For the second year running Stantonbury Galley will be celebrating #LOVEMKDAY by hosting an exhibition of locally inspired artwork.
Following on from last year’s striking MK Street Names exhibition, this year we charged numerous local artists with the task of providing us with artwork which focuses on, or in some way inspired by, the City of Milton Keynes. From studies of local fauna and fungi to the famous Concrete Cows, local artists have had a wide subject to work from and we are excited to see what they come up with and present to you as curated body of MK art!
Milton Keynes is a city that has art at its very soul.
From the very early days of the New City artistic mavericks like Bill Billings creating some of the most iconic sites in with large works like his Pear Tree Bridge Dinosaur and Wolverton Canal Side Mural.
As well as inspiring individuals, Milton Keynes has also produced some great artistic groups Like Monkey Kettle and the Silbury Group who produced some excellent artists and exhibitions throughout the city, particularly at the CBX in the city centre during the nineties, and more widely at their base at Westbury Farm Studios in Westcroft. Milton Keynes can also boast many local art groups who have found spaces to exhibit over the years such as Middleton Hall and various Libraries across the City. With the arrival of Gallery MK and the excitement of Gilbert and George Exhibition and locally grown artistic giants Boyd and Evans, our place on the artistic map was cemented with the best Concrete Cow mix available to humanity!
With all this artistic prowess behind us we have barely touched on the artists working or have worked here in Milton Keynes over the last fifty years, however, we hope to be just one small part of the story and hope to continue to offer local artists the chance to exhibit with us in collective exhibitions and solo shows alike. The exhibition will host a private view on the 27th of April from 7pm to 9pm, the bar will be open and live music will be on offer.
This Exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Local Art favourite, Steve Groom, who is sadly no longer with us and a precursor to an exhibition of his work coming soon...
James Tearle and Ryan Truscott
Gallery Coordinating Team