The Groundwork Weekender was a three-day celebration and exploration of Milton Keynes; its heritage, landscape, mobility, architecture, people, sites and sounds of the city, curated by artist-collective Tracing the Pathway.
The Groundwork Weekender presented an ambitious and diverse programme of performances, talks, walks, exhibitions, film screenings and social meeting points, each entirely created for and in response to MK. Eleven unique artist projects premiered work, softly animating the city, gesturing towards the inspiring creative and cultural sites that can be found by every grassy verge; in its grid formations, underpasses, trees, and people too.
All events were free and the programme encouraged both arts and non-arts audiences to engage with the work and meet the artists behind their creation. Audiences had the choice to navigate their way around the programme and city, independently or, alternatively as part of a collectively journey touring around the artworks sited across the city. The tour, titled The Coach Trip, was hosted by artist duo Hunt and Darton, providing a witty take on the holiday bus tour as a way to experience the adventure of the city. The tour took in some of Milton Keynes' most significant cultural, heritage and architectural sites, as well as guiding guests on a journey to visit and partake in the events, installations and talks presented during the Groundwork Weekender.
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The Weekender was part of Groundwork, developed by artist collective Tracing the Pathway. Groundwork is a performance and research project about Milton Keynes, which curates unique artworks for the town, supports the development of artists, and provides a platform artists to make deep, long-lasting connection the city. This programme, in parallel to the Weekender, has been generously supported with funding from Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Community Foundation, Pedalling Culture, Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Sharing Culture: MK, and has been supported by Studio Chehade, Arts and Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes and MK Biergarten.