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Stephen Gregory In Conversation With Harriet Pearson

Stephen Gregory In Conversation With Harriet Pearson
Thursday 5 April / 7.30pm / Free, booking required
Join us in conversation with Stephen Gregory, Artist in Residence in Milton Keynes 1977 and Harriet Pearson, Fine Art Conservator.
Arts for Health Milton Keynes was granted funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for a new project Look Around You. The aim of the project is to care for, interpret and celebrate the art collection in Milton Keynes University Hospital, which is the largest public collection in the new town.
A team of volunteers researched the collection and its links to the story of Milton Keynes.
As one of the original artists in residence commissioned by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, Stephen Gregory’s work is hugely poignant in the history of Milton Keynes. Fast Lines was made when Milton Keynes Central Station was being developed. The painting was on display at the official opening of the station in 1982. It was later acquired by the Milton Keynes Hospital where it has been on display as a valued part of the art collection for over 30 years.
As part of the Look Around You project we were able to send this work, as well as others from the hospital collection for conservation and cleaning, so that they can continue to be enjoyed by hospital patients, visitors and staff.
During the conservation process Harriet noticed some interesting elements in Stephen’s work regarding his painting technique, as well as unearthing a hidden painting on the underside of Fast Lines.  
Following the conservation process we finally, after many months of trying, managed to make contact with Stephen Gregory, who now lives on the Isle of Skye where he continues to practice as an artist. He was unaware of how valued his work is both by staff and patients in the hospital, as well as within Milton Keynes’ wider cultural heritage, so we were thrilled to be able to invite him back to MK to discuss his work with Harriet.
As part of the evening we will be sharing stories of other treasures from within the Art Collection, including a work by Aubrey Williams donated by Lord Jock Campbell, who was chairman of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation from 1967 to 1983.