MK Gallery is delivering a new art programme for young people who have complex needs and their families. The ‘Inclusive Practice in the Arts’ programme, that is funded by MK Community Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, will work with young people and families with children with complex needs to offer the capacity for them to explore various art forms and learn through experience.
The programme will run over a course of 3 years, with weekly workshops, and aims to provide a challenging and enjoyable experience for the children and families involved to learn more about art. The sessions will enable the participants to work directly with artists who have specialist training in complex needs, which allows the family to spend quality time together in an environment that promotes creativity and fun, while understanding everyone’s needs.
MK Gallery Director, Anthony Spira said: “Having the support of Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Milton Keynes Community Foundation to deliver this transformative programme is fantastic. Their support enables us to bring in specialist expertise and train artists and other staff to provide a positive experience of the arts for absolutely everyone, regarding their level of need. For families with a family member with complex needs, the opportunity to enjoy high-quality creative activities together is very rare, which makes the new ‘Inclusive Practice in the Arts’ programme all the more important. We are delighted to be delivering this crucial work as part of our commitment to providing the very best arts experiences”.
MK Gallery is currently undergoing a huge expansion, which will be completed during the second year of the ‘Inclusive Practice in the Arts’ programme. The main gallery building will re-open in early 2019 with state-of-the-art access facilities, which have been funded by MK Community Foundation and will make the gallery more accessible for everyone. The expanded gallery will include access routes with a generous width, accessible signage, a hearing loop, portable seating and a ‘Changing Places’ toilet. These amazing and inclusive upgrades will allow people who have previously been unable to visit, or to stay for an extended time, will be able to take full advantage of the facilities that will be available.
Ian Revell, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Community Foundation said: “MK Community Foundation is proud to partner with MK Gallery by co-funding this ambitious and innovative project with Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This project is designed for young people with complex needs and their families to engage with a high-quality arts programme. MK Gallery has a long and impressive track record of delivering quality arts projects and we have every expectation that they will produce a first-rate programme that will benefit many local families and leave a positive impact on the cultural life of Milton Keynes”.