Making with
Maddi Nicholson

Monday 13 September, 1–4pm
Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Great Linford, MK14 5DZ

Tuesday 14 September, 5–8pm
Moorlands Family Centre, 6 Dodkin, Beanhill, MK6 4LP

Wednesday 15 September, 1–4pm
Netherfield Meeting place, Farmborough, Netherfield, Milton Keynes MK6 4HS

Suitable for ages 16 and over

Join artist Maddi Nicholson in the creation of 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. Together, the houses celebrate the diversity of Milton Keynes people through their homes.

The workshops will involve making a fabric or paper model of a house from Milton Keynes, from pre-printed artist designed patterns. Each participant will use scissors, an iron and if they have the skills, use a sewing machine (although, there will be experienced sewing support on hand!) to adorn the fabric house with your own feelings of what home means to you.

To get you started you will be taken through a series of warm up exercises with Maddi Nicholson, before designing patterns and words to turn into personalised embellishments. 

Between 28 September and 2 October 2021, this miniature housing estate 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.

After the last outside event house makers can take home their houses.

All tools and materials provided
Each participant will have a fabric printed pattern of a Milton Keynes house to work onto. Extra fabric will be provided for your own design and fabric glue, scissors, fabric carbon paper, pins and the use of an iron.

Maddi Nicholson: Home exhibiton schedule

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. There will also be opportunities to make your own miniature Milton Keynes house in paper, or to buy an artist-signed limited-edition textile house kit.

Exhibition schedule:

28 September, 1–6pm
Tin Man Park, Beanhill, Milton Keynes

29 September, 1–6pm
Community Garden, Netherfield, Milton Keynes

1 October, 12–7pm
Saxon Court, 502 Averbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes

2 October, 12–5pm
Great Linford Manor Park, Milton Keynes

Please note, the inflated house will only be shown in good weather.

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