Saturday night marked the end of Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s fundraising event which I was luckily enough to be invited to. Dylan has attended a couple of the workshops at the art centre and the fundraiser was a fantastic way of supporting these wonderful classes amongst other events held by the centre.
Up for auction was a collection of ceramic plates reinterpreted by 43 prominent contemporary artists and designers including Jake and Dino Chapman whose plate was in keeping with the satirical style they are famed for, Dan Williams with his Alan Turing portrait and Hannah Brown who has a forth coming exhibition at the centre this April. Each of the plates were surprisingly unique and the more abstract of them left a lot for interpretation and discussion.
The computer based auction had been running for two weeks prior the closing party, and it was hugely successful with the centre’s £5000 target being met before the night had even begun. Also being asked to photograph the evening was local photography student Maddison O’Rielly who along with fellow student Holly Clavey shot the images for the auction site. The girls along with the other volunteers were very friendly and happy to talk to you which really added to the buzzing atmosphere; the centre supplied drinks in the form of a make shift cocktail bar and had asked Janet’s woodfired Pizza to supply the most delicious pizzas which went down really well with everyone.
The night was a pleasant change of scene for me and I really enjoyed meeting all the volunteers and guests of the centre and as always I highly recommend visiting, even if it is just to grab a hot drink after you walk along the canal.