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Doncaster Creates - ‘a dynamic arts programme beginning in 2020, will reveal and nurture the creativity that Doncaster has and hosts – developing ideas for the future, talent, skills, new audiences and participants. People from all backgrounds will experience world-class arts that they will remember and act upon: people re-imagining - regeneration through great art’

Mike Stubbs (Creative director) 
Juliet Farrar (Executive director)

Full Circle

Yu-Chen Wang Full Circle 2022 from Yu-Chen Wang on Vimeo.

Exhibition: 5th February - 9th April 2022

Workshop 26th March 2022

Video Installation

Danum Gallery, Library and Museum (DGLAM)

Newly commissioned artwork Full Circle by Yu-Chen Wang explored Doncaster’s industrial heritage, where nature and technology collide. This Created an immersive cinematic video installation, Yu-Chen Wang took railwayana as a starting point for exploring Doncaster’s relationship to coal. With the support of local historians, geologists and environmentalists, this collaborative inquiry into regeneration and rewilding looks at the landscape surrounding South Yorkshire in the context of two major crises we are facing: inequality and environment. This poetic work dwellt on our relationship to place, peat bogs, water, coal are dominant features within the local landscape formed through the layering of time and compression of matter. Pitheads, slag heaps, mining subsidence and flooding, the edgelands are still full of post-industrial scars and traces. All of which were revealed through evocative moving images and a soundscape, which portray and reflect on these problems within a global condition to re-imagine new routes into the future. 


As part of the activities around the exhibition, a symposium occurred with enlightened debates around our current post-industrial landscapes. Participants discussed the value of South Yorkshire’s best natural assets and the ensuing environmental challenges, inspired by and in response to this artwork. Presentations by passionate environmentalists, industrial historians, exposed the industrial past and theoretically excavated the natural environment. The important question was raised as to how nature and environment will be a significant part of Doncaster’s future?
This is a moment to think about how art and environmental science move closer together in Doncaster through the launch of artists’ residencies, Re-wilding the System & Symbiosis the Art of Living with Water, leading to an arts and ecology lab.

Yu-Chen Wang says:

“My work is largely informed by the history of places, collective memories, individuals’ stories, and the relationships I have established with these places and people. Various methods, including undertaking artist in residencies, conducting field research, developing collaborations and site-responsive projects across the UK and internationally have served as important processes for connecting places and people, whilst exploring and reconfiguring my own evolving cultural identity.”

Yu-Chen Wang is a Taiwanese-British artist who lives and works in London. Her work asks fundamental questions about human identity at a key point in history, where eco-systems and techno-systems have become inextricably intertwined. At the same time, her Taiwanese origins, combined with a London-based career, have created a vision that is personal and autobiographical. She has exhibited internationally, including at Science Gallery London, Manchester Art Gallery, FACT(Liverpool), CCCB(Barcelona) and Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and recently received the Honorary Mention Collide International Award, CERN(Geneva).

Further info

Sound design: Kristian Craig Robinson aka Capitol K

Cinematography: James Lockey, Tyrone Braithwaite

Technical installation: Andrew Quinn

Equipment: ArtAV

Research support: Dave Rogerson, Chris Barron and Simon Ward of Doncaster Grammar School Rail Collection; Bob Gwynne and Thomas Spain of National Railway Museum, York;

Warren Draper of Bentley Urban Farm/Doncopolitan; Sasha Gray; Simon Pickles of North & East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre; Michael Oliver of The Lindholme Old Moor Management Group; Paulette Benjamin of Gomde UK Buddhist Centre; Nicola Fox of Doncaster Museum

Curated by Mike Stubbs, specially commissioned by Doncaster Creates for DGLAM

With financial support from Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT)

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August 5th – August 9th

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ArtBomb Festival - multiple venues - August 2021.

ArtBomb: an open platform arts festival, spreading across public space and spilling onto the street. This three day event was engineered through the collaborative efforts of Doncaster Creates, The New Fringe, True Tone and our partner organisation Doncaster Unitarian Church. Situated around Doncaster’s hidden architectural and cultural jewel, the Unitarian Church on Hallgate, the festival aims to spark discussion, challenge ideas and foster a new sense of curiosity. As we collectively step from our homes and back outside, we bring art into the urban realm through experimental performance, installations, music, film screenings, workshops and everything in between. With a focus on a new generation of diverse creative practitioners, ArtBomb also fosters the growth of emerging creative producers and students by providing live mentorship and talent development through live production, festival management and public engagement. ArtBomb is funded by The Arts Council North and DCLT, and in partnership with The Point, Right Up Our Street, Art of Protest Projects, Doncaster College, D31 Gallery, Doncopolitan, CAST and Pride.


Opening on August 5th and running through September 29th next to the Unitarian Church, Birdsong features newly commissioned works by 14 local artists. The title of this exhibition highlights what we heard during lockdown: the absence of the usual hustle bustle sounds emitting from humans, with the replacement of birdsong. The works explore the impact of Covid 19 as the artists capture our condition through different artistic approaches. Artists featured in this exhibition include Sarah Villeneau, Mandy Keating, James Lockey, Ian Byatt, Sacha Gray, Vicky Morris, Raj Madaan, Angela Robson, Amelia Londsdale, Les Monaghan, Natasha Clarke, Sarah Smizz and Warren Draper.

Art forum

Aptly titled Public Art to Street Art, this one day forum features presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions which take place on Friday the 6th of August at the Unitarian Church. An event for artists, curators, urbanists and writers to challenge how we think of art in the public realm. We will hear from renowned public art curators including Tamsin Dillon and Laurie Peake with other speakers to include street artists Yola, STATIC, Natasha Clark as well as sculptors Sophie Ernst and Lewis Morgan. We will hear from artist/architects Matthew Rosier, whose public art installation is featured outside of Tate as well as Studio Polpo, who currently represents the UK at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Additionally the forum features talks with eco-artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey. Together these celebrated individuals will discuss creative connections, social agency, effective responses and the relevance of contemporary urban interventions to form a critical understanding of people and place. As ‘high street collapse’ provides new opportunities for reimagining urban space, how do new forms interface with public art policy and the work of regenerative arts programs?

Interwoven into the forum is the Parallel State in collaboration with Olivia Jones and Doncapolitan, who have invited a number of people to respond to the following provocation: What Does a Northern Town Look Like in the Parallel State and what happens in it’s public spaces? All citizens in the Parallel State are equal and not bound by geographical restraints and prejudices. Without a north:south binary, how will Doncaster’s past inform this reimagined version of itself? If Doncaster were self governed, what would it look like? How would it interact with other urban and rural communities? What would its public spaces look like? Expect speakers, performances, thoughts from young people, a backroom polling station and a temporary tattoo parlour. Speakers will include drag performance artist Bipolar Abdul, Clare Devaney who is Strategic Lead for Place & Culture in the North, award winning Doncaster artist Sarah Smizz and Olivia Jones, who represents Parallel State and serves as the creative director of Doncopolitan.

Performance and music

New promenading performance work and experiments presented around Hallgate by Gillian Dyson, Warren Draper, Sacha Grey, Filippos Tsitsopoulos and ‘Jackhno’ of Buffland Beat Collective. Additionally featured is Garden Sessions, an independent live music event produced by singer-songwriter August Charles. In a time where live music was put on hold, Charles saw an opportunity to spotlight musicians digitally by producing a series of youtube videos featuring performances in Doncaster’s Walkers Nurseries gardens. As lockdown lifts, Charles collaborates with Olivia Jones and Jez Matthews to produce a live event on Saturday, August 7th at The Leopard. Protesting the status quo, the event will have a variety of artists immersed and performing within the crowd, producing a culture clash of music and exploring sound in different formats. Musical guests will include Paul Parlyb Brown, Tim Cook, Simmeon Naphtali, Jordon The Ego, GSD.

Film screenings

Artbomb featured film screenings and discussions followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers which investigate questions surrounding cultural identity, perceptions of race, colonialism, the climate emergency, gender and sexual identity. With films created by Fluidity and Bi-Polar Abdul, Chooc Ly Tan, Angela Robson and Lorna Collins and Wayne Sables and a special film screening by Eelyn Lee of her new film Casting Fu-Manchu. Film installations also featured include those by Ryan Harstone, Raiche Kotaiche, Filipos T and Aaron Willliams.

Workshops and other public interaction

A series of creative workshops took part duing the day, where particpants explored creative ways to create art games, experiential work and participatory explorations.

The workshop programme has continued through-out the time of the project, with a number of activites for particpants to undertake in the space. 


Curated by Art of Protest Projects and The Point. As the Point is currently closed, the exhibition has been digitised for online exploration. Take a tour around the gallery through images and videos to find out more about the creation of street art in Doncaster and the muralists who brought their art indoors. This exhibition features original artworks by internationally acclaimed artists STATIC, Paul Luke and Natasha Clarke, who have all created large-scale installations around Doncaster. Their aim is to make art more accessible and engaging for a wider audience.
Colours is the first of a developing program of interactive and engaging art activity to be held in Doncaster’s Market Place, opening on August 6th. The iconic Corn Exchange building will host nine artists selected by young organisers of Colours, GSD. Visitors will find digital animation, videography, mixed media, photography and illustration which will fill the mezzanine, re-vitalising the Corn Exchange to become a place where experimental art can be enjoyed. The artists will respond to this through the creation of interactive individual environments that visitors can wander through. Birdsong artist activations will take place every Saturday during August and September and will feature various workshops by Sarah Villneau, Raj Madaan, Sacha Grey, Warren Draper and Mandy Keating. 


The World Through New Eyes

Doncaster Remix is an ambitious & playful programme of arts events and commissions that takes the town as site & surface for new work. Using an open curatorial method, it creates an opportunity for people to propose & make new work. We want Doncaster in the public gaze, locally, nationally and internationally, we want to question how public art is viewed in Doncaster & beyond, to explore the ‘grit & grandeur’ of the town. We want to achieve an impactful project that enables people to feel agency and to present new viewpoints of Doncaster from diverse often  unheard perspectives and new ways of experiencing the town as we consider a new green deal and life after lockdown.

  • TRAFFORD WAY: major mural by Nomad Clan
  • BAXTER PARK: urban art & growing refurbishment of Queen’s Road play area
  • SYMPOSIUM: ‘What is Public Art & When is Art Public? (local to national reach)
  • EXHIBITION at DARTS: Nomad Clan’s work & talent development
  • COMMUNITY WORKER TRAINING: murals, urban art & creative growing
  • MATTHEW ROSIER COMMISSION: exploring challenges of heritage & place



This is a mini feature on the Birdsong Projects as they develop, starting with some that have already begun which respond immediately to our original provocation, ‘Birdsong on the Planet of the Apes’, written in a period of early Covid19 uncertainty, and now as we adjust to ‘distancing’, we tentatively learn new customs, reassess our values along with the practical expressions of what is permissible and safe such as elbow bumps. Beyond these new social codes and customs, how are we feeling our way back into a sense of community?  How are we adjusting and coping with the cracks exposed when change occurs on a radical level ? How will the artists produce relevant new work ?

The artists featured here explore and enact how life is now, helping us on a journey to learn who we are now and what parts of our life we might be happier to leave behind. In asking deeper questions that have been highlighted by Covid19, they capture our condition through different artistic approaches and offering alternatives to how we function through adverse times.

Mikes Stubbs  (Creative Director)

Birdsong on The Planet of the Apes exhibition will appear in waves from June the 21st onwards culminating during the ArtBomb long weekend August 5-9th  (The curator of this show,  Sacha Gray,  gives context for the exhbition on our blog)

Natasha Clarke


Natasha Clarke is a Doncastrian Street artist and currently researching the site for her Birdsong Commission painting.

Together we rise.
I never thought I would get to paint for my hometown, Doncaster. I feel honoured to be contributing to the community.
Thank you everyone who helped with the project and the lovely feedback I’ve received over the past four days

Warren Draper
Unbound Arts 

Warren Draper is an artist whose practice has central social and environmental concerns. He writes of his Birdsong commission.

As an industry, the arts have been decimated by the Covid-19 crisis. Many of us are self-employed creatives who could not work and unable to practice that which is both our passion and our livelihood. 

Sarah Smith (Smizz)
Networks of Care  

Sarah Smith is an illustrative-mapper, qualified radiotherapist and is undertaking a practice-led PhD. views. She is better known as Smizz and writes of her approach to the commission.

Doncaster Free Press in an article on Smizz gives an update on her project:

‘Sarah Smizz decided to make holographic stickers with a powerful message whilst at the same time raising money for a food bank based at Bullcroft Memorial Hall in Carcroft.’

Sarah Villeneau

The Ground Beneath Our Feet - work with Asylum Seekers during lockdown 2020 - 2021

Working remotely with several asylum seeker families and individuals over the second lockdown, I delivered packs of clay and tools to their homes, with many a long chat on their doorsteps. They were given written and illustrated tips on how to work with clay, a couple of making videos to watch and we had a whatsapp group for any questions. Zoom sessions weren't possible as they did not all have internet access. I look back in astonishment now at how anxious I was about how they would respond. I really needn't have worried. They embraced the project with such enthusiasm that it became a much longer project than I had envisaged, and some are still making, six months down the line. Several are keen to learn more and one woman would like to become a potter - she's now been granted asylum, so I hope that, once she's settled in her new home she will be able to attend classes. None of them had ever worked with clay or done anything that they classed as art. And despite English not being their first language, the feedback they gave was so articulate and thoughtful. "We were thinking through our hands." "We learnt through our mistakes - we made over and over again and realised that 'Si tu veux, tu peux'" "It takes away stress - it makes you think of positive things - you think about what you're going to make and how, instead of thinking about the things you cannot change." "I'm having so many ideas - anything I see now, I think, how can I use the clay to make this?"

The 'stones' were made by me using a variety of different clays - some locally dug, some groggy, some not. They were squeezed in the hand by the participants to leave the imprint of their touch. They are a symbol, amongst other things, of the beauty in diversity. The project will be exhibited in Doncaster later in the year. Watch this space!

With thanks to Doncaster Creates 

Amelia Lonsdale

Residents of Bentley often say, “you could build a wall around it and you would have everything you need”. It’s high-street is filled with local eateries and shops, salons, a post office, chemists, multiple schools and churches

It does not seek to come to any significant social or politically motivated conclusions but, is simply a reflection of my interests in suburban landscaping and a way of integrating and communicating with my new space. Created during the Covid-19 pandemic, the project is a visual diary of my world. The small thoughts, simple pleasures and observations that now make-up the foundations of my day that have become increasingly significant to me during the COVID pandemic and lockdown.

Les Monaghan

The texts are being created by asking those in Doncaster who are rarely asked, and never heard, ‘where do we go from here?’ Those who are rarely asked for their views are young people, the disenfranchised, those living on the margins, those right now who are too busy keeping things together at home or at work. I have worked with some of the participants before in other creative projects that have also been about voice and it is really interesting to hear their individual and somewhat changing views as we move through the era of COVID. They are the Invisible Vox Populi. As I produce The Invisible Vox Populi, I’m thinking through ways that they can be presented to the public in a COVID safe way, I’m currently experimenting with the work being hung on school railings at school pick up time, pop up style and am continuing this with different schools over the next few weeks.

Sacha Gray

A part of The New Fringe art organisation and has directed the organisation toward a more varied membership in terms of art practices and age groups.

Sacha writes, With my Birdsong project, myself and a group of children explore ecological issues through making art with the intention of speaking loudly and playfully through the art we make, in response to the devastating funding cuts to the arts within the education system at a time where children need art to make sense of their world and future.

Mandy Keating

Her background is in Graphic Design and started her freelance career as a book and paper artist. She will concentrate on one very small area of Doncaster, known to her, it is a square in Kirk Sandall, with houses around its edge and a green in the centre. 

Commenting on the developement so far, Mandy says:

“While we’ve been in lockdown I’ve been concentrating on the visuals for the website that could also be standalone artworks....What this project has done to date for me personally is to find out a lot more about my own family - stuff I didn’t even know about. I’ve also had to learn more digital stuff, which has been brilliant for me.”


Rajnish Madaan

Is a local filmmaker and editor producing work for over ten years. Jodie Williams is an Equality, Inclusion and Diversity professional who has worked across various sectors with the aim of making businesses and services more accessible and inclusive. Jodie is also the Leeds Melanin Festival Director, a series of events celebrating communities of colour and Black history.

The Podcast is described as:

Welcome to White Privilege Drama. A series of short audio dramatizations reflecting on the real experience of what it is to be Black in Britain today.

The series was written by Jodie Williams and produced by Rajnish Madaan.

Seed funding came from Doncaster Creates and the series is created by South Yorkshire artists.


Vicky Morris

Vicky Morris is a writer and creative practitioner working across South Yorkshire. She’s the founder of Hive South Yorkshire and co-founded Doncaster Young Writers in 2010.

Novelist Arundhati Roy Brave New Words offers a series of creative writing workshop for younger people in Doncaster (in two age groups spanning 15-30), exploring Roy’s idea of stepping into a new way of seeing and being. 

These are some of the outcomes, as they come to the end of their commission. 

Breaking Beats Ltd Ian Byatt

Breaking Beats is a not for profit venture formed in 2014 working within the Community Arts environment
in the Doncaster area. The main aim is to fill the void that is currently left within sections of the community to engage with disenfranchised members of it, creating diversionary activities.

They have been working in the community of Denaby with the young people who reside there to record  radio shows. Check the shows out here.

James Lockey

A filmmaker and musician from Doncaster who has worked with many bands producing music videos, music documentaries and live visuals for tours including Lana del Rey, Editors and Mogwai.

Through the use of image manipulation software and traditional filming techniques his idea is to create a series of short hallucinatory vignettes featuring Doncasters architecture and people in everyday movements and actions.

Angela Robson

The Disappearance of Emily Pear.

Angela Robson (film-maker) is a Doncaster-based award-winning creative arts practitioner, journalist and film-maker with fifteen years experience working on creative projects in the UK and overseas.  

This short film tells the story of a teenage artist torn between submission to mental illness and a yearning for an alternate universe.

Ryan David Harston

URBAN conceptz theatre is a visual and physical theatre company set up by multi-award-winning* artist Ryan David Harston. His work as a theatre director consists of original storytelling, poetry, and spoken word.

He wants to create a thought-provoking, exciting, and immersive art exhibition in a derelict or unoccupied building in the center of Doncaster.


Natasha Clarke 
Warren Draper 

Sarah Smizz 

The stickers are holographic.

Sarah Villeneau

Sarah Villeneau -’hollow 'stones' 

Amelia Lonsdale

Les Monaghan

Sacha Gray making Karts.

Above one of Mandy Keating’s finished digital diorama style 2d images. She has 6 more of this style that document all the connections and historical info linked to people who live in ‘the square’ Kirk Sandal, Doncaster.

Rajnish Madaan podcast:

Breaking Beats Participant