Artists and curators from across the east and south east regions of England, were invited to attend Collaborative Acts, a space to hear more about opportunities to work together with others and how groups of artists are doing this already - either as informal networks or as collectives.

MK Gallery provided an informative, informal environment to meet other artists, hear about diverse ways of working and seeing the outcomes of collaborative practice.

Speakers include: Gareth Bell-Jones, Artists and Programmes Curator at Wysing Arts Centre, who introduced the Escalator Visual Arts Programme with previous Escalator artist and forthcoming residency artist, Florian Roithmayr, before contributions from Emma Jayne Taylor from Artworks MK and Carousel art collective.

Scratch Night 6-8pm. Artists Jamie George and Fiona James, who each participated in the most recent Escalator retreat Space of Attention will introduce an evening of overlapping and interrelated video and sound with contributions from their fellow retreat participants Jenny Chamarette, Annie Davey, Natasha Hoare, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Stephanie Misa, David Morris, Rosalie Schweiker and Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll.

Tickets are free and event attendees will be provided with dinner (5.30pm and 6.30pm, with a pay-bar) and are invited to stay for a special MK Gallery Scratch Night from 6.30pm, programmed by artists from the most recent retreat at Wysing Arts Centre.

Collaborative Acts is part of a programme of events hosted by Contemporary Visual Arts Network East and South East (CVAN) to generate collaboration across the wide range of artists groups, networks and projects active in their regions. Collaborative Acts is funded by the Arts Council, England Knowledge Sharing Project.

Read an article about the event on frameandreference.com