Groundwork 2018 will support the creation of:
This programme will be created & shared with audiences from a range of economic and cultural backgrounds to celebrate and debate the place, people, heritage and history of MK.
Between April and August 2018 our Site Artists: Aaron James, Beatrice Jarvis, Hayley Newman, Laura Cooper, Phil Smith and Sapphire Goss to return to Milton Keynes; to take time to create one of the ideas arising from their initial research residency, and as referenced, they will work alongside MK-based Anna Berry, Katie Ellen Fields, Priya Chohan-Padia and Thomas Cuthbertson to create a new artwork for and about Milton Keynes. To support the artists’ creative process Tracing the Pathway have curated a 3-month programme of workshops, film screenings, talks, professional development sessions, performances, walks, residencies and mentoring sessions, which will support the development of our artists’ projects but also as a way to widen engagement with and encourage debate about Milton Keynes; its heritage, landscape, mobility, architecture, people, sites and sounds of the city.
In making these ideas a reality, Tracing the Pathway will coordinate, publicise and produce Groundwork as a durational programme of activities taking place between July and September 2018 as part of Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s Common Ground programme. Common Ground expands upon Milton Keynes Arts Centre's community participation and artist development programmes by offering a twelve month season of five distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Working with artists from RARA (Youngsook Choi and Kirsti Davies), Tracing the Pathway and Milo McLoughlin-Greening, MKAC’s projects see artists work directly with their neighbouring communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops, professional and artistic development, salons and supper clubs targeting artists and practitioners based in Milton Keynes.
Groundwork’s event programme at MKAC will inspire and develop the creation of each artist’s work, and will culminate in a weekend-long festival for arts and non-arts audiences. The festival will present the outputs of each artist’s project as well as offering both formal and informal discussions and educational opportunities to further explore and debate the ideas embedded in Groundwork and the artist’s work.
Groundwork will be an entirely public-facing, citywide innovation expanding the possibilities for the ways in which art is presented and made for the city. All events are free and the programme encourages both arts and non-arts audiences to engage with the work and meet the artists behind their creation. Audiences will be free to navigate their way around the programme and city, or, alternatively we invite you to join us for a three-day guided tour as we collectively journey by foot, by bike and by bus around these artworks, around this city.
In particular, for those audiences members visiting MK, for those that have access barriers, or for those who find it hard to travel around Milton Keynes, we will be providing a coach that will travel between the artworks. The Coach Trip will be led by artist duo Hunt and Darton who will create a bespoke 2-day journey of Milton Keynes’ heritage, landscape and architecture, taking in the city’s most iconic sites, as well as, its lesser known culturally and historically revered buildings. The tour will begin and end its day at strategically positioned pick-up and drop-off locations so those from around the city’s periphery, can just as easily access the work as those in the centre, and hop on and off at designated heritage hotspots.
It is intended that The Coach Trip’s unique artistic offer not only provides a fun and high-quality delivery of performance and comedy but it also begins to address other aspects of cultural provision flagged as a concern with the MKCF’s Vital Signs report: The Coach Trip will: