Right Up Our Street

Making arts part of the DNA of Doncaster
Balby Skill Share
Balby Skill Share
Photo: Jamie Bubb
Kes at Cast Theatre
Kes at Cast Theatre
Photo: Mark Douet
Make a Wish, Bentley Street Art
Make a Wish, Bentley Street Art
Photo: Chris Swain
Rossington Party at the Cafe
Rossington Party at the Cafe
Photo: John Fuller
The Making of Thorne
The Making of Thorne
Photo: Graeme Oxby
Mexborough Outdoor Cinema
Mexborough Outdoor Cinema
Photo: Dom Somers
Balby Field of Poppies
Balby Field of Poppies
Photo: James Mulkeen

Where: Bentley, Mexborough, East Doncaster, Balby and Rossington, as well as the town centre.
With: Doncaster Community Arts (darts), Donacaster Culture and Leisure Trust, Cast, Doncaster Voluntary Arts Network

“You did an amazing thing for Mexborough – you brought the people together again. You should be proud of yourself and all the people who helped make this such a fantastic event.”
Helen, Mexborough

Right Up Our Street is all about people across Doncaster borough choosing, making, seeing and sharing great art, and that includes everything from the visual arts, music and theatre right through to dance, radio, poetry and more. It’s also about maximising community involvement and making sure this art happens in surprising locations and exciting ways.

The project has three main strands. Strand D is ‘big bang’ events like large-scale theatre productions including Glee Club and Kes. Strand N is made up of special commissions led by a creative producer. Last but not least, strand A means community projects led by arts supporters across specific Doncaster areas.

Consultation has played a big part in Right Up Our Street, as well as contributing to its success to date. For strand A, local teams on the ground in Rossington, Balby, Mexborough, Doncaster East and Bentley have helped make sure the programmes delivered in these areas are always relevant. For strand N, a carefully designed evaluation and consultation process has helped give local people a say in which artistic programmes get the go-ahead.

Right Up Our Street has worked with a brilliant variety of organisations and venues, some conventional but others less so. This has helped the project fulfill its goal of providing a more eclectic, exciting and engaging events programme, not just focusing on traditional art forms. Unusual venues include Mexborough’s Concertina Band Club, Balby Community Library and Rossington Market Café, while working with groups like Thorne Charity Events has helped raise money for important local causes.