Chinwe Russell #The Doncaster Effect

Chinwe Russell a Doncaster based artist and painter who started Doncaster Art Fair in 2018 and has since gone on to support 100s of local artist and creatives as well as starting much needed artist studios in the town’s historic Corn Exchange

“The picture was taken at the launch of the artists in residence at the Doncaster Corn exchange. It was a time of optimism, the beginning of a journey. A time of renewed hope in what is possible and how it can be achieved. A time of coming together, united in one dream. The lockdown has been a hugely productive time, a time of reflection, a breathing space to plan for a new future. A time to spend with family in a new way, with no pressure.The future is very optimistic, whenever that might be, new adventures, new projects, new beginnings”

Artist Chinwe Russell at the Corn Exchange in Doncaster
Chinwe Russell at Doncaster Corn Exchange in 2019.

About The Doncaster Effect 

Over 2019 Doncopolitan Founder Warren Draper was commissioned by Doncaster Council to create a photography archive of Doncaster’s residents. The aim of this project was to produce an important record of individuals that are redefining life in the town. This archive is an important record of 50 local people and their lives in Doncaster right now.

Our plan was to exhibit this archive in September 2020 to bring together all the participants in a mammoth gathering of Doncaster trail blazers. Sadly, due to Covid-19, the project has had to be re-invented. We’ll be archiving the project online for 2020, but we hope we can exhibit the project somewhere in 2021.

The title “The Doncaster Effect came about via the Guardian Journalist John Harris, who wrote in the acclaimed publication the Idler MagazineIf you want to understand modern Britain today, Doncaster is a pretty good place to start”.

We’d like to thank Doncaster Council and Arts Council England for funding this project and for all the participants for giving up their time to take part.


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