All Eyes On Culture

Words: Rachel Horne

Photography: Various Businesses

“Artists Thrive Together. They manifest ideas, share, advocate and grow culture. So if you want to know where culture is in Doncaster, find an artist, musician, writer, poet, dancer or activist. Support their projects, dance at their gigs, learn the words to their songs and sing it back to them when they are on stage. Doing any of these things will literally change the lives of the artists or creator and, in that moment where you are celebrating their art, you are in fact making culture happen.”

from Art In Action, issue 30

Doncopolitan Crawl is an alternative evening event taking place on Tuesday 23rd July from 5pm onwards. In partnership with DMBC, Cast, Frenchgate, The Point, local businesses and now Arts Council England, it is a free night out for Doncastrians aimed at celebrating some of the many creatives we’ve featured in the pages of the mag. One thing we’ve learnt over the years is that it can be really difficult for artists to develop and fund what they do. Arts Council England is helping us to commission artists to develop their amazing ideas and share them at Doncopolitan Crawl.

Here’s a taste of what’s happening:

Doncopolitan Pop-Up Shop
the Frenchgate Centre

Based in the former Garage Shoes unit near Debenhams you’ll be able to purchase prints, cards and original artworks from artists that have graced the pages of the magazine.

Art at the Deli & Mamma Wheatley’s Yarn Bomb @Scicluna’s

Doncaster’s favourite deli Scicluna’s is hosting an exhibition of artwork by Penny Cawley and outside there will be a huge yarn bomb featuring hand knitted and crocheted items from Mamma Wheatley’s and music from Laura Kelly.

“New Beginnings” at C-View

At Doncaster’s former Art College there will be a mixed media visual art show featuring the work of BA Fine Art and Craft students and lecturers from Doncaster College. Resident artists studios will also be open.

“On Earth To Make the Numbers Up” Photography Exhibition
Doncopolitan Studios

Based on the name of the book by Doncaster writer Evelyn Haythorne, first published in 1987 (although currently out of print) the exhibit charts Evelyn’s life growing up in Doncaster in the 1940s and 50s. This exhibition will feature contemporary photography from Broth Tarn, a Barnsley based 35mm photographer, and the nationally acclaimed photographer Jim Mortram who has featured on the front of British Photo Journal for his work that documents the lives of people living on the front line of austerity.

Broxholme Lane Block Party

Many residents love the splash of street art and colour that has started to appear in the town centre. You’ll be excited to hear that SPZero76 will be painting again on Broxholme Lane as part of our Block Party with other phenomenal creative pioneers such as FiveFive, and Breaking Beats.

Cara McHugh
The Jam Horse, Scot Lane

Cara McHugh is an emerging visual artist and illustrator who will be showing her comical horse themed illustration for the first time at the Jam Horse. Madame Zucchini will be on site providing child friendly activities.   

Katy Carr & Helen C. Stark
Dreambakes, Priory Walk

Katy Carr featured in issue 6 of Doncopolitan – she’s a London-based folk musician and singer songwriter keen to collaborate and perform in Doncaster due to our strong Eastern European community and her dual Polish/English heritage. Katy’s previous albums have explored themes such as the Polish Partisansduring the Second World War and songs such as Mala have had over 398,870 views on Youtube. She’s even been described as the ‘Polish Bjork’. Helen C. Stark is an extremely talented illustrator who specialises in brush calligraphy and will be running a drop-in workshop on the night while the fabulous Pinch and Pull will be outside serving some delicious nosh.


“Silent Style” – Fret by Fret

Make-up artist Rebecca Gathercole has designed a make-up look inspired by the art and drawings of Imogen Carline who we have featured in past issues of Doncopolitan. Instagram influencer and model Lindsay Marie McGlone, along with photographer Shane Peagram are collaborating with Rebecca to create a photographic series on display at Fret by Fret on Priory Walk. Imogen will also be showcasing work on the night with live blues music from her dad Frank Carline and Al and The Geriatrics.

“The Geranium Project”
13 Scott Lane

Visual artist Ian Latham will be showcasing his Arts Council England supported mixed media installation. Recent MA student graduates Andrea Berry, Lisa Goodwin and Amie Frost will be showing work alongside.

Wonky Planet Take Over featuring Fluid/ity at Cast

Wonky Planet and Doncopolitan have been working together for the last 4 years developing a space for exploratory music and performance art to develop.. If you are making edgy, experimental work in Doncaster Wonky Planet is the place to collaborate and share what you do.

Nightlife Museum

We’re collaborating with Doncaster Museum to bring elements of club culture into the Museum. From 8pm onwards you’ll be able to grab a drink from our pop-up bar, listen to house music from our friends at Vision and see a special performance from Cast Associate Artist Ryan Harsten also known as Urban Concept and Melt Trip.

Alongside this incredible array of creative talent we have a wonderful production team helping and supporting the event. This includes Gemma White, Claire Boswell, Jo McQuade (DMBC), Danny McMillan, Joe Powell, Vicky Prior, Beth Prior (Doncopolitan) and Rosie Clark at Cast.

New Beginnings @ C-View

Start afresh with New Beginnings at C-View.

Words: Vicky Prior

Welcome to the fifth part of our blog series on Doncopolitan Crawl, taking part on Tuesday 23rd of July 5 till 9m. This time round we are exploring New Beginnings exhibition at CView.

Doncaster’s beautiful former Art College, Church View, resides in a building behind the Minster. It was first built in 1913. Having fallen into disrepair it was then taken over by the Doncaster Community Trust who began repairs in 2009. Rebranded CView, it is now a thriving hub for creative businesses and regularly hosts art exhibitions.

As part of the Doncopolitan Crawl, although it opens today this Saturday, there’s a new exhibition showcasing the worm of local degree students. I spoke to Kim Farr, one of the artists on display and an organiser of the exhibition.

Kim told me ‘We are a collaboration of eight artists whose work varies from abstract, portraiture, textiles, ceramics and sculpture. 6 amongst us are just about to start our third year of our Fine Art and Crafts Degree at Doncaster College and feel that the time is perfect for showcasing Doncaster’s existing and emerging artists. The Doncaster Crawl is a perfect opportunity to do this as since starting our degree doncopolitan has features quite heavily in discussion and around College. We want to be a presence in the Doncaster art and culture regeneration.’

Well, Doncopolitan welcomes any and all to get involved with that regeneration, so please come along on the 23rd for what promises to be a wonderful evening of culture.

Doncopolitan pops up in Frenchgate

Words: Vicky Prior

Images: Unbloq, Lucina Hall and Al Heighton

From the 23rd of July Doncopolitan will be taking over the former Garage Shoes unit near Debenhams and transforming it into a pop-up shop. See Doncopolitan magazine come to life with original artworks, prints and cards available to buy from your favourite artists. New work will be on display from Al Heighton, Luciana Hall, Callum Fox, Imogen Carline, and more.

I spoke to Lucina Hall and Al Heighton to find out what inspired them and why they were keen to get involved in this year’s Doncopolitan Crawl. Here’s what they had to say:

Lucina Hall

I’ve literally always been a doodler, I’ve never seen myself as a particularly good drawer but I draw things that are interesting to look at. I like characterisation in art and usually draw things with a narrative or character.

Lucina’s iconic eyeball

I like Doncaster’s efforts to showcase local talent whether it be a pub supporting small local bands or for example, the Doncopolitan giving creatives a platform to share work or words. I think the Crawl is a really interesting project that has brought a lot of artists that I knew never really showcased their work, an opportunity to do so – me included.

Al Heighton 

I’m inspired by lots of things, fashion, books, magazines, tweets, overheard conversations etc and of course topics that involve Doncaster. When I first saw Doncopolitan I just wanted to be involved and contribute to that publication which for my money Doncaster needs.

The Crawl just felt something natural to contribute to off the back of the magazine. If you visit Doncaster and want to tap into ‘cool’ then Doncopolitan is a good start…

The Doncopolitan takeover runs from 23rd till 25th July. The Doncopolitan Crawl is on from 5pm on the 23rd July.