In With The Old

Kitty Finer

In With The Old with artist and musician Kitty Finer is the first instalment of Common Ground, 2019–20.

Interested in how older generations can still be culturally relevant, Kitty Finer brings together Milton Keynes’ young and old to create a multigenerational body of work including film, fashion and furnishings.

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1 June – 30 September 2019

Throughout June–August, In With The Old offered free artist-led events, family workshops and professional development sessions with MK College students, residents of Pritchard Court, families and local communities in collaboration with guest artists Marcia Farquhar, Jane Howard, Alex Brenchley, Joe Hales, Ben Anderson, Big Shop Friday, Tania Chant, Penny Klein, Daniel Chehade, Lauren Godfrey, Real Friends, Blues Store and Season Butler alongside Kitty Finer; exploring themes of memory, story-telling and legacy to create an intergenerational scene at Milton Keynes Arts Centre.

Created in collaboration with young people living in and around Milton Keynes, MY KIND represents genuine exchange of intergenerational story-telling and co-design of a new MK based fashion label.

Inspired by old garments once worn by Kitty’s mother, residents of nearby Pritchard Court doodled and painted from the layers of patterns and textures to create an assortment of imagery, which was laid out as inspiration for young people to interpret and overlay as new designs for the intergenerational fashion label, MY KIND.

The limited edition MY KIND t-shirts; inspired by the old, designed by the young and worn by all.

Acts of Patterns
Using a selection of garments from Marcia Farquhar’s Acts of Clothing performance, and items donated by Milton Keynes communities, artist Lauren Godfrey led a workshop and MK College students composing layers of texture, pattern and colour to create a series of still life drawings. The folds and undulations of the fabrics are distilled into a blur of colours and textures, existing as an alluring and abstracted landscape to form the design of the limited-edition fabric Acts of Patterns, which will become table cloth for Pritchard Court’s communal spaces.

Taking inspiration from the spirit of well-considered and constructed children’s television, artist Kitty Finer creates a TV pilot for a show aimed at intergenerational audiences from early years to OAPs. Footage taken throughout In With The Old workshops with Kitty and guest artists Alex Brenchley, Penny Klein, Tania Chant and Kitty’s daughter, Olive and nephew, Max in set design, costume making, singing and song writing is combined to produce content for a fun, engaging and intergenerational FABA (For the Audience, By the Audience) TV Pilot.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre has commissioned In With The Old with Kitty Finer as the first instalment on Common Ground; twelve-month season of distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Supporting free artist workshops, screenings, talks, professional development sessions, performances, mentoring sessions and co-authored exhibition in the Arts Centre’s gallery.


Kitty Finer studied in her home town London before moving to Bristol and then Glasgow to further studies in Fine Art, where she also became interested in live social events as performative installations. Performing in bands and running nightclubs became pivotal to Kitty’s practice, running regular events at The Horse Hospital, revolving around records and performance which soon led to Artists Behind Bars; one night only event celebrating spontaneous structures of hospitality for artists and public who share an interest in the (part time) role of bartending.

Kitty combines her visual and performative art practice to make ‘happenings’ happen, exploring ways to entertain diverse audiences from early years to OAPs, both within and out of the familiar gallery settings.

Inspired by her parent’s punk spirit and grandmothers post war make do and mend mentality, Kitty’s approach to making embraces the spirit of DIY.
Being resourceful and making something out of nothing is inherited from her grandmother Jean, who at the age of 93 has become Kitty’s influencer.

Her clothes were passed down to Kitty in recent years, which Kitty admired throughout her childhood and today as a young woman. She wears these clothes when visiting her grandmother, the outfits trigger memories for them both and prompts stories to be shared.

Recent performances and collaborations include appearances at Latitude Festival, The Idler Festival, Super Normal Festival, Fuji Rock, Japan; The British Library, The Horse Hospital; and Richard Wilson’s A Slice of Reality. Kitty recently released her EP – “A-SIDE” and is touring her one woman musical Me and Johnny Love in DIY spaces and living rooms around the UK.

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