Rosie Winterton MP visited The Point to see how the gallery has been improved thanks to funding from The SITA Trust.
SITA provided funding for a new staircase between the ground floor and mezzanine level and brand new ceiling to floor blinds for our double height windows.
Exhibitions curator Helen Jones said: ‘The improvements funded by The SITA Trust have enhanced visitor’s experience and linked the entire space. The ability to control lighting in the gallery means we can alter the space and create new ways to exhibit a far wider variety of art work, exhibits and installations for people in Doncaster to enjoy.’
Rosie also came face-to-face with a portrait of herself during her visit. Rosie is one of the inspirational women featured in the ‘Brilliant Women – Snapshots of Familial Gazes’ exhibition now showing at The Point until Saturday March 8.
The exhibition features pictures by Barnsley-based artist Michelle Clarke Stables who has painted rich, vibrant portraits of the woman who have inspired her and others.
Rosie said: “I was very interested to see the changes to the gallery and the difference this makes when showing exhibits. This particular exhibition pays tribute to women who have inspired others, and I am delighted and honoured to have been included amongst them.”
Rosie shared images from her family album with Michelle of her very own brilliant woman, her Aunt Molly, who was a fascinating independent person, a published author and writer for The Guardian.
Other well-known people have also nominated the brilliant women in their lives. Michelle has painted portraits of women suggested by One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Germaine Greer, Joanna Lumley, and Dame Judi Dench for this exhibition.
Marek Gordon CEO and Chairman of SITA Trust said: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”