18-20 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, MK11 3HB info@artsgatewaymk.org.uk 01908 635 903


Trustee Recruitment
We are looking to further increase the size of our Board, to bring additional skills,
knowledge and connections and further innovation and fresh thinking to the team who
have helped it prosper so far. Trustees provide the oversight and governance for the
charity which includes a 70+ artists studio complex; part-time staff team; grants including
from MK Community Foundation, MK Council, Arts Council England.
We are particularly looking for people who can help AGMK with specific skills and
knowledge in:
• Programming or Producing in any artform
• Marketing and communications, including the use of digital media;
• IT
• Volunteer Management
We want the Board to have a wider representation of the diversity of our city. We are
particularly interested in hearing from people of colour and individuals from the LGBTQIA+
community as well as professionals in the early stages of their careers. You do not need
prior Trustee experience.The Board holds monthly meetings and Trustees take part in task-and-finish working
groups when specific issues arise that need more intensive consideration.
The formal Trustee role description is on our website.
How to Apply
Our recruitment process is transparent and straightforward. If you are interested, please
contact john.best@artsgatewaymk.org.uk for an informal discussion and to arrange a visit
to see round our premises in Burners Lane and meet some of our resident artists.
We will invite you to write a short statement of your interest in AGMK, your career, skills
and connections, and how you think you can contribute to our further success.
Our Recruitment Committee will shortlist and interview candidates. Candidates will then be
invited to join the board, or to take an observer role with a view to full trusteeship later

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MK Lit Fest 2021

MK Lit Fest is bringing a wealth of diverse voices to your screens this Spring as we continue our online events season. Listen to womens’ voices as the 100 Voices for 100 Years projects celebrates a century of female suffrage, learn about the importance of LGBT voices as Chris Bryant MP tells how a group of almost forgotten queer and nearly queer rebel MPs helped change the course of Word War II, and hear BAME voices in the writings of novelist and screenwriter Courttia Newland.

And we have masterclasses and workshops too: come along and improve your skills in short story, poetry and flash fiction writing, songwriting and marketing yourself as a writer. We’ll have a poetry workshop too – learn more at www.mklitfest.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay up to date! Read More

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Live At The Kiln presents… Ali In The Jungle

Arts Gateway MK is excited to introduce Live At The Kiln, a new series of livestream performances in collaboration with CARC. For our inaugural event, we have the incredibly talented Ali In The Jungle joining us to release their latest single ‘Fuel On The Fire’ at 8pm on Saturday 10th April.

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Flash Fiction, MK Lit Fest 2020

David Gaffney and Tania Hershman: Flash Fiction
Zoom online event, Wednesday 25 November 2020, 7.30pm, Free

To register for this event, please visit the MK LitFest website. Read More

Peter Laws, MK Lit Fest 2020

Greetings from Creepy Cove
Zoom online event, Friday 23 October 2020, 7.30pm, Free

To register for this event please visit the MK LitFest website.
This event is free to attend, but donations to our costs would be very welcome. Click here to donate online.

The Event

Peter Laws is an ordained Reverend with a taste for the macabre. He writes a monthly column in The Fortean Times magazine and is the creator of the acclaimed Matt Hunter crime-fiction series, published by Allison and Busby. The latest, Possessed (click to order from Waterstones), explores the world of murder and demonic possession.

He also wrote the non-fiction book The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore [ICON Books, 2018] where he travelled to Transylvania, Rome and across the UK explaining (and defending) the human morbid streak. He is the creator of the ground breaking Creepy Cove Community Church Podcast, a regular ‘church service’ complete with Gothic hymns, spooky sermons and eerie prayers: all broadcast from a mysterious haunted fishing town where every horror film actually happened. The podcast is a mixture of comedy, drama and non-judgemental spirituality, and has been described as ‘Songs of Praise meets Stephen King’. 

He lives in Bedfordshire. 

MinK2020 Anthology Launch, MK Lit Fest 2020

MinK2020: City of Dreams
Winners announced and anthology launch
Zoom online event, Friday 9 October 2020, 7pm, Free

Visit the MKLitFest website to register for this event. Read More

Two Poets, MK LitFest 2020

Sophia Blackwell and John McCullough: Two Contemporary Poets

Zoom online event, Wednesday 30 September 2020, 7.30pm, Free

Visit the MKLitFest website for further details on how to book. Read More

Footprints and Future Fossils, MK Lit Fest 2020

Reading, In Conversation & Q&A
Produced by Future Fossil in collaboration with MK Lit Fest

Andy Merritt, Future Fossil artist, and Professor David Farrier, author of Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils, talk to Fiona Boundy, Future Fossil Commissioner

Zoom Webinar, Tuesday 22 September 2020, 7.30 – 8.45pm, Free Read More

MK Lit Fest 2020 is back!

MK Lit Fest might not be able to bring you a face-to-face festival this year, but we are delighted to announce the first five of a series of online events.

For the remainder of 2020, we’ll be hosting a number of Zoom-based events to bring you writers, words, books and ideas while we’re unable to safely mingle face-to-face. Click through to individual events for further details, including information on how to book. Read More

More good news! Funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation

For the second time in less than a week we again can offer our sincerest thanks, this time to the Garfield Weston Foundation for a positive outcome on our latest funding application. This grant will help us to continue building our capacity to support the arts across Milton Keynes.

Established in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making trust which now gives away approximately £80 million a year to charities across the UK. Having established one of the most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees today remain highly active and hands-on. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business – a successful model that still endures today and as the businesses have grown so too have the charitable donations.

Each year the Foundation gives away its income and donations have continued to grow. Since it was established it has donated over £1 billion, of which over half has been given away in the past ten years alone. In the most recent financial year the Foundation gave away over £79 million to over 2,100 charities across the UK.

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