Groundwork invites all residents to join in free weekend to celebrate the city

Residents of the city are being invited to take part in a free three-day arts festival celebrating the landscape, people and heritage of Milton Keynes.

Monday, 3rd September 2018, 8:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 5:16 am

Groundwork Weekender, being held on Friday to Sunday, September 14-16, is an artist-led festival which will present 11 projects across the area offering free public participation in performances, talks, walks, exhibitions and film screenings.

It will take place across a number of venues including Milton Keynes Arts Centre, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, Westbury Arts Centre, The Parks Trust, The Old Bus Station (Winter Night Shelter), Gulliver’s Land, The Fred Roche Foundation and MK College.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre is a key funder and will be home to Groundwork Exhibition open to the public from September 10 – 29 September as part of the project.

Events include: Friday September 14: The MK Myth: A Walking Book Launch, 6.30pm - 8pm, walk between MK Gallery and tour of Gulliver’s Land.

Saturday, September 15: Festival of Curves, Detours and Slopes. A performative tour of the Redways with Hayley Newman, 11am – 12.45pm, meeting at The Lakeside pub, Willen Lake. Sunday, September 16: Sculpt and Run with artist and endurance runner Thomas Cuthbertson, start 1.30pm, Campbell Park. Finish at Fred Roche Gardens.

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Groundwork Weekender

Programme of Events

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Situating the Groundwork Symposium

- Friday 14 September, 09:30 - 18:30 -

A day of talks and presentations at MK Gallery

The MK Myth: A walking book launch

- Friday 14 September, 18:30 - 20:00 -

A walking book launch between MK Gallery and Gullivers Land, with tour of Gullivers Land)

Festival of Curves, Slopes and Detours

- Saturday 15 September, 11:30 - 12:45 -

An invitation to all MK walkers, runners & cyclists to join artist Hayley Newman in celebrating the Redways on a choreographed journey starting and finishing at The Lakeside Inn, Willen Lake

Softening the Grid

- Saturday 15 September, 15:30 - 16:30

Premiere at Westbury Arts Centre of a film capturing MK resident falcons as they soar above and navigate the grid of MK


- Saturday 15 September, 19:30 - 10:00 -

A multi-screen and audio installation by Aaron James, featuring a live performance by James at MK Gallery

Connected to Ground

- Sunday 16 - Friday 28 September -

Sunday 16 September, 10:30, Priya Chohan-Padia opens Connect to Ground, a new sculpture which questions the narratives imbued in materials, presented at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre

Cover, Attend, Unearth

- Sunday 16 September, 10:30 - 12:00 -

Katie Ellen Fields offers an invitation to engage with the restorative, observational and rewarding practices she has developed from her studio-allotment, presented at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre

This City is a Tree

- Sunday 16 September, 10:30 - 12:00 -

Beatrice Jarvis presents a new film, featuring featuring conversations with original MK city planners, presented at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre

Sculpt and Run

- Sunday 16 September, 13:30 - 14:00 -

Join artist and runner Thomas Cuthbertson in a group run from the Light Pyramid, Campbell Park to Fred Roche Gardens

(CMK), dressed as a sculpture of your choice. Entry requirements: dress fancy-dress as a sculpture. Medals and Prizes.

Manifest Identity & Eternity City

- Sunday 16 September, 14:00 - 17:00 -

Anna Berry and Sapphire Goss present new sculptural and filmic installations inspired by the city, at The Old Bus Station