This weekend, 9-10 September 2017, Doncaster hosts it’s DNWeekend festival, a free festival of art and performance in the Sir Nigel Gresley Square outside Cast Theatre. There will be free performances from dance, circus acts and Wet Picnic as well food stalls, family picnic areas, craft stalls, creative partners activities, and drop in creative workshops, providing free fun for all ages and all the family.
For all the details and your festival guide check out Right Up Our Street here.
It’s great to see people celebrating and getting involved in the arts in Doncaster. Festivals like this are helping to showcase what Donny is capable of. If you’re popping into town for the DNWeekend festival why not take the kids and seek out the new street art popping up in Doncaster too. Further proof that Donny does have an growing arts and creative scene that’s here to stay.
Waterdale street art
If you’re down at Cast you won’t have to roam far. There’s brand new street art by a collection of local Donny artists on College Road, opposite the old south bus station which is now the Civic Quarter Car Park and Charles Martin Gym. The boarded up walls of the old Netto have been rejuvenated in art work by local artists. The wall isn’t finished yet, they’ll be a blog coming soon when it is, but there’s still a lot to see as you walk down through Waterdale.
Market street art
If you’re keen to street art on a much larger scale, the street art on the hoardings at the Corn Exchange at Doncaster market is not to be missed. The piece spanning over 20 meteres dominates market square and gives the whole area a boost. If you’re planning on talking the kids down there to walk along it, here’s the details of of each section so you can share the story as you admire it.
The art work was designed and painted by Doncaster born and bred artist Keith Hopewell, aka SPZero76 who was commissioned by Doncaster Council to paint the hoardings up around the Corn Exchange at Doncaster market whilst restoration work is carried out. Keith grew up in Hyde Park and studied at Doncaster art college before moving to Bristol for university. Now aged 40 he’s worked for some of the world’s biggest brands and his street art can be seen in New York, Sweden, Japan and London. Sam Walsh aka,Kid Crayon helped helped him paint it.
Danum to Doncaster: A spray of Doncaster’s past, present & future
The street art is a a condensed portrayal of Doncaster’s history, present and future all brought to life with spray paint, and a nod to Keith’s personal family history.
We start in 50AD when a Roman fort located on the site that is now covered by St George’s Minster, was constructed at a crossing of the River Don. This fort was named Danum.
The 1170’s see’s the construction of Conisbrough Castle by the Normans with a Keep towering 27 meters high.
Fast forward eight hundred years and Doncaster becomes an industrial mining town. Why you might ask, does this image bares a ‘Markham 620’. Here Keith pays tribute to his late grandfather who worked down Markham Main and this is his grandfather’s pit ID tag.
The magnificent St George’s Minster is the backdrop for polar bears, Nissan and Pixel from Yorkshire Wildlife Park, getting married. It’s a nod to all of the thousands of Doncaster couples who have celebrated their love by getting married at St Georges Minster over the years, including Keith’s grandparents. Whilst not prescribing to the belief that only men and women can get married legally. So rather than show people, sod it why not imagine Donny’s most famous animal duo getting wed.
We then see an energetic display of modern day Donny iconic buildings, facilities and events that are gathering fame throughout the UK. The Mansion House – one of only three in the UK, the St Leger horse racing festival, the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race, Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield airport all surrounded by Donny folk.
Next, the investment and future developments include the waved roof of the new rail collage over at Lakeside and The Hub as Doncaster welcoming hordes of new students.
Finally, we will see the word Doncaster. Decorated with footballs and rugby balls to represent Donny Rovers and Doncaster Knights. Finished off and adored with white roses cos we’re proud to be in Yorkshire.
If you like what you see and would like to see more street art in Doncaster snap a picture of you next to the street art, and share it with #doncasterisgreat you can also @spzero76 on Instgram or tag him on Facebook here.