Creative, Cultural and Digital
Doncaster has a rich history of creativity and innovation and starts the new decade with some exciting developments. The first of which to happen will be the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum built on a prominent site within the Civic and Cultural Quarter.
360 Degrees Media are progressing their plans to deliver TV and Film production facilities in town. The main focus being the redevelopment of the former Doncaster College High Melton Campus to accommodate 5 sound stages and associated infrastructure with further sound stages to be constructed at other sites close to the town centre.
Associated with the film studio development is the establishment of a new VFX Academy to be developed by 360 Degree Media and Doncaster College in partnership and building up to a capacity of 450 students p.a. on a range of courses of up to Masters level.
In advance of the full-blown VFX Academy the College and 360 Degrees Media have accessed support from Sheffield City Region to launch Lightforge Academy providing training and experience to help people with their first steps into industry.
Local businesses are also actively seeking to raise the creative temperature with co-working Project at Copley Road, Helm, Queens Road Design Centre, C-View and Workhere providing attractive supportive work environments for creatives with Doncopolitan Magazine providing a strong narrative of the growing local scene.
Chinwe Russell is a local artist and gallery owner and director and curator of Doncaster Art Fair whose latest gallery now sits within the Civic and Cultural quarter.
Doncaster Fashion week was delivered for the first time in 2019 and 2020 sees the start of Doncaster Creates dynamic collaborative program to reveal and nurture the treasures of Doncaster, developing future ideas, talent, skills and audiences. World class, large scale immersive experiences will maximise participation to create a wow factor that people of all backgrounds will remember and act on.
Business Doncaster is very keen to ensure that we are engaged with as many local creative and digital companies in order to keep everyone informed about local opportunities and so that the sector can better collaborate and raise the sector's profile regionally, nationally and beyond.
Creative Doncaster has been established recently providing a handy what’s on guide, news, resource package, list of spaces/venues and creative directory. If you are a local creative business, why not join Creative Doncaster and complete the online template.
To find out more contact Tim Hazeltine via email on Tim.Hazeltine@doncaster.gov.uk or call 01302 862465.