Great War MK Gallery

Just some of the images that we have collected so far through Great War MK events…

For the Fallen Banners Preview

A preview of banners that will be used in For the Fallen at Campbell Park this sunday.  These beautiful hand-made banners, and many more, will be installed in the park to create a backdrop for a large-scale commemorative dance – join us 5th July, performances at 3pm and 5pm.

These banners will also be installed at Westbury Arts Centre from 11th – 31st July for members of the public to enjoy.

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.

Fabulous examples of #GreatWarMK Textiles – time to make do and mend in memory of the Great War

These are beautiful example banners created by Vinny Stapley for the #GreatWarMK banner project produced by Westbury Arts Centre.  Vinny will be working with schools, community groups and members of the public to produce a variety of banners, which will be used to create a commemorative performance.

To find out more about Westbury Art Centre’s project please click here.  If you are interested in getting involved in this project or making a banner yourself please email:

Look out for #GreatWarMK Postcards

Great War MK postcard

Look out for Great War MK postcards around MK – plenty of activities and events will be taking place between now and September 2015… there will be textiles workshops to create banners, choreographed dance, performances of Your Loving Brother Albert and Nellie, film screenings, poetry evenings and much more.

Join us in commemorating the Great War across Milton Keynes.

Project partners: Cowper and Newton Museum | Deanshanger Village Heritage Society | Festive Road | Independent Cinema MK | Living Archive Milton Keynes | MK Gallery | Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company | Westbury Arts Centre

Milton Keynes Heritage Association-enabled partners: North Crawley Historical Society | Simpson History Group | Bucks Constabulary History Association

Frontline Project Artists Announced #GreatWarMK

Poppy fieldMK Gallery is pleased to announce the selection of artists Alicja Rogalska and Teresa Paiva to deliver its Frontline schools engagement programme over the coming 12 months. Frontline forms part of the wider Great War MK project, conceived and managed by the Arts & Heritage Alliance MK, to mark the centenary of the First World War and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

During the coming year Alicja and Teresa will work with pupils from Hazeley Academy, Lord Grey School, Oakgrove School and MK Academy in Milton Keynes via workshops and visits to national museums and galleries to explore the question ‘How have artists used the visual arts to depict and interpret military conflict, historically and in the present-day?’. The project will culminate in an exhibition of their collaborative artwork in MK Gallery’s Project Space in June 2015.

Speaking about the project, MK Gallery’s Formal Learning Manager, Hannah Gaunt, said:  “We are so delighted to have Alicja and Teresa on board with this exciting project to commemorate the centenary of World War One. We received many strong and impressive applications from artists wanting to be involved in ‘Frontline’ and the wider ‘Great War MK’ programme, but we are certain that we have selected two candidates with significant experience and knowledge of the subject area who will be able to expertly guide and develop the artistic outcomes with the participating school pupils.”

Alicja Rogalska has over 8 years of experience working in arts education and gallery settings, including interdisciplinary and research-based projects.  Her practice encompasses both research and production, with a focus on social structures and political undercurrents. Many of her works and projects are context-specific, collaborative and have educational elements. She has an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (2011) and an MA in Cultural Studies from Warsaw University (2006).

Teresa Paiva is a multidisciplinary artist with over 10 years’ experience working with diverse communities in London on arts education projects, as well as working across galleries and museums to deliver artist-led programmes and projects.  Her current practice explores the cross-over between new media and more traditional artistic mediums.  She has a BA in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto.

The Frontline project coincides with MK Gallery’s autumn exhibition An My Lê (19 September – November 2014).  Lê (b.1960) now recognised as one of the most significant photographers working in the world today, is a Vietnamese-American artist whose images explore the experience and culture of conflict, drawing on her personal history as a political refugee from the Vietnam War.