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).

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 (

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:

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.