalska have been working with Key Stage 3 pupils from each school to explore how artists have used the visual arts to depict and interpret military conflict. The students have taken part in practical workshops, explored the art and ideas produced by a range of artists and have been on research trips to the Imperial War Museum in London.

The students have been encouraged and supported by artists Teresa and Alicja to explore and present their ideas in a wide range of media from sculpture and painting to photography and film. The project culminates in a month-long exhibition of original work at MK Gallery’s Project Space from 5 – 28 June 2015. Their responses to the theme have been wide and varied and this promises to be a thought provoking exhibition.

Pupils have also had the opportunity to achieve their Bronze level Arts Award through the project. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents, through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification which is accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Great War Remembered

MK Gallery Events Space / Friday 29th May 2015 / 7pm / FREE

This 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.

Listen here to the moving ‘Young Veterans’, a poem by Sam Upton

And here to the beautiful song ‘Homefire’, by Sian McGill:

The Great War Remembered – an evening of film and music is free but pre-booking is required from MK Gallery website (

For more details contact Helen Innes at Living Archive:

Next Banner Making Workshop – 16th May

Banner event 5th July

The workshop, at Westbury Arts Centre, is suitable for all levels of ability, from beginners interested in learning textile skills, to those with advanced textiles skills.

The workshop will be run by Vinny Stapley, a textile artist and teacher, who plans to work with a wide range of groups within the Milton Keynes community to create hundreds of Banners to commemorate those people who served in The Great War. The Banners made will form part of a procession of Remembrance and a Dance Performance in Campbell Park in July 2015.

Vinny will come in with some materials, but it would also contribute to the project as a whole, if participants were able to bring in old WW1 photos or other mementos of family members to discuss and maybe integrate copies of these into their own banners.

For Further information and to book a place please contact: Caroline Malone at Westbury Arts Centre via or 01908 501214 for more information about the arts centre please see:

Simpson Commemorates Christopher Baker

Today is the centenary of the death of Christopher Baker at Plougsteert Wood.
Christopher Baker
Following recent practice, a copy of the Christopher Baker Tribute was placed on the Simpson War Memorial this morning, together with a posy of flowers prepared by Pamela Lambourne from the Simpson Britain in Bloom group.

The text of the tribute can also be found on the Simpson & Ashland Parish website:

A fuller account of Christopher Baker and his family will be added to the website shortly.  I am very grateful to Ruth McCracken and Shirley Jones for their help in researching the details of his short life.

Simpson war memorial - plaque detail 2014.07.07