Artists have designs on struggling project

The former Doncaster College site at Church View.
The former Doncaster College site at Church View.

ARTISTS in Doncaster are planning to breathe new life into a struggling development project.

New Fringe is a Doncaster-based organisation that could be set to move into the Church View Centre for an exhibition, as it bids to raise its profile.

Doncaster Central Development Trust, which owns the building, is currently looking for investment in the scheme after its proposal to get a £3.5 million European grant failed.

But trust chief executive Ben McCall thinks the project can be turned around when the economy improves, event though there is only one usable room in the building.

So far £5 million has been spent on the project.

The New Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at promoting and developing Doncaster’s arts and cultural scene.

Since the start of 2012 it has working to bring together artists and enthusiasts from across Doncaster to celebrate and showcase local talent.

The group is also developing ideas for a contemporary arts space and home for the New Fringe at Church View Centre, which was formerly Doncaster’s arts college.

The exhibition will take place in the View, the sole part of the building that has been recently developed.

The building is now owned by Doncaster Central Development Trust which is keen to see the building restored to its former glory and is supporting the group.

New Fringe secretary Rachel Horne said she hoped the exhibition would raise the profile of the venue and help attract investment.

She said: “The building is owned by the Doncaster Central Development Trust, and at the moment it is looking for investment.

“They are letting us use the building to help promote the centre. We are trying to look to start a buzz in what is historically pretty much the home of art in Doncaster.

“We want to help bring it back to its former glory.”

The exhibition will run from this Saturday until Saturday, September 29, and will be open from 10.30am until 4pm on Tuesdays to Thursdays with a late opening each Wednesday night until 7pm.