Meet Milton Keynes artist Richard Deacon

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On Thursday, November 17 there will be an opportunity to hear artist Richard Deacon ‘in conversation’ at MK Gallery.

The gallery is working with Turner prize winner Deacon on an ambitious public art project, to be installed on a roundabout in Milton Keynes in 2017.

During this ‘in conversation’ event, Deacon will present an illustrated talk about his practice and share his proposed design for the sculpture.

The commission forms part of MK Gallery’s contribution to MK50, the celebrations to mark the city’s 50th anniversary.

The idea comes from an unrealised MK Development Corporation proposal in the 1970s to install a sculpture on every roundabout in Milton Keynes, providing landmarks across the city.

Deacon has a longstanding association with Milton Keynes, having collaborated with Bletchley-based firms, Kemco Fabrications Ltd and Twin Engineering Ltd, for much of his steel work.

Working in wide-ranging media, Deacon said: “I select materials, processes and methods that are needed to create something, without knowing what the result will be arriving at sculptures unlike anything made by anyone else.”

His highly acclaimed career dates back to the late 1970s and was recently celebrated in the 2014 Tate Britain survey exhibition.

The sculpture, which has been made possible through generous support from a local resident, is planned to be installed on Fox Milne roundabout in Milton Keynes.

The free ‘in conversation’ event begins at 7pm, with spaces limited, pre-book your spot at: www.mkgallery.org.