Groundwork 2018

Co-working space, 02 July – 29 September 
Free, all welcome

Exhibition, 01 September–29 September
Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Gallery opening times, Monday – Satuday 10am–4pm
Free, all welcome

The Groundwork Weekender, 14–16 September 
Free, register your ticket here

The Groundwork Weekender; 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.

Groundwork is multifaceted. It is grassroots, organic and responsive: curating unique artworks; supporting the professional development of local artists; and providing a platform for internationally renowned artists to make deep, long-lasting and meaningful connections with the town. Since Groundwork's inception in 2015 it has operated as an umbrella project title for a variety of activities including residencies, talks, workshops, parties and dinners. Click here to visit our archive for Groundwork 2017

Groundwork is unique to Milton Keynes for its focus on performance, site-specific and interdisciplinary work. It is also the only long-term, artist-led, self-organised project of its kind within the area which celebrates and debates the cultural heritage and identity of the town. As such Groundwork forefronts the original ethos of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation to champion artists as playing a vital role in community building.

Co-working space, 02 July – 29 September 
Groundwork will be hosted in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre (MKAC) where Tracing the Pathway will be in residence from Monday 2nd July to Saturday 29th September 2018. To compliment the public events programme at MKAC, we will open the Arts Centre’s gallery to the general public as a co-working studio. This offering provides a communal shared space to any individuals, freelancers, cultural or artistic organisations looking to find a friendly site to work in.

The gallery will also double up as an open-studio for Tracing the Pathway as they curate and produce the Groundwork Weekender, and will also operate as a work base for Groundwork’s commissioned artists - Aaron James, Anna Berry, Beatrice Jarvis, Hayley Newman, Katie Fields, Laura Cooper, Phil Smith, Priya Chohan-Padia, Sapphire Goss and Thomas Cuthbertson, as they work towards the production of a series of unique works for and about Milton Keynes which will be presented at the Groundwork Weekender.

Individuals, freelancers, cultural or artistic organisations are welcome to work and visit the centre: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

Late night openings are Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
You can find us at: Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Parklands, Milton Keynes, MK14 5DZ

The Groundwork Weekender, Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018
The Groundwork Weekender presents 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 will premiere, softly animate 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 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.

Groundwork is a performance and research project about Milton Keynes by Tracing the Pathway.


The project has been developed by artist collective Tracing the Pathway in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre. This year's iteration of the project has been supported by funding from Arts Council England, MK Community Foundation, Pedalling Culture, Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Sharing Culture.

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 Youngsook Choi and Kirsti Davies from RARA collective, Tracing the Pathway (Ashleigh Bowmott and Cara Davies) and Milo Mcloughlin-Greening, our projects see artists work directly with our 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.

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