14 Doncaster art projects get vital funding

Photo: Warren Draper will be developing an Unbound Arts Initiative 

Fourteen artists from across Doncaster are celebrating as their projects have secured funding under the Doncaster Creates, Birdsong on the Planet of the Apes, open call.

The successful projects, which will focus on community and social interaction, were selected by a panel made up of representatives from creative arts, public and private sector organisations, and a young people’s representative.

A total fund of £18,500 will be allocated between the projects run by Amelia Lonsdale; Breaking Beats; Ryan Harstone (Urban Conceptz); Sarah Smizz; Warren Draper; Vicky Morris (Doncaster Young Writers); James Lockey; Natasha Clarke; Raj Madaan; Mandy Keating; Sarah Villeneau; Angela Robson; Les Monaghan; Sacha Gray.

Michael Hart, panel chair said: “We were so impressed by the quality and range of the selected submissions from this open call.

“The idea was to find projects that will look at the new reality, as an opportunity to create new balance, continue to view the world through fresh eyes and ‘re-set’ how we do things.

“The 14 selected artists have all put forward projects that will focus on community and social interaction and will involve working with local people. The projects will challenge past behaviours and showcase how we can do things differently in the future.

"This is a real opportunity for Doncaster to shine a spotlight on and support our thriving artistic community, who are often undervalued – it is a chance for people in the town to think about how they can help to shape the future.”

The work commissioned by Doncaster Creates, a program led by Juliet Farrar and Mike Stubbs is focused on people led regeneration through great art. Supported by Doncaster Council the open call will contribute to Doncaster Re-mix a co funded Arts Council England program that will start in September 2020.

Jessica Farmer, from Arts Council England, said: “The Arts Council believes that everyone should be able to explore and develop their own creativity so it’s great to see such a range of artists, emerging and established, being given support to bring their ideas to life.

“This opportunity will not only strengthen the network of artists in the area but also enable the artists to work with the local community in generating artworks unique to Doncaster.”

To find out more about Doncaster Creates and the successful projects visit our new website www.doncastercreates.org