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Photo-themed creative writing competition for young people
Hive South Yorkshire are hosting a photo-themed creative writing competition for young people aged 14 to 25 from across Yorkshire. Each person can submit up to 3 pieces of work that can be poetry or stories. There is no theme, but the creative writing must be inspired by one of twenty photographs that Hive have chosen. Entries can be submitted anytime between now and the deadline of midnight on the evening of 4th Jan 2019. Work will be judged by Ian McMillan, British poet and radio presenter, and Angela Readman, a short story writer, and poet. The work will be judged in the following age categories: 14 – 16, 17 – 19, 20 – 25. There are prizes to be awarded including a Kindle Fire HD, writer kits for budding young writers, and all 3 winners in each category will be offered professional feedback, and have their work published in Hive’s 2018 young writers’ anthology. See the 20 images, plus prompt ideas and tips to get you started on the Hive website:
Thursday 11th of October 2018Read More
Doncaster Book Award have released a book list for young people to read and review
Over 900 local children came together today (11 Oct 2018) to celebrate having fun while reading, learning and creating at the Doncaster Book Award Launch. This huge event was held at Doncaster Dome and included inspiring author talks from Andy Stanton who wrote ‘Natboff’ and the ‘Mr Gum’ series, Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Winner 2017 - who wrote ‘The Girl of Ink & Stars’ and ‘The Island at the End of Everything’, and Andy Cope doctor of happiness who is responsible for the ‘Spy Dog’ books and his new book ‘Diary of a Brilliant Kid. Another star guest included Martin Brown the illustrator of all the ‘Horrible Histories’ books who showcased his talents by drawing live. This is the fifteenth year of the Doncaster Book Award, which is all about encouraging children and young people, from both primary and secondary school, to read and review a recommended list of books throughout the school year. There are prizes for the best review each month until the finale and a prize for best overall reviews.   Schools that are signed up will be able to help young people to get involved, however, all young people in Doncaster can take part as the long-listed books will be available to loan for free at Doncaster Libraries and reviews can be posted directly to the Doncaster Book Award website.   If you are a school that would like to take part contact To see the long-listed books, or to find out more about the Doncaster Book Awards visit:   
Thursday 11th of October 2018Read More
Young Artists Collection: ART COMPETITION
The Young Artists Collection is a new annual competition from IVE. It seeks to find talented young artists and give them opportunities to showcase their work and make some money from it.

How does it work?

• The young artists make a piece of visual art inspired by this year’s theme of Yorkshire. • Enter the competition by sending a photo of the finished piece and a complete application form to before the deadline: 30 May 2018 (at 23:59) • In early June a panel of judges will select 50 pieces to enter the Young Artists Collection. • Winners will be notified in early July and invited to attend an Art Market where their work will be on display to be purchased by local businesses. The artist gets 60% of the money from that sale and the rest is used to fund IVE’s charitable work providing creative opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

How much does it cost?

Nothing. There is no entry fee for the young artist. Nothing for schools or arts organisations to pay.

Who is it for?

Anyone aged 11-18 who can produce any kind of visual art. It’s not just a school’s thing, it’s open to any young person in the UK.

How will the panel pick the winners?

The panel will be looking for work that demonstrates technical artistic skill (taking into account the age of the entrant), imagination, creativity and that responds to the theme of this year’s contest which is Yorkshire.

Who are the panel?

Jonathan Straight – street photographer and trustee at IVE Mat Lazenby – Creative Director at LazenbyBrown Amanda Phillips – Education Officer at Leeds Art Gallery Leannda Best – photography undergraduate at Leeds University Visit the IVE website to see the full terms and conditions and download your application form
Tuesday 24th of April 2018Read More
Arts and Culture Ambassadors

Ignite Imaginations a community organisation based in Sheffield has been delivering an Arts and Culture ambassadors programme across South Yorkshire.

With 17 creative partners, 7 schools and 59 ambassadors this programme aims to give young people a real insight into the career opportunities in the sector, build their creative and interpersonal skills and connect them to the world of work. The programme intends to inspire and galvanise the next generation of artists, producers, coordinators and CEO’s.

This year, Ambassadors are set to work through a Bronze Arts Award as part of the programme (Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)) and visit local creative organisations across the county. From Site Gallery to Higher Rhythm, the creative sector is well represented and explored in this programme with overall facilitator Ignite Imaginations.

Ambassadors have enjoyed a rich and diverse range of experience including:

  • Curating part of a museum for the day

  • Visiting one of Sheffield’s iconic theatres for a behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of the theatre world and taking on the promotional challenge of how to engage more young people with theatre

  • Team building with Third Angel

  • Using art, craft and entertainment to engage with the elderly in a local residential home.

The Better Learners Better Workers programme is a step beyond the traditional model of one business connected to one school. It connects an employment sector, or whole series of employers, to a group of schools. This allows a range of employers to contribute and allows schools a wider link to employers in the local community.


Tuesday 6th of February 2018Read More
Don Valley Festival
The Don Valley Festival is a competitive arts festival that also offers classes in music, drama, speech, photography, and art. The festival runs from 16- 18 March 2018 at Sir Thomas Wharton Community Academy in Doncaster. The syllabus for this year's Don Valley Festival is now available online. Entry Closing Dates Music & Drama: NOW CLOSED Photography: Saturday 24 February 2018 Art: Saturday 3 March 2018 Visit their website to find out more:
Monday 5th of February 2018Read More
Teachers book now for Sing Out 2018
Doncaster Music Education Hub has announced that Sing Out will take place again this year at The Dome. The massed singing event gives primary schools pupils in Doncaster the opportunity to perform together alongside a live rock band. Songs will include brand new compositions created especially for the event by six Doncaster Primary Schools, alongside modern pop songs. Last year over 900 pupils took part in the event over the 2 days and this year’s event looks set to be just as popular. Bookings are now being taken for the concerts on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 June 2018. There is no limit to the size of choir that schools can bring along, but there may need to be a first come first served system for places if the concerts are oversubscribed. Teachers, book now to secured your preferred performance date, download the Sing out 2018 booking form or email for more information.
Monday 5th of February 2018Read More
Great Exhibition of the North FREE School Trips
The Great Exhibition of the North 2018 is a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting-edge culture and magical experiences; that will take place in Newcastle and Gateshead from 22 June - 9th September 2018. It is free for all Schools to visit the Exhibition with their class for either a half day or a full day and tailor their visit dependent on subject focus or preferred venues. There is a specific capacity available to schools each day, by booking through the website, this space will be reserved for you, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Great Exhibition team will then be in touch with an itinerary by Friday 20 April. Find out more details and book a school trip online. A series of downloadable resources packs (for key stage EYFS-KS5) will be developed by teachers and industry professionals to be used in class; and will create excellent lead-ins for STEAM resources.
Monday 5th of February 2018Read More
Free Street Art Workshops for Young People
Don Catchment Rivers Trust is working with artist Chris Swain to provide free street art workshops for beginners during February half term. There are 10 spaces available for young people (11-18 years). The Program includes: Saturday 10th: 11am-1pm - INTRO session: How to use spray paint and techniques Sunday 11th: 11am-2pm - Creating the Mural: Stenciling and spray painting Monday 12th: 11am-2pm - Creating the Mural: Stenciling and spray painting Tuesday 13th: 11am-2pm - Creating the Mural: Stenciling and spray painting Wednesday 14th: 11am-3pm - FINAL session: Completing the mural It is recommended that young people come to at least 3 sessions. To sign up contact Sally on 07780333743 or Find this event on Facebook: View Don Catchment Rivers Trust's events calendar:
Tuesday 30th of January 2018Read More
IVE Cultural Leaders in Education
IVE have launched the Cultural Leaders in Education programme and are now seeking applications from senior and middle leaders in schools (with Pupil Premium numbers above 30%) interested in developing their role in influencing a whole school approach to arts and cultural provision. Participation in the 26-day programme will lead to attaining the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL). CLE will enable up to 12 selected leaders from primary, secondary, PRU and special schools across Yorkshire and the Humber. IVE will contribute £5000 for each participant. This must be 100% cash matched by your school with £5000 from your Pupil Premium funding. The programme will run from March 2018 to February 2019 Deadline for applications: Wednesday 31 January Expected Interview dates: 26 February – 5 March 2018 Induction day: 14 March 2018 This is a great opportunity for schools and arts organisations/artist to apply for funding to work together on developing cultural CPD based work. Find out more here:
Monday 22nd of January 2018Read More
Join the Arts Teach Meet on 21st February
The next Arts Teach Meet will be held at Cast on the evening of Wednesday 21 February. If you haven’t attended before, Arts Teach Meets are informal networking events for teachers and artist/arts organisations.  We usually chat through upcoming initiatives which can support your work and share some best practice or skills. Sign up to let us know you’re coming here: Agenda:

5:00 pm - Welcome and shout out for DCEP  Rachel Newman DCEP Steering Group Member. 5:10 pm - Young Writers  Nik Perring from Hive Young Writers Group.

5:20 - Film Language Rajnish Madaan, Teacher and Videographer from Madaan Media

5:30 - Approaching Scriptwork  Zeena Rasheed, Performing Arts Teacher from Peniston Grammer School.

5:40 - Refreshments and  networking

6:00 - Intro to Brecht’s ‘Making Strange’ Mike Dougherty Head of Performing Arts/Specialist Leader in Education at Hall Cross Academy.  

6:10 - Getting to know you game - 3 actions  Shelley O’Horan Schools Coordinator from Cre8ive Dance Academy.

6:20 - Create an extraordinary primary school play Lorna McGinty the Let’s Play Project Manager for National Theatre.

6:30 - eTwinning  Paddy Carroll Assistant Headteacher Shaw Wood Academy.

6:40 - How to use digital to engage and create Wayne Sables Artistic Director at Wayne Sables Project.

6:50 - Close and networking

It’s totally free to attend and we’d love to see you all there. If you’d like to stick around after the event Cast is providing free tickets to see Cornermen in their Studio theatre that evening.
Monday 22nd of January 2018Read More
Creativity and Arts for Early Years
Doncaster Council’s Early Years Service is aiming to help to connect children aged 0-5 with great arts and culture in Doncaster by theming their annual Early Years Conference 2018 around creativity and expressive arts. The conference which is set to take place on February 22nd and 23rd at the CAST theatre in Doncaster will showcase arts and culture opportunities for children to early years providers that will attend the event.  There are some opportunities for artist/arts organisations to get involved by providing musical/drama/craft performances in-between workshops to promote their services. To find out more contact Amie Knott from the Early Years Service at Doncaster Council on 01302 862127 or email The programme for the event is shaping up. The keynote speaker is British entertainer and children's television presenter Dave Benson-Phillips who will be talking about at learning through drama and signing, and will briefly introduce his ‘silly songs’ workshop. Workshops will be delivered by local and regional professional artists including:
  • Opera North will deliver a singing workshop focused on developing vocabulary.
  • Dan Jones Sculpture will deliver a materials manipulation workshop to stimulate creativity.
  • Janet Wood from the Quirky Choir will deliver ‘We speak music’ which celebrates diverse languages through music.
Monday 22nd of January 2018Read More
Free music for young people in Doncaster
Wednesday 3rd of January 2018Read More
Expect Arts Young Leaders Scheme
  Cast and Expect Arts are looking to recruit five young people, aged 16-19, from across Doncaster to become Young Leaders in the arts. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in creative arts, particularly those considering a career in arts and culture. What is involved? As a Young Leader, you will gain hands-on experience in the delivery of a variety of creative activities, assisting arts professionals to run workshops in dance, drama and theatre with children and young people across your area. You will have the chance to assist in creative sessions that include after-school activities and holiday clubs. In order to ensure that you are fully supported, you will receive three mentoring sessions and two whole group training events, as well as ongoing support from session leaders. We will also assist with travel costs. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to further develop your skills and interests here at Cast with bespoke opportunities created to nurture your individual talents, from directing to technical support to participatory arts to marketing. How do I apply? If you are interested in becoming a Young Leader, please fill out the Young Leader Application 2018 and email it to Alternatively, you can hand your application in at Cast or send it via post to: FAO Participation, Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU. The deadline for applications will be Friday 22nd December. Interviews will be held in early January. If you have any questions, or just want to learn more about this opportunity, contact Laura on 01302 303 959 or
Tuesday 12th of December 2017Read More
Engaging the disengaged through the arts – Teach Meet
Join the November Arts Teach Meet on Thursday 30 November 2017 at 5.00 PM at CAST.  The session - hosted by Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership (DCEP) - brings together teachers and people who work in the arts and cultural sector to share their experiences and expertise.  This month will focus on 'engaging the disengaged through the arts'. Presentations will be delivered by: The Hall Cross Dance Team Shelley O'Horan - Cre8ive Dance - Dance for Wheelchair-bound or less mobile students. Raj from Madaan Media - Engagement with Film. Dyzelle Sutherland - Using musical activity to engage disengaged primary children which can be delivered by colleagues with little or no musical experience! Laura Claveria - IVE - Using Arts Award as a tool to engage disengaged children and young people with a focus on the work that Bridgeview Whitehouse PRU have done in Hull. Patrick Carroll - Shaw Wood Primary - Presentation on eTwinning and international connections Jamie Thomas - Hall Cross Academy - Using a Musical Futures approach to engage learners Please book your space with Cast's Box Office on 01302 303959. These Teach Meet sessions are organised by a group of teachers and cultural practitioners who are passionate about ensuring that Doncaster children get access to high-quality arts experiences both in and out of school and believe that CPD that focuses on this area is one of the ways to ensure this happens. Future dates for the DCEP termly Teach Meet sessions are as follows: 21st February 2018 5-6.30pm at Cast 5th July 2018 5-6.30pm at Cast
Thursday 30th of November 2017Read More
Free Active Citizens Training for artists and cultural organisations
Flying Futures are delivering Free Active Citizens training. This is globally delivered qualification that can contribute to CPD for staff or volunteers (No previous experience needed). Whether you are already running a project, have one in mind, or just know you want to be involved in effective social change in your local area then the British Council’s Active Citizens programme will help you develop the skills and help you get the support you need to design and deliver social action projects.  Attendees must be over the age of 18.   Book your place (before the end of Thursday 16th November 2017) by contacting Suzannah Lines on or 07827 838847. The free programme is delivered over 4 full days at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery:
  • Day 1 - Me: Identity and culture - Monday 20th November 2017 10am - 4pm
    • Build self-confidence and self-awareness
    • Understanding how identities and cultures form, are expressed, change and connect
    • Value different perspectives
  • Day 2: Me and You: Intercultural Dialogue-Monday 27th November 2017 10am - 4pm
    • Understand dialogue, how and when it can be used
    • Support learn and share through, dialogue
    • Develop listening skills, questioning skills, dialogue in fragile and conflict affected communities
  • Day 3: We: Local and Global communities - Monday 4th December 2017 10am - 4pm
    • Understand concept of community and connections between local and global community and their inter-dependencies
    • Ability to identify key stakeholders, map conflict and use decision-making in the communities
    • Ability to identify a social development issue to address in the community using problem-solving skills
  • Day 4: Planning Social Action - Monday 11th December 2017 10am - 4pm
    • Develop kills in project planning and management
    • Knowledge of the project cycle
    • Understand stakeholder analysis
    • Problem identification and analysis
    • Agenda setting
    • Identify interventions
    • Write a project plan
    • Monitor and evaluate a project
    • Risk analysis
    • Communication
Lunch and refreshments are provided through-out the day and there is funding available to cover travel expenses. Two participants will be invited to attend an International Study Visit (ISV) all fully funded. This is an event where an international group visits a country and particular communities to explore social development issues and the methods the community has found for addressing these issues. Book your place (before the end of Thursday 16th November 2017) by contacting Suzannah Lines on or 07827 838847.
Tuesday 14th of November 2017Read More
Learning takes centre stage at CAST
Doncaster College and University Centre (DCUC) and Cast, are partnering to host Doncaster,s first Higher Education Drama and Performing Arts courses. Following the closure of the college’s High Melton campus, Cast is to host full time students within its operational theatre spaces and meeting rooms with a plan for growth in both courses and student body over the next few years. The partnership will include a resource for training, mentorship and artistic opportunities and will see the academic team works alongside Cast’s to deliver a robust and practical qualification in the arts. Students from across the borough will benefit from a unique learning experience in a nationally renowned state-of-the-art theatre, and learn by working alongside professionals and the academic team.  This joint endeavor also enables students to take part in workshops with visiting artists and access talent development opportunities throughout the year. Deborah Rees, Cast’s Director comments: ‘We’re really passionate about supporting local young people entering the first stages of a professional arts career. This building belongs to the people of Doncaster and it’s great to be able to offer this opportunity for high quality learning. The arts have a huge role to play in Doncaster’s ambitious future and we are thrilled to partner with DCUC to work together in educating and training the future local arts workforce.’ This announcement follows the opening of Doncaster’s National College for High Speed Rail this September, and along with plans to create a University Technical College (UTC) in the town, this partnership is a welcome addition to Doncaster’s education landscape to help bridge local skills gaps. Anne Tyrrell Doncaster College and University Centre Chief Executive comments: ‘Performing Arts at University College Doncaster has never been so exciting. This partnership between Cast and DCUC will grow over time to keep pace with the creative and cultural opportunities opening up in the town over the next few years.’ Find out more about how Cast is supporting artists, and schools.
Monday 23rd of October 2017Read More
Open Art Exhibition
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery are currently displaying their annual Open Art Exhibition (14th October-10th December). Submissions were received from artist from the aged of 5 upwards. This is a great opportunity for young people to see their art work on display in a gallery setting  alongside   some of the greatest artists and makers working across our region. This year's exhibition includes works by over 160 artists, and with work in a wide range of styles and techniques there is sure to be something on display to suit every taste. Find out more about events at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery or check out their school visits offer.
Monday 23rd of October 2017Read More
Doncaster’s First Arts Teach Meet
In July 2017, ICA-Perform@Hall Cross Academy, on behalf of the Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership (DCEP), organised Doncaster's first ever Arts Teach Meet gathering which was kindly hosted at Cast. This event was attended by over forty members of the Arts community in Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley which included teachers, artists, arts organisations and arts providers. These included Hall Cross, Hayfield, Minsthorpe, Shaw Wood, North Ridge, Hawthorn, Stirling, Horizon, Rotherham College, Artis Education, Cre8ive Dance, DC Theatre, IVE, Darts, The Music Hub, Art of Interaction, Ignite Imaginations, Higher Rhythm, DYDC, The National Theatre and Cast,  Presenters shared good practice in the arts that teachers could take back to the classroom and use with their students. We also had presentations from IVE on Artsmark and Ignite Imaginations about a Cultural Ambassadors programme for young people in schools. Presentations ranged from interesting visual arts projects starting with torn pieces of paper that led into global collaborative work, dance and drama activities that develop students sense of creativity and use of Mantle of the Expert, using Google Classroom to support learning and assessment for learning in Arts lessons, researching practitioners, engaging boys in dance and using literacy through performing arts. This was followed by some interesting discussion around arts in Doncaster, current provision, barriers and ways forward for arts education for all young people in all schools and settings. The group also explored CPD needs in schools and where arts organisations can support these needs. It was a vibrant and positive evening with a fantastic performance of 'The Jungle Book'  by Meta Theatre and it is hoped that more events like this will be held in the very near future.
Monday 16th of October 2017Read More