Just some of the images that we have collected so far through Great War MK events…
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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