Groundwork Weekender

Tracing the Pathway

The Groundwork Weekender is 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.


See below for more details.






14–16 September 2018
Hosted by Tracing the Pathway
Various Locations across Milton Keynes


Tracing the Pathway present 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.


The Weekender is 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


Event programme



Situating the Groundwork Symposium
Friday 14 September, 9:30am–6:30pm
This ticket offers entry to Day 1 of the Groundwork Weekender’s symposium event Situating the Groundwork: Initiatives, Infrastructures and Interventions. This event will take place at MK Gallery. Attendance includes vegetarian appetisers as a light refreshment in-between the end of the symposium on Day 1 and the beginning of evening event.


The MK Myth: A walking book launch
Friday 14 September, 6:30–8:00pm
This ticket offers participation in a walking/reading tour by artist Phil Smith. The tour will bring to life an extract of Smith's new novel The MK Myth, leading participants from MK Gallery to the site of the book launch at Gulliver’s Land. The event will involve a 30 minute walking/reading tour, led by Smith, through Campbell Park before a tour of Gulliver's Land after close, toasts, music, and opportunities to purchase Smith’s novel.



The Coach Trip #1
Saturday 15 September, 9:00am – 14:45pm
This ticket enables you to take part in the first of three bus tours of Milton Keynes led by artist duo Hunt and Darton’s. The tour will pass by some of Milton Keynes most significant cultural, heritage and architectural sites, guiding guests on a journey to visit and partake in the events, installations and talks presented during the morning of Day 2 of the Groundwork Weekender. Attendance includes guaranteed participation in Hayley Newmans’ Festival of Curves, Detours and Slopes, entrance to MK Food Fest and a panel discussion with Dr Bob Jarvis, Dr Beatrice Jarvis and Andy Routledge.


Festival of Curves, Slopes and Detours
Saturday 15 September, 11:30am–12:45pm
An invitation to all MK walkers, runners & cyclists to join artist Hayley Newman in celebrating the Redways on a choreographed journey starting and finishing at The Lakeside Inn, Willen Lake.


The Coach Trip #2
Saturday 15 September, 14:00pm – 21:00pm
This ticket enables you to take part in Hunt and Darton’s bus tour of Milton Keynes. The tour will pass by some of Milton Keynes most significant cultural, heritage and architectural sites, guiding guests on a journey to visit and partake in the events, installations and talks presented during the afternoon and evening of Day 2 of the Groundwork Weekender. Attendance includes Laura Cooper's screening of Softening the Grid, entrance to the Open Heritage Days events at Westbury Arts Centre, a panel discussion with Cliff Hammett, Jo Scott and Blind Ditch, a packed dinner on the coach and entrance to Aaron James' performance Topos, ending in a selected tracklist by Aaron James.


Softening the Grid
Saturday 15 September, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Premiere at Westbury Arts Centre of a film capturing MK resident falcons as they soar above and navigate the grid of MK.


Topos
Saturday 15 September, 7:30pm –8:30pm
A multi-screen and audio installation by Aaron James, featuring a live performance by James at MK Gallery.


The Coach Trip #3
Sunday 16 September, 9:00am – 17:00pm
This ticket enables you to take part in the final part of Hunt and Darton’s artwork-come-bus-tour of Milton Keynes. The tour will pass by some of Milton Keynes most significant cultural, heritage and architectural sites, guiding guests on a journey to visit and partake in the events, installations and talks presented during the afternoon and evening of Day 3 of the Groundwork Weekender. Attendance includes entrance to the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre to partake in Katie Ellen Field’s performance installation Cover, Attention, Unearth; to view Priya Chohan-Padia’s installation Connected to Ground; watch Beatrice Jarvis’ film This City is a Tress; and be part of a panel discussion with artists Nela Milic, Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford. The trip will then move on to central MK where people can choose to participate in Thomas Cuthbertson’s Sculpt and Run fun run or find a spot along the race line to cheer on the runners! Time will then be given to exploring the exhibitions of Sapphire Goss and Anna Berry at the Old Bus Station, before a final panel discussion with Groundwork artists, and Hannah Gaunt, and the closing ceremony for the Groundwork Weekender at the Old Bus Station.
Connected to Ground
Sunday 16 – Friday 28 September
Sunday 16 September, 10:30am
Priya Chohan-Padia opens Connect to Ground, a new sculpture which questions the narratives imbued in materials, presented at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre.


Cover, Attend, Unearth
Sunday 16 September, 10:30am–12:00pm
Katie Ellen Fields offers an invitation to engage with the restorative, observational and rewarding practices she has developed from her studio-allotment, presented at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre.


This City is a Tree
Sunday 16 September, 10:30am–12:00pm
Beatrice Jarvis presents a new film, featuring featuring conversations with original MK city planners, presented at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre.


Sculpt and Run
Sunday 16 September, 1:30pm–2:00pm
Join artist and runner Thomas Cuthbertson in a group run from the Light Pyramid, Campbell Park to Fred Roche Gardens (CMK), dressed as a sculpture of your choice. Entry requirements: dress fancy-dress as a sculpture. Medals and Prizes.


Manifest Identity & Eternity City
Sunday 16 September, 2:00pm–5:00pm
Anna Berry and Sapphire Goss present new sculptural and filmic installations inspired by the city, at The Old Bus Station.



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