City Club Presentation with Gareth Jones

, 2015

City Club Presentation, with Gareth Jones. MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK. 2015

City Club was the name given in the 1970s to a mind-boggling leisure complex designed to occupy a whole block of Central Milton Keynes. Among its many wonders were a wave pool, a rodeo and a souk, as well as the theatre and art gallery. We’ve looked back at this un-built scheme, borrowed the name and visualised a space for numerous activities. City Club re-imagined for the 21st century is like a cover version of a classic song, updated with a new sound.

Milton Keynes is world-famous for its architecture and town planning. Less well known is the history of social development in the city, which often took the form of art projects. These activities created some much-loved landmarks including Liz Leyh’s Concrete Cows and Bill Billings’ Triceratops. They also brought the pioneer residents of the new city together, to build communities through art.

During 2014-2015 – artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman started a programme of research that culminated in a public presentation and exhibition at MK Gallery.

They then went on to develop City Club further into a series of designs and proposals for MK Gallery which will be realised in 2019.

During 2017 - 18, MK Gallery is bringing together artists and arts organisations from across Milton Keynes to celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary. This will take the form of specially commissioned installations and events that reflect the city’s unique environment and its dynamic population across six decades.

MK Gallery is undergoing a major expansion. Once work is completed, City Club will also be a permanent physical space created by City Club lead artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman. For now, it’s a pop-up space in different parts of the city; a virtual space through its own website; and an imaginative space for the people of Milton Keynes, a spur to individual creativity.