Milton Keynes has played a seminal role in the development of UK skateboarding culture. During the late 1980s and early '90s it was the skateboarding capital of the UK and is still the lead city for street skating. In 2004 it developed and opened Europe’s first skate plaza, The Buszy. It is an important story which remains unrecorded and largely unknown outside of the skate community. The design and architecture of the city is integral to the story, as such it is a perfect example of how new towns build their own cultures, communities and histories.
Working with the community of skateboarders, both veterans and newbies, this project seeks to capture and tell this story through sharing memories, oral history, film and photography and through the exploration and archiving of personal collections. At the centre of the project is a five-week exhibition here at centre:mk.
The exhibition will narrate the chronology of the development of skateboarding in MK from the late 1970s through to the present; highlighting key moments, ground-breaking skateboarders, and the creative culture associated with skateboarding in the city: street arts, photography and film.
It will run from 27 Sept to 22 December in Sunset Walk.
The shop unit has been kindly loaned by centre:mk who are also sponsoring the exhibition programme.