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MK Gallery celebrates new building with topping out ceremony

10 December 2018

A major milestone in the development of the new MK Gallery was celebrated on Monday 10th December, with a topping out ceremony seeing the delivery and planting of the first plant for the newly landscaped area surrounding the building.

The new MK Gallery, designed by 6a architects, in close collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, will open on 16 March 2019. The development and extension of the existing site, will see a doubling of exhibition space, a new auditorium, shop and independent café bar, as well as a dedicated learning studio and a landscaped area with artist designed playscape surrounding the building.

The Arts Council, MK Council and SEMLEP through their Local Growth Fund, have come together to help make the project a reality, creating what will be a place of significant local, regional and national cultural interest in the heart of Milton Keynes.  This investment has levered in incredible generosity from a broad range of trusts and foundations, individuals and other partners, including Milton Keynes Community Foundation.

Anthony Spira, Director at MK Gallery said “Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our partners for their passion, dedication and generosity in helping us make the new MK Gallery a reality. We’re incredibly proud that the new building will play host to an inspiring range of exhibitions, live events, film nights and educational programmes that will help create a significant new cultural destination for the region.”

Judith Barker, Director of Programmes and Governance, SEMLEP said, “This is very exciting for Milton Keynes, already recognised as one of the most innovative, creative and cultural cities in the UK. By building on the diversity of its arts programme, the gallery expects to bring 70,000 more people into Milton Keynes. This gallery extension allows for a dedicated education space and will be a fantastic place to inspire and train future leaders in this fast growing sector.”

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