thecentre:mk experiences new Artbeat

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On Wednesday, December 21, urban graffiti artists known in the art world as ‘Mef’ and ‘Kem’, were commissioned to create a visual spectacular for the side of a hoarding which wraps the multi million pound re-development of Next at thecentre:mk, along the John Lewis flank arcade.

The artwork spans 50 metres of the mall at thecentre:mk and sits in line with the temporary sculpture gallery that was installed on the 15 September 2011, to further enhance the shoppers art experience at the centre.

This year thecentre:mk sponsor the Woburn ARTBEAT sculpture and art exhibition, which will be located within the gardens of Woburn Abbey and the Woburn village itself from 6 April - 31 August 2012. This exciting project which will see around 80 artists work exhibited in over 20 different locations, including pieces from international artists Thomas Ostenberg, Philip Blacker and Maurice Blik.

Johann Bester, curator of the public exhibition at thecentre:mk and director of Woburn ARTBEAT comments “The urban art we have created at thecentre:mk looks fantastic and we are really very excited following our most recent projects on the mall, to have created such exciting artwork. Following the installation of the temporary sculpture exhibition in association with the Public Arts Trust we look forwards to 2012 as we embark on the Woburn ARTBEAT project.”

Robert Hall, centre director at thecentre:mk said: “Our recent collaborative projects with Bedford Street Gallery, Woburn and the Public Arts Trust have been great to add an alternative visual aesthetic to the John Lewis flank arcades at thecentre:mk and have really brought to life the malls as we work on our multi million pound development project to further extend the retail offer at thecentre:mk into 2012. We look forwards to the new year, as we work more closely on the Woburn ARTBEAT project.”

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