Performance art plan to boost Doncaster pit village

Bentley Park. Picture: Marie Caley D2905MC
Bentley Park. Picture: Marie Caley D2905MC

Plans to boost a former Doncaster mining village through performance event have been unveiled.

Doncaster’s Arts Council England funded project, Right Up Our Street, is looking to bring interactive performance events to Bentley.

The Right Up Our Street consortium are looking for a performance company or collective of artists to create high quality, contemporary, small-scale interactive performance events that will take place in a range of locations across Bentley.

Andrew Loretto, Creative Producer for Right Up Our Street said: “We are looking for brilliant, forward-looking, contemporary, interactive performance ideas that offer something new to Doncaster.

“The work must achieve both the highest standards of delivery and maximize the involvement and development of new participants and audiences. This latter aspect is really important. So think bold, brave, inclusive and achievable.

“I am looking forward to talking to people about their idea for this commission and receiving the 1000 word project descriptions.”

Right Up Our Street’s key partners are: darts (Doncaster Community Arts), Cast (Doncaster’s new theatre venue), DVAN (Doncaster Voluntary Arts Network) and DCLT (Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust).

Two miles north of Doncaster town centre, Bentley is a former mining village which lies on the River Don. Bentley is made up of several parts including Bentley West End, Bentley New Village and Toll Bar.

Features in Bentley include the historic Bentley Pavilion and Bentley Park – which are currently being renovated, MyPlace Centre – a community and cultural resource centre for young people, and the Bentley Community Woodland - a beautiful 93 hectare site on what was previously the slagheap for Bentley Colliery.

“Artists do not have to be based in Doncaster to apply – we welcome national and international applicants if there is a strong interest in making work for our area. However, a good local knowledge is necessary – and any particular familiarity with Bentley would be highly beneficial to the project. Involvement with Doncaster participants/audiences is key – and lasting legacy for the area.”

It is recommended that interested parties contact Andrew Loretto on 01302 558067 or email: in advance to give him an outline of your proposed idea. He will be able to advise you on making your application as strong as possible for the selection process.

Applications for the Bentley Commission must be submitted by email by 10am on September 19.