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British Film Institute

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The BFI are searching for 15 enthusiastic 12-15 years olds from Doncaster to take part in the prestigious BFI Film Clubs which will be delivered in partnership with Cast in Doncaster. Students can meet likeminded film fans and learn essential skills such as scriptwriting, cinematography, video editing and sound design. Young film fans will also work alongside industry professionals to create their own short film which will be screened at an industry event at CAST in Doncaster when it is safe and sensible to do so.

The course will run from Saturday 6 February until Saturday 3 April 2021, giving students the opportunity to develop their filmmaking skills, work with industry professionals and take their early steps into the film industry. The course will run between 9am and 1pm every Saturday.

To apply for the BFI Film Clubs you must:

• Be aged 12–15 years old on the first day of the course

• Be based in Doncaster

• Have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry

• Be able to commit to the duration of the course (9 weeks, 6 February – 3 April 2021)

If this sounds like an opportunity for you, apply online with the below link

Climate Comedy Lab

Five microshort commissions available for Doncaster writers responding to the climate crisis in exciting, unexpected ways.

Climate Comedy Lab is a new commissioning programme supporting Doncaster-based writers to create climate conscious microshorts that are personal, local – and funny. Filmmakers will be given the chance to create risk-taking work that is playful, experimental and absurd. The weirder the better! We’re looking for films that deliver maximum impact with minimal runtimes: 90 second sketches with an original comic voice and an accessible, environmental message that are perfectly suited to sharing on online platforms.

Five writers/writer-directors will be selected to take part in a ten-week development programme where they’ll receive mentoring from top industry professionals, meet local collaborators and develop their initial ideas into completed scripts. After being partnered with a director and producer, they’ll receive a £1,000 commission from our partners at Doncaster Creates to produce a locally crewed and shot microshort.*

The Climate Comedy Lab development programme ran from January – February 2021. 

Working in partnership with the BFI, the UK’s lead organisation for film, TV and moving image, Doncaster Creates has really welcomed their support in establishing Film Club - a monthly invitation for Doncaster & South Yorkshire local filmmakers to share work. The  project also offers the opportunity to discuss sectoral development and local possibilities. Out of this, DC & BFI is collaborating to fund the commissioning of micro shorts which will become part of the Doncaster Remix programme - viewing the town with fresh eyes and giving voice to those unheard. We will be commissioning 4-6 short films with a focus on supporting the development of local writers and directors. Watch this space for details and deadline.

Doncaster hosts The Booker Prize 

Doncaster was named as The Booker Prize for Fiction’s partner for its regional events in 2020.

The partnership with Doncaster Creates, the dynamic arts programme set up to nurture the creativity in the town, saw a series of literary events taking place over the last few months including a search for local writing talent.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, welcomed the news for the borough: “I am so proud that Doncaster has been chosen to partner with such a legendary literary giant as The Booker Prize – this is a major achievement for us and I am delighted at the news.

Juliet Farrar, executive director at Doncaster Creates said: “ Doncaster has a strong tradition in inspirational creative writing and reading initiatives with people from all walks of life. These events will build on the fantastic work of our partners Doncaster Libraries and the National Literacy Trust’s Doncaster Stories campaign, which brings the transformative power of reading and high-quality writing to communities”

Doncaster Creates ran a literary campaign called Doncaster: The Books That Made Us with residents and authors are invited to reveal the books that challenged them or changed their lives in an extended online conversation by uploading a video or written anecdotes.

To see all the events that took place, click here

Doncaster Hosts Booker

Royal Opera House - Royal Ballet

The Royal Opera House is bringing it’s national learning programme to town, through Doncaster Creates & in partnership with Cast, marking a new chapter for the town which aspires to be a place of nationally significant cultural and creative experiences. This is a bold and ambitious 3-year partnership.

We’re re-aligning plans whilst we respond to COVID guidance but our partnership remains extensive, inspirational and innovative….

The Royal Opera House will work with schools and the communities of Doncaster over three years. Positive outcomes for local young people are a priority for the town and this partnership puts creativity, talent development, well-being and joy at the heart of our programming.

Teachers will attend the ROH's certified training days followed by programmes that will be delivered in schools across Doncaster. School children will have access to high quality Dance, Singing and Theatrecraft lessons through the support of the ROH.

The 3 year partnership includes:
  • Free teacher training
  • Create & Dance, Create & Sing and Design and Make programmes
  • A digital participation project summer 2020
  • ROH’s popular Chance to Dance talent development programme
  • Tickets to see performances at the ROH

    For further information about how you can get involved contact

The V&A  

Throughout Doncaster’s history, the marriage of ‘Art & Industry’, ‘Design and Innovation’ are internationally impactful stories of resilience and endeavour.

We are pleased to announce that Doncaster Creates & Heritage Doncaster will be a partner with the V&A’s

DesignLab Nation - a programme of in-depth projects that explore new ways of engaging secondary school students with design.

Postponed from Autumn 2020 due to Covid 19.

DesignLab Nation brings schools together with museum educators, practicing artists, designers and the Museum's collections to work on design challenge projects. It also provides teachers with training and CPD opportunities to develop new and innovative ways of teaching design. DesignLab Nation aims to inspire a new generation of creative practitioners as well as broaden young people's understanding of the designed world around them, how it is made and its impact on society and the environment.

DesignLab Nation allows students to:
  • Engage with historical and contemporary design
  • Work directly with professional artists and designers in an in-depth way
  • Connect with learning across the curriculum, including STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Maths)
  • Develop creativity, skills and knowledge relevant to working in the creative industries
  • Get advice about different pathways into creative careers

As well as Doncaster Creates’ partnership development work for 2020 onwards, many of our local colleague organisations also have important collaborations, bringing  nationally significant projects to town - shining a spotlight on Doncaster hosting world-class culture.

The British Museum

The launch programme for  Doncaster’s new Museum & Gallery ‘Danum’ will welcome the British Museum touring exhibition Living with art: Picasso to Celmins (dates TBC).  Spanning almost one hundred years of modern art, this exhibition will showcase highlights from the wide-ranging collection of Alexander Walker (1930–2003). Artists on display include rare works from Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse to Lucian Freud, Bridget Riley, David Hockney and Vija Celmins. Many of the prints will be going on public display for the first time in thirteen years.

Arts Council England Collection

The Danum Gallery, Library & Museum will also host ‘Double Take’ - the title of an exhibition that pairs works from the Arts Council collection, with artworks from the collection of Heritage Doncaster. Examples of some of the pairings on display include a drawing by Henry Moore from Doncaster’s own collection seen alongside a sculpture in bronze by the same artist from the Arts Council Collection.  Other examples include a group of small screen prints by Patrick Caulfield from the collection of Heritage Doncaster displayed next to a large oil painting by the same artist drawn from the Arts Council Collection. The loans are supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. Created by Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, the Weston Loan Programme is the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to enable smaller and Local Authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections.

Avigdor Arikha (1929– 2010), Self-portrait, Shouting One Morning, 1969, brush and sumi ink on prepared canvas paper © The Trustees of the British Museum Reproduced by permission of the artist