Groundwork 
1 June – 30 September 2018
Exhibition | Event | Workshops | Professional Development | Adult | Families



Groundwork

with Tracing the Pathway

Overview


Groundwork is multifaceted. It is grassroots, organic and responsive: curating unique artworks; supporting the professional development of local artists; and providing a platform for internationally renowned artists to make deep, long-lasting and meaningful connections with the town. Since Groundwork's inception in 2015 it has operated as an umbrella project title for a variety of activities including residencies, talks, workshops, parties and dinners.

Groundwork is unique to Milton Keynes for its focus on performance, site-specific and interdisciplinary work. It is also the only long-term, artist-led, self-organised project of its kind within the area which celebrates and debates the cultural heritage and identity of the town. As such Groundwork forefronts the original ethos of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation to champion artists as playing a vital role in community building.



Tracing the Pathway (TTP) is an itinerant non-for-profit arts and research collective. The collective currently comprises four artists: Ashleigh Bowmott, Cara Davies, Mads Floor Andersen and Thomas Eke. In collaboration, we have presented artworks, interventions, workshops and academic papers, as well as, produced events and festivals across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and USA.

The idea of what and where home is is a key inspiration for TTP and since 2015 the collective have taken time to return to each member’s hometown to produce a series of new projects. Cara and Ashleigh grew up in Milton Keynes and are vitally passionate about championing cohesive creative communities in the city, hence the development of Groundwork: a cross-art platform for and about Milton Keynes, which examines the initiatives and interventions one might need to make in order to lay the Groundwork for a thriving cultural infrastructure.
Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s support has helped TTP to create a home for the past two months, offering them residency space in its gallery and supporting them in the curation of a 3-month programme of workshops, film screenings, talks, professional development sessions, performances, walks, residencies and mentoring sessions throughout Groundwork 2018. In turn, this offering has enabled TTP to support the development of eleven unique artists’ projects as a way to widen engagement with and encourage debate about Milton Keynes; its heritage, landscape, mobility, architecture, people, sites and sounds of the city.




Workshops: Families


Video artist Sapphire Goss will lead this free workshop for families of walking, filming and gathering plants. This workshop will include learning some simple editing techniques which can be replicated on your own phone to create beautiful moving artworks. This will involve a gentle 45 minute stroll, so please come in weather appropriate clothes for this section of the workshop. By the end of the day, participants will have created a beautiful floral inspired video artwork, and a toolbox of techniques for their future explorations.




Professional Development


Co-working space
2 July – 29 September

Groundwork will be hosted in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre (MKAC) where Tracing the Pathway will be in residence from Monday 2 July to Saturday 29 September 2018. To compliment the public events programme at MKAC, we will open the Arts Centre’s gallery to the general public as a co-working studio. This offering provides a communal shared space to any individuals, freelancers, cultural or artistic organisations looking to find a friendly site to work in.

The gallery will also double up as an open-studio for Tracing the Pathway as they curate and produce the Groundwork Weekender, and will also operate as a work base for Groundwork’s commissioned artists - Aaron James, Anna Berry, Beatrice Jarvis, Hayley Newman, Katie Fields, Laura Cooper, Phil Smith, Priya Chohan-Padia, Sapphire Goss and Thomas Cuthbertson, as they work towards the production of a series of unique works for and about Milton Keynes which will be presented at the Groundwork Weekender.









Events


The Groundwork Weekender, Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018


The Groundwork Weekender presents 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.

Groundwork is a performance and research project about Milton Keynes by Tracing the Pathway.
Inside Green Space with Katie Ellen Fields







Exhibition


The Groundwork exhibition has been commissioned by Milton Keynes Arts Centre as part of our Common Ground 2018 programme. Common Ground expands upon MKAC's community participation and artist development programmes by offering a twelve month season of five distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. The project sees artists work directly with communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops, professional and artistic development, salons and supper clubs targeting artists and practitioners based in Milton Keynes.

The exhibition maps the history, relationships, artworks, interventions and collaborations that have emerged over the first four years of Groundwork, but in particular the past two months as artists: Aaron James, Anna Berry, Beatrice Jarvis, Hayley Newman, Hunt and Darton, Katie Ellen Fields, Laura Cooper, Phil Smith, Priya Chohan-Padia, Sapphire Goss and Thoams Cuthbertson worked towards the completion of their projects in and around the Arts Centre.

The final iteration of these artists’ work has been curated by TTP as part of their festival called the Groundwork Weekender. The Groundwork exhibition shares highlights of the socially-engaged and site- responsive nature of the Groundwork Weekender, displaying documentation and remnants of the artists’ artworks and pinpointing where one might locate and encounter them across our city. As TTP are passionate about supporting communities that coalesce around the arts this exhibition also reflects on the diverse range of significant cultural and heritage hotspots in MK, the people TTP collaborate with and the burgeoning networks of creativity flourishing through their’s and their project partner’s initiatives. The exhibition therefore provokes the viewer to take a journey through Milton Keynes, to examine it from multiple perspectives and develop a critical dialogue about the complexities of site, culture, history and heritage.




Acknowledgments


The project has been developed by artist collective Tracing the Pathway in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre. This year's iteration of the project has been supported by funding from Arts Council England, MK Community Foundation, Pedalling Culture, Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Sharing Culture.

Common Ground expands upon Milton Keynes Arts Centre's community participation and artist development programmes by offering a twelve month season of five distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Working with artists Youngsook Choi and Kirsti Davies from RARA collective, Tracing the Pathway (Ashleigh Bowmott and Cara Davies) and Milo Mcloughlin-Greening, our projects see artists work directly with our communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops, professional and artistic development, salons and supper clubs targeting artists and practitioners based in Milton Keynes.
This work has been commissioned by Milton Keynes Arts Centre as part of their project Common Ground. Tracing the Pathway have received further support for this exhibition from Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Sharing Culture: MK, a collaborative events programme in celebration of our cultural heritage, new town stories and European connections. The exhibition design has been supported by Studio Chehade.

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