Art fans have a double reason to raise a toast this week – with the opening of the summer exhibition at MK Gallery, and the start of the Made in MK programme of events.
The gallery presents Cadences, from tomorrow.
Expectations are high for the show, and with just reason – it brings together 40 historical and modern works, which are being loaned from one of Holland’s most illustrious collections – the Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen, in Rotterdam.
The collection of paintings, prints and ceramics range from Old Master artists to the contemporary, and many of those included focus on themes of flight, falling, destruction and gravity.
The earliest piece in the exhibition, Neri di Bicci’s ‘The fall of the rebel angels with St Michael fighting the dragon’ dates from around 1480, while Escher’s optical illusion showing a flock of birds flying in opposite directions, is from the late 1930s.
Also figuring alongside the pictures is a contemporary film, by British artist Catherine Yass.
Catherine – who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2002 – will show her film, Flight.
She attached a camera to a model remote-control helicopter as it flew above rooftops, giving a disorientating birds-eye view of London.
And all captured in just one take...
> Made in MK was a resounding success in 2013, and it’s welcome return – it launches again today at the MK G Summer Party and exhibition preview – signals more of the same, but on an even bigger scale.
The Citizen-backed programme celebrates the unique arts and heritage of Milton Keynes, with opportunities to engage with exhibitions, workshops, open days, craft events and performances all over Milton Keynes, right through the summer.
Among those events showing out under the Made in MK umbrella this week...
Tomorrow Arts Central is hosting a Salsa8 Intensive Workshop, and The Peploe Williams Academy will perform Tribute To Broadway art Stantonbury Campus, Students from the Winslow-based Academy will be stage-stepping with a wide mix of musical theatre, and acting numbers based on the shows and plays from the New York region.
Tickets are £12, falling to £10 for concessions.
Performances are Sunday at 6pm, and Monday at 7.15pm.
To book seats call the box office on MK 324466 or visit www.stantonburytheatre.co.u
In Stony Stratford The Stani Gallery has a range of arts and crafts courses to get stuck into, while Debi-Sara hosts a life drawing class on Saturday.
The same day, MK Film Network will host a film and production course with Rosemary Hill at Arts Central, and a day-long Hatha Yoga workshop will take place at Westbury Arts Centre.
GO! will be bringing you details of what to see, when, and of course you can visit www.aha-mk.org/MadeinMK for the full listings.