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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.

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

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