The DN Festival of Light is Right Up Our Street’s winter festival, it celebrates the diversity of our town by bringing different communities together in one space to engage in the arts and culture.
This year, Right Up Our Street is working with creative Heinrich & Palmer to transform the interior of Doncaster Minster into an immersive world of light and colour, completely bespoke to the building.
The Crossing Place is inspired by Doncaster’s rich heritage collection and the town’s long-standing association with Natural history.
WAYNE SABLES STARLING MURMURATION SCULPTURE
“It’s been amazing to collaborate across artforms with a sculpture, musician and myself (digital) to create the interactive light installation. The sculpture represents the heart of what’s great about doncaster for me which is the community. Having the opportunity to create this installation for Doncaster is a huge honour.”
This year in the grounds of the Minster, Artist Wayne Sables has created a beautiful sculpture representing a murmuration of starlings. Wayne will be using projection mapping to bring the sculpture to life!
Wayne says “The commission was developed from a seed commission ‘quarantine creates’ developed in lockdown exploring the positives of lockdown one. It became apparent to me that one of the positive things to come out if the past months was a stronger sense of community neighbours, streets and villages feel because of this shared collective experience.
From this overwhelming sense of collective I began exploring the characteristics that make a community. I came across the starling murmuration’s in Doncaster and began thinking when the starlings create their stunning displays mirrored the experiences people from Doncaster has spoken to be about. When a community pulls together and helps each other out they move In sync, support each other and create something spectacular.
This has directly informed the digital content that will be projection mapped on to a lantern sculpture of a stunning starling turning it into a stunning unique light installation.”
TIPI’S IN THE GROUNDS
This year, our external activities will be held in two tipi's in the grounds of the Minster. A huge thanks to Events Doncaster for helping us to bring this beautiful outdoor space to host the activities in.
BLACK CAT THEATRE
In one Tipi, we will have the fantastic Black Cat Theatre, who are coming along with ‘The Ramayana Shadow Show’ and shadow puppet workshop.
“All participants are provided with a template and assisted in making their own shadow puppet. They are encouraged to explore the puppet’s movement on a shadow screen, to learn how to manipulate and find character in shared shadow play.”
We are excited to announce that we will have the Moving Museum on the Friday and Saturday of the festival. Shout out to Heritage Doncaster for making this happen.
The moving museum will be bringing examples of local collections from their archive and crafting sessions for you to enjoy.
THE YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will be on the grounds of the Minster during the festival.
“Participants will make a plant pot from newspaper using a plant pot maker, then fill it with peat free compost and add native wildflower seeds.
This is a nice activity with so many key messages like recycling, using peat free products and growing native wildflowers for our struggling pollinators. Something everyone can do in their window ledge, in plant pots or directly in their garden.”