Maddi Nicholson

June 2021 – July 2022

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Maddi Nicholson is an artist who specialises in working with people and place. Her interest is in communities: communities of people, of objects, of interest, of life – and the choices and allegiances that one makes.

From June 2021 to July 2022, Maddi Nicholson will be a Visiting Artist at Milton Keynes Arts Centre, working with local people to delve beneath preconceptions of buildings, and the people who live or lived in them, to explore what ‘home’ subjectively means to each of us.

In 2019, Maddi Nicholson first visited Milton Keynes and says:

“Over the past few years I have been investigating perceptions of place, class and status that are embedded in particular structures, especially northern working class terraces, public and civic buildings, animal and agricultural structures and homes of all types. 

I was particularly interested in the buildings of Milton Keynes Arts Centre, and the grounds of Great Linford Manor Park: the Schoolhouse and Almshouses, built by William Pritchard in 1696; twin stable pavilions; and the Radcliffe building; their perceived grandeur and status, however untrue, in comparison with some of the ‘modern’ 1970s estate housing surrounding the Arts Centre and in the outlying areas around Milton Keynes.”

Photograph by Maddi Nicholson

Make Your Own 3D Paper House

Download these artist-designed templates of a Milton Keynes house as a fun activity to do at home. Decorate your house with pictures, words and symbols which celebrate your identity and the place you live.

Click here to download all five templates

Don’t have a printer? Don’t worry!
We’ll have plenty of house templates and drawing materials in our gallery for everyone to use. If you’re stopping by Great Linford Manor Park for a walk or picnic, why not drop in and get making over a cup of tea.

Limited Edition Milton Keynes house

A limited edition series of Milton Keynes houses created by the artist, Maddi Nicholson, with the people of Milton Keynes for the project, Home. Each fabric pattern gives you instructions to follow to create your own home.
Each signed and numbered, edition of 100.

Home by Maddi Nicholson – Exhibition tour

28 September – 2 October 2021

Home; an exhibition by Maddi Nicholson and the communities of Milton Keynes comprising of over 100 miniature fabric houses based on photographs of people’s homes in Beanhill Eaglestone, Great Linford and Netherfield.

The exhibiton goes on tour around Milton Keynes and will be joined by a 5 metre high inflatable sculpture of a typical terraced house from Maddi Nicholson’s home town, Barrow-in-Furness. Based on a terrace that has since been demolished, this artwork makes us consider what is saved and what is lost in the name of redevelopment, and what the impact is on communities.

As part of the exhibiton, each venue will feature a programme of events, talks, screenings and Maddi Nicholson will be on hand to talk to visitors about her work and the ‘Home’ project.

Home with Maddi Nicholson
From June 2021, Maddi will be working with local people to delve beneath preconceptions of buildings, and the people who live or lived in them, to explore what ‘home’ subjectively means to each of us.

Supported with funding from Arts Council England

Based in Barrow-in-Furness since 1998, Maddi Nicholson and fellow artist, Stuart Bastik, co-founded Art Gene in 2002: an international research facility, which has supported the local community to work alongside multidisciplinary teams of architects, artists and other specialists to ‘Re-Vision’ the regeneration of the social, natural and built environment.

In her individual practice, Maddi Nicholson is known for producing large-scale inflated structures and plastic installations, which have clad castles, London tower blocks, town halls, art galleries and vehicles ranging from a Norwegian passenger ferry to double decker buses and trucks. The artist also works in photography, painting and video.

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