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It’s new exhibition time in the city this week, and though they vary widely in content, they are all terrifically accomplished.

At Stantonbury Campus, James T Tearle presents My Luminous Life.

“There is something unique about the generation of adults in their thirties that make them old enough that they didn’t grow up with the level of imagery at their fingertips that the youth of today enjoy, but are still young enough to utilise such images capture d in the same manner as this younger generation,” he says, explaining the background to his show.

James says many of us have a big box full of 35mm photos documenting our time from baby to adult, before digitally storage became the norm, and he is absolutely right in the case of GO!

We’ve a very large box crammed full of old snaps.

What James has done is revisit the photos, enlarged them, reduced them to grey shadows and coloured them with highlighters: “I therefore re-engage with memories that have long since been miss-filed, memories that can’t simply be scrolled through via the click of a mouse, but often mean more to us by their scarcity and are more likely to reveal significant events in our life rather than the standard drunken selfie or dinner shot of the modern world.”

My Luminous Life will be available to view through to September 13.

>While we’re firmly in art mode, we should also give a mention to Milton Keynes Society of Artists vice chairman Mike Bloor, whose painting Meeting Point is one of the pieces featured in MK Gallery’s current MK Calling exhibition.

If you’ve not so far stopped by for a peek at the treasures contained, you’ve got until September 6 to make the change.

> The fabulous photography of David Tunnicliffe is back in the spotlight from Tuesday, when his Under African Skies exhibition finds a temporary home at Acorn House, home of The Community Foundation.

“Having spent so many of my own days Under African Skies, I was drawn to the idea of depicting, through my photography, life in the Horn of Africa, from its earliest beginnings with neolithic man in the Cave of the Poisoned Arrow, at Buur Heybe, Somalia to across the border into Ethiopia with the peoples of the Abidjatta, Shalla and Awasso, in Sidamo as well as people around Debra Lebanos in Welo Province,” David explained.

“I also wanted to include a hint of the rich wildlife for which Africa was famed.”

David’s amazing shots will be available to view for two months at the hub in the heart of town.

>Work by internationally acclaimed pop artist Romero Britto is currently being hosted by Castle Galleries at thecentre:mk

The Brazilian-born, Miami-made creative makes full use of vibrant colour, playful themes and hard-edged compositions to capture the attention of youthful spirits and educated art collectors in equal measure.

‘Romero’s work evokes happiness and hope using a visual language all its own,’ says his biography

“Art can make you look at something in an exciting and totally different way,” Romero says, “It can give you the power to ‘fly’.

“I get my inspiration from simple things in life...from beautiful things that happen around me, things that make me happy and leave me inspired!”

>MK Arts Centre and Tracing the Pathway are hosting a shared picnic on Saturday between midday and 3pm.

Organisers say it will ‘celebrate the artistic endeavours of workshop attendees, eating the produce they have grown, from the platters they have woven, whilst enjoying the artworks they have produced, in the environment they have been constructed in.’

Everyone is welcome – the centre is located at Parklands, in Great Linford.

Entry is free.