2018 at The Point
It’s hard to believe we’ve already reached the final 2 weeks of 2018, but here we are!
2018 at The Point has been an exciting year and full of creativity, from a summer full of workshops for families to the launch of brand new after-school art clubs for young people.
Here we take a look back at our monthly highlights…
To start the year off in style, our Rebel Daughters exhibition opened in the gallery. To celebrate, we asked women from across Doncaster shared what being a rebel daughter meant to them. A celebration of girl power with some incredible local talent, Rebel Daughters was an exhibition to be proud of.
In February, we released a series of short films made by our talented filmmaker Jim, exploring the individual stories and journeys of young people taking part in our Talent Match programme. Talent Match has come to an end this December after 5 years of funding from Big Lottery but these films are a great way to preserve the fantastic work the programme did. You can watch them here.
As we moved into spring, we became all about the music. iSing is an annual massed choir event in which secondary schools from across Doncaster gather at the Dome to perform to a live audience of families and friends. They performed chart hits as well as songs they had worked on themselves with the help of our musician Janet. iSing was topped off with a brilliant performance by the Swag and Swaglets.
April saw the launch of a new exhibition, Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science. These incredible images explored the weird and wonderful in high definition and inspired some amazing artwork in the creative workshops we run for visiting schools!
We couldn’t write up a ‘highlights of 2018’ post without mentioning #PointFEST. On a sunny Saturday in late May, The Point opened its doors to families across Doncaster for our first arts and music festival. We had a silent disco, a UV room and an array of talented musicians performing in our gallery. The event was completely inclusive and it was wonderful to see so many new faces come through The Point’s doors! #PointFEST will return next May so be sure to keep an eye out for more info on our next What’s On Guide…
The music continued into the summer with two more massed choir events – this time it was the turn of Doncaster’s primary schools and Special schools! The primary schools did themselves proud at Sing Out, which had to be split across two nights because it was so popular. The Special schools showed off some brilliant Makaton signing as well as singing. We wrote a post about the success of these two events at the time – click here to read more.
In July we opened our doors once again to encourage people in for our Family Fun Day. Our new exhibition Microbes proved a hit with families – mesmerising, tactile and colourful, these gigantic inflatables were not to be missed! We provided creative activities for the visiting families, from badge-making to drawing and colouring. 12-year-old Alfie kindly wrote a review of the event for us – have a read!
In 2018 we provided more activities for families than ever before, and August was definitely evidence of that! Throughout the summer holidays we had weekly family workshops, from making willow lanterns or clay microbes, to dancing under the Microbes, to writing or singing.
In September we launched another exhibition – ARTIST ROOMS: Bill Viola marked a collaboration with Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, as well as being the first time the work of internationally renowned video artist Viola had ever been displayed in Doncaster. The exhibition was officially opened by Ed Miliband who gave a speech about the importance of championing the arts in Doncaster, and by two of our Young Curators – a group we set up alongside the ARTIST ROOMS exhibition, to give young people the opportunity to get involved with activities around our work.
In the last few months we’ve started running fun dance workshops for adults over 50 as part of Dance On, a project we are working on alongside Yorkshire Dance and One Dance UK. October saw Dance On really get going, with groups getting set up out in the Doncaster community as well as here at The Point. These groups are all about helping people to move and play in new ways without feeling pressure – just enjoying themselves. If you’re interested, check out our current groups here.
Our partners Right Up Our Street held their DN Festival of Light towards the end of November. This festival included the incredible installation Museum of the Moon visiting Doncaster Minster and staying there for a week. This huge, glowing recreation of the moon was truly beautiful and thousands of people came through the Minster’s doors to marvel at it. Alongside other local choirs, Quirky Choir performed underneath the Moon one evening during the festival – their singing plus the stunning installation certainly made it a spectacle to behold (and hear!)
Here we are in December – it’s certainly been a busy year, looking back at everything that has happened, but at the same time it seems to have gone by very fast! We’re delighted to announce that our new What’s On Guide will be ready very soon; it’s bigger and better than ever, with plenty of information about our upcoming activities and events from January to June 2019. Keep an eye out on our website for more information – and don’t forget to pay us a visit in the New Year!