Explore Milton Keynes’ public art during its birthday year

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Milton Keynes 50th Birthday year not only calls for celebrations, but also for exploration!

2017 offers a chance for residents and visitors play with the city, which is why MK Council’s art team has commissioned ‘Writer in Residence’, Rachel Barnett, to bring MK’s public art to life through the MK50 Art Trail app.

The Public Art Audio walking tour takes you across 13 pieces of public art around Milton Keynes, each telling a different fictional story about the piece of art. The tour begins at the Milton Keynes Museum in Wolverton, but shorter tours can start at Artwork #2, the Octo, outside Norfolk House in Central Milton Keynes. The MK50 Art Trail app is free to download for Android and iPhone users.

The stories narrated in the app were written by Writer in Residence, Rachel Barnett. Rachel was offered a 6-month residency to engage with the community and offer writing opportunities to schools, community groups and businesses.

As well as the app audio trail, Rachel created an education pack for schools in Milton Keynes focussing on creative writing using Milton Keynes’ public art as inspiration. The education pack encourages pupils to use their imagination to write a fictional story based on the public art, ‘Dream Flight’ by Philomena Davis which can be found in Centre:MK.