Welcome to Future Fossil – a new public artwork by artists Something and Son for Oxley Park, Milton Keynes.

Inspired by ideas such as archeology, the passing of time, our relationship to the natural world, home and future ways of living; Future Fossil will feature a life-size negative cast, taken from a section of a typical Oxley Park house, creating a new public space for Oxley Park, where community activities and cultural programmes can be enjoyed.

Walk & Talk: Seed Collection

Sunday 13th September, 12 – 2pm
Outside Oxley Park Community Centre, MK4 4TA

As part of Heritage Open Days, join us for a guided walk exploring the flora and fauna of Oxley Park, collecting seeds which will be used to help populate the Future Fossil artwork, so that it becomes a haven for wildlife. Future Fossil artist Andy Merritt and members of the Future Fossil team will be on hand to talk about the artwork.

Please bring water and a picnic and dress for the weather. If the weather forecast is very bad, we will reschedule so check your email before you come.

Covid: 19 Guidelines

  • Children and household groups welcome.
  • Please book your place in advance – places are limited in line with current government guidelines – if things change, we will inform you via email.
  • Please maintain social distance with anyone outside of your family group and bring hand sanitizer.
  • If you feel unwell, or anyone in your household has symptoms, we ask that you please do not attend and follow the government advice to self-isolate.

Please note some of the walk may involve going off pathways. We would be grateful if you can let us know in advance if you have limited mobility or are a wheelchair user. Please email Ursula or Moriam

This event is free. Book tickets via Eventbrite

Future Fossil – Imagine the Space

Friday 18th September, 11am – 12.30pm
Zoom Webinar

Join us for a Zoom webinar presentation from Andy Merritt (Something & Son) followed by small group discussions inviting contributions and exploring collaborative opportunities for seasonal events and activities as part of the Future Fossil programme. Open to individuals, arts, heritage & community organisations.

This event is free. Please book your place here
a zoom link will be sent to you with your confirmation.

In collaboration with Community Action MK

Footprints – In Search of Future Fossils
Professor David Farrier and Andy Merritt (Something and Son)

Reading, In conversation and Q&A with Fiona Boundy (MK Council Future Fossil Commissioner)
Tuesday 22nd September, 7.30pm
Zoom Webinar

‘What will the world look like ten thousand or ten million years from now?’

In Footprints, David Farrier explores the traces we will leave for the very deep future. From long-lived materials like plastic and nuclear waste, to the 50 million kilometres of roads spanning the planet, in modern times we have created numerous objects and landscapes with the potential to endure through deep time.Through literature, art, and science, Footprints invites us to think about how we will be remembered in the myths, stories, and languages of our distant descendants.

Fiona Boundy, public art specialist, talks to Andy and David exploring the connections between the book Footprints and the ideas behind the forthcoming public artwork Future Fossil.

Questions can be submitted in advance please email us
This event is free. Book tickets via Eventbrite

In collaboration with MK Lit Fest – a fabulous festival of books, words, writers and ideas

Read Footprints – In Search of Future Fossils by David Farrier
On sale from bookshops and online

Take Part Now, The Future Fossil Art Packs

To provide inspiration for how Future Fossil could be used, we will be sharing free activities for children, young people and families throughout the summer. Each activity explores the themes and ideas behind the artwork: Home, Resources, Ecology, Time has a recommended age and a list of basic equipment.

The Art Pack 1 is free and ready to download here

Oxley Park Digital Community Gallery

Share your creations by posting on your chosen social media channels or sending us an email.
Don’t forget to tag us! @futurefossil2020

Interested in finding out more?

Why not join the email list info@futurefossil.online and connect with us on social media