Fantastic Fordlandia feature

MPMC Melanie Smith Film stills
MPMC Melanie Smith Film stills
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A new exhibition by Melanie Smith opens at MK Gallery next week, with a preview from 6-10pm, tonight; all welcome.

Although born in the UK, Melanie Smith moved to Mexico 25 years ago and has become one of the country’s most celebrated contemporary artists. This is her first UK survey exhibition, with work from 1994 to the present day, including a new film, Fordlandia (2014), shot in an abandoned city and rubber plantation built in the Amazon in the 1920s by Henry Ford.

The exhibition is on from April 11 to June 15.

Looking ahead the gallery is putting on an Easter holiday workshop fromm Friday, April 11. The session invites parents and children along to make collages and collaborate with artists Aaron Head and James Winnett to create a foil mountain range.The sessions are on from 10am-12 noon, 2pm or 2pm-4pm and open to children aged seven and over. Entrance is free.

Don’t forget the regular mini makers explore architecture sessions every Saturday. They run from 1pm-3pm every Saturday, aimed at youngsters aged from five and their families. Events include:

> April 5, Drawing the City with Clare Ridgeway

> April 12Model MK with Aaron Head

> April 19 Painting the City with Sophie Bennett

26 April Exhibition Finale: Events TBC