Past Exhibitions

A look back at some of our favourite exhibitions at The Point

Rebel Daughters

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Rebel Daughters commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first votes for women, and launched a year-long programme of activity in partnership with Doncaster Museums. It showcased a range of voices of all ages and explored what being a ‘rebel daughter’ means to them.

Just under 60 women artists based locally, nationally and internationally were selected to show their work from an overwhelming number of submissions to an open call in 2017. Rebel Daughters celebrated the passions and interests of women artists today, from the resin cast of a pig’s head ‘Teacher’s Pet’ by Michelle Clarke Stables to exquisite underwater photographs retelling the story of Shakespeare’s ‘Ophelia’ by Nicola Jayne Maskrey and photographs from the ‘Defying Conventions’ series by Shannon Langley, which places girls at the heart of a revolution.

Me, Myself & I

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Me Myself & I explored the personal experiences of people with autism at three key stages of life: as children, as young adults and as older adults. The exhibition featured a series of large scale pictures created from mixed media including found objects, embroidery, ceramics and paint.

Me Myself & I is a project funded by The Lottery through their People’s Projects scheme. Artistic Spectrum, a not for profit organization based in Thorne, South Yorkshire, won a public vote for the funding to work with adults and children with Autism. The sessions have been run at their ArtSpace in Thorne, and at outreach sessions across the Borough of Doncaster.

Elephant in the Room

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The Sand House, a large dwelling carved into sandstone made Doncaster famous from 1850 until WW2.  This exhibition recreated the 40-tonne Elephant and Mahout found in The Sand House. The sculpture was made from compacted sand by artist Jamie Wardley.

AniMotion

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An exhibition which celebrated the diverse world of animation. This exhibition made it’s debut at The Point in July 2015 and gave visitors the chance to meet Morph, see their faces come to life and fly around with wings or turn their friends into skeleton avatars. The use of 3D zoetropes, computer generated images and virtual reality headsets made this an interactive exhibition that everyone could enjoy.

 

Pirates, Pants & Wellyphants

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Nick Sharratt, the illustrator behind the instantly recognisable illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker books and other much-loved characters from the hundreds of books he has written and illustrated, was the subject of this colourful, humorous and hands-on touring exhibition.

Exploring Nick’s passion for drawing, from childhood to his current status as an internationally renowned illustrator and author, the show featured many of the well-known characters illustrated by Nick over the years, including Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Lizzie Zipmouth, Hetty Feather, Caveman Dave, Pirate Pete and Billy Bonkers.

Visitors immersed themselves in Nick’s world, entered a recreation of his studio filled with the tools of his trade and the stages involved in creating one of his illustrations. There was also the chance to try a range of different drawing techniques and materials, including the opportunity to create their own digital ‘Sharracter’.

Shifting Perspectives

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Shifting Perspectives is more than just an exhibition of photographs. It is an experiment in the power of visual imagery in changing and challenging perspectives. The images are of everyday interactions: people playing football, going for a walk, having a day out at the fairground… But the people in the photographs have Down’s syndrome.

The images of Down’s syndrome that you may be familiar with tend to be either medical – focusing solely on the physical characteristics that mark the individual out as having Down’s syndrome – or images inspiring pity to encourage financial donations. The images in Shifting Perspectives are different. They present people with Down’s syndrome as individuals, defined by more than their genetic code. The photographs show human beings with personalities that are influenced by their families and their environment, as well as their own hopes and aspirations.