We wanted to bring to the surface some of the amazing designers, makers and innovators that we believe are changing the way people see Doncaster.
Our cover artwork was taken by our co-editor and photographer Warren Draper, it featuring images of binki swimwer design Jade Clark and taken in her studio in Carcoft. We are proud to say Jade is single handedly bringing the “rag trade” back to Doncaster.
Warren Draper discussed DoCaster which talks about the importance of creativity in our everyday lives and how this is the key to Doncaster’s ecomonic recovery.
Shelia North of SineFMs Book It visits Mandy Keaton at Art Fuel to discuss her 5 year journey to secure affordable studio spaces in Doncaster.We interview Naomi Horan about her jellery brand Odds and Sorts, which is sold all over the world from Naomi craft room in Town Moor
Rob Allen of SineFMs Sons of Sam Radio Show interviews the legendary Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order. And our favourite Thorne based boyo Peter Sullivan discussion Something to Smile about festival and how with the support of his partner Becky is creating one of the UKs best grass roots music festivals at Hatefield Water Park.
We hope this issue of Doncopolitan inspires you to see how art, design and culture is shaping Doncaster for the better.
Doncopolitan is a print publication and studio based on Copley Road in Doncaster founded by creatives Rachel Horne annd Warren Draper. Doncopolitan is published by Horne & Draper LTD a creative studio and agency aimed at proving that there is no such thing as a “cultural desert”. Their work explores society, politics, environment, fashion, street art and sub cultures through print publications, art, design and events.
Doncaster town centre is set to turn into a hive of creative activity this June (19 – 21) when the Right Up Our Street team take over.
The second DNweekeND will be a cram packed with cultural events and activities with surprises around every corner.
From the Frenchgate Centre to the Waterdale Centre and Nigel Gresley Square, Market Place to the Mansion House and many places in between Doncaster town centre will be buzzing with creative activity.
Taking place from June 19 to 21 this festival of arts will take over public spaces, arts venues, shop units and shopping centres – indoors and outdoors – for one weekend only.
Andrew Loretto, creative producer for Right Up Our Street, said: “In 2014 more than 8,000 people from across the borough joined in with DNweekeND and this year we have some of Doncaster’s best local artists and groups plus national and international acts bringing their work to our town.
“This cultural explosion will light up the streets, inside and outside, for three days showcasing an eclectic mix of music, theatre, dance, installations, art, poetry, circus and spectacle.
“Empty and unused shop units will be transformed into quirky spaces and this year we are working with existing Doncaster businesses to bring something extra special to the weekend – from cosy one-person performances in a cafe to yarn-bombing market stalls and dancing in pubs!”
Historic Doncaster spaces will also be transformed into performance venues, the Mansion House will be opening its doors to performances of new writing from playwright Richard Hurford who has been working with local writers to create responses to the town centre and the Marketplace will be host to No Fit State who will be kicking off their international tour right here in Doncaster with their quirky and vibrant street circus show Open House.
The Doncaster Big Sing will bring together singers from across the borough to preview a brand new composition inspired by the history and future of Doncaster.
“In total more than fifty acts will be transforming the town with everything from intimate one-to-one performances to large scale theatrical performances, from walkabout interactive street performance, to chilled-out hammocks by the world music stage, the DNweekeND promises a weekend to remember here in our home town.
“We do hope that people from across our town will come along and take part in this fantastic free event for all the family and show just how creative Doncaster can be,” added Andrew.
To find out more visit www.rightupourstreet.org.uk
So, it’s taken 3 years to get it off the ground but we’ve done it! The Doncopolitan Magazine launched at the DNWeekeND.
Here’s two little whipper-snappers checking out local music promoter Simon Sayner’s article on Doncaster’s Bang Bang Romeo.