Pop-Up Dreamscape Installation

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th May

Bentley My Place

Artfuel are currently working on a number of creative projects, one of which is the Pop-Up Dreamscape Installation in Bentley. This is part of the Right Up Our Street initiative and will be happening from 9-11th May, as part of the DNweekeND.
We will be using photography, street art, paper art and sound to produce something unique and exciting to Bentley and Doncaster. Visitors will be able to participate in the installation over the course of the weekend.
The following artists have collaborated on the project and you can meet them at the opening weekend:
Charlotte Newton - photography
Pip Armstrong - acrylic and spray painting
Myles Allanson - spray painting
Mandy Keating - 3D cut-outs
We will also have an arts trail around Bentley and Toll Bar, leading to our installation. This will consist of artwork hanging in the streets from Tollbar Primary and Bentley High Street Primary.
There will also be yarn bombing on the arts trail, produced by the knitting and crocheting circle from PFG.

'Glitter Goth' by Anna Bean

PREVIEW: Fri 18th October 6-8pm

Continues until Fri 15th November (Thurs-Sat)

A magical, amusingly grotesque, disorienting and slightly disturbing experience for the gallery visitor based around the theme of the gothic and the macabre.

Anna's exhibition is a collection of her older work and also new work around the  theme of ‘The Gothic’.  She likes her work to have eerie overtones but nevertheless be enchanting, fanciful and whimsical.

Anna frames her prints within ornate gold, silver and black frames reminiscent of the frames used in a traditional gallery setting.

Alongside her framed prints Anna has produced sets of limited edition prints which will be available to purchase from £4 onwards.
More information about Anna's work is available via her website

'Once Upon A Star' by Pip Armstrong

PREVIEW: Sat 14th September 12-4pm

Continues until Fri 11th October (Thurs-Sat)

Having recently finished an art and design course, Pip went on to study photography at university but decided that it was the wrong medium. She still however has a love of photography and wishes to include some of her natural photography in this exhibiton.
Pip always starts her work by taking inspiration from nature and developing floral patterns. This is her first exhibition of large scale wall hangings inspired by fairy tales and children’s story books.
Pip has always enjoyed painting and drawing and prefers to work on fabric as she has a love of textiles and likes the way the work hangs.

'Into the Blue & Beyond' by Fiona Caley

PREVIEW: Sat 10th Aug 12-4pm

Continues until Fri 6th September (Thurs-Sat)

A series of photographs of the East Riding capturing the big skies, flat lands, open fields and the coastline revealing the nature of the land and seascape through the eyes of East Riding photographer Fiona Caley.  
Three years ago Fiona returned to the area where she grew up, and to the family farm perched on the coastal edge of the Holderness Plains. 'Into the Blue and Beyond' features selected photographs taken during that three year period. Taking the photographs of land, sea and the natural world Fiona then gives the subject a twist by converting them to blue using cyan and selenium blue. On some she has used filters which give the appearance of age and texture.
The inspiration for using only blues lies in Fiona's love of an early type of chemical darkroom photographic processing called Cyanotype used in the 19th and 20th century. Taking digital files Fiona works instinctively and intuitively, spending time on each image as if each were a painting. These are more than the moments spent taking the photographs, they represent the photographer’s love of a changing landscape and a coastline which one day will be under the sea, 'Into the Blue and Beyond'.
Please see the Learning page for more details of Fiona's 'Photography In Blue' workshop.

Artfuel Open Art Competition,

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham

Artfuel and Magna are working together to create an exciting Open Art Competition, to be sited in Magna Centre.

Magna Centre is a huge industrial building with vast amounts of space, from modern purpose built wood, glass, metal, and plastic, to industrial concrete, riveted steel and iron girders, to natural rock.Magna Centre is a huge industrial building with vast amounts of space, from modern purpose built wood, glass, metal, and plastic, to industrial concrete, riveted steel and iron girders, to natural rock.

We are looking for pieces of artwork that will fit in this industrial building without being overwhelmed. Pieces can be 2D or 3D, rigid or flexible, wall, ceiling or floor mounted, or projected images.

As this is an Open Art Competition, submission is limited to one entry per person at a cost of £10 for administration.

There will be a cash prize of £500 for the overall winning entry, plus a 12 month pass to Magna Centre and a chance to have a solo exhibition of your work at Artfuel.

Closing date for all entries has been extended to Friday 6th September via email.

Waterdale Boards Project

Artfuel are working with the Waterdale Centre to help transform this area into somewhere vibrant and exciting. The main thoroughfare will lead to CAST, the new performance venue opening in September, so artwork will be very visible to the public.
Artists are being challenged to come up with original, large scale artwork to be installed on boards now covering empty shop windows.
We are looking for proposals by Monday 10th June and the best finished board artwork will receive a £200 cash prize.
For more details and to enter, please email

'Sexhibition' by
Sue Caulfield & Glenn Davison

PREVIEW: Fri 31st May 4-8pm

Continues until Fri 28th June (Thurs-Sat)

This is an exciting oeuvre of contemporary fine art that is linked through the subjects of the human body form and pleasures of the flesh, which has been interpreted by Sue & Glenn.

The work has an eclectic range of mediums and styles from figurative to semi abstract, from painting to sculpture.
This is a challenging show and it is not an exhibition that would appeal to the easily offended.
This show is strictly over 18’s only.

'Space and Light' An Exhibition by abstract artist Dave Williams

PREVIEW: Sat 27th April 12-4

Continues until Fri 24th May (Thurs-Sat)

Dave Williams' main interests in painting are space and light. He creates large scale paintings by working on paper that he manipulates and sprays at acute angles to imitate light moving in a straight line. Then when the paper is stretched flat, there appear to be three dimensional qualities which sometimes seem to be photographic.
Dave's main influences in painting are early Chinese and Japanese landscape painting.
'Bend mountains there are many mountains; although they appear to be disconnected they are actually not.
'Bend trees there are more trees; although they appear to be joined together they are actually not.'

'Spring' An Exhibition by textiles artist Hilary Ansell

PREVIEW: Sat 23rd March 12-4

Sat 23rd March-Fri 19th April

Spring is traditionally thought of as a time of renewal and rebirth and all of Hilary's textile works give a new lease of life to a whole host of recycled materials.

Plastic carrier bags are prodded, woven and knitted to produce colourful wall hangings and artefacts. Similarly old clothing and household textiles are cut up and used to make new and colourful creations. Old envelopes and waste paper are the basis for new handmade papers on which to sew. Oddments of wools and yarns gathered and accumulated over the years are turned into woven tapestries.

Mark Holiday, Gullwick's Travels

Saturday 9th February - Friday 8th March 2013

Thurs-Sat 10am-4pm

In 2005 Mark Holiday was Invited to put on an exhibition in Lerwick in the Shetland Isles. During his stay, a publisher approached him and asked if he would be interested in writing and illustrating a children's book. Seven years later here is the result, a book and DVD, which is a first book in the series of Gullwick's Travels, 'Gullwick and the Sunset' - a tale to delight the child in all of us.

On a beautiful sunny morning, I first met Mark Holiday throwing stones like countless others, from a sea into an ocean. He'd come to the Shetland Isles as he'd been invited to do an exhibition in Lerwick and he told me he was keen to collect myths, legends and folk tales of these beautiful isles. I quietly smiled, sat him down with a mug of seaweed soup and I told him a few of my adventures. Several mugs of seaweed soup later and Mark's tatty old notebook was full to bursting with frantically scribbled accounts of my tales.


Artfuel Reveals Community Exhibition

Saturday 9th February - Friday 8th March 2013

Thurs-Sat 10am-4pm

Artwork produced from the January workshops will be displayed in a separate exhibition, along with photographs of the workshops in progress.

Cape UK Arts Award Logos

FREE Arts Award Information Session

Thursday 7th February 2013


Arts Award is a national accredited qualification which supports young people aged 7-25 to enjoy the arts, take part in arts activities and develop creative and leadership skills, and is used as a framework for activities around any art form in a variety of settings such as schools, colleges, youth clubs, arts centres, theatres or community groups.
Young people are supported by Advisers who can be teachers, teaching assistants, lecturers, youth workers, arts co-ordinators or arts professionals. Arts Award reflects many different interests and ambitions, respects individual development and helps young people to define their creative futures.

In partnership with Artfuel and Say Yes to Arts! we would like to invite you to our FREE Arts Award Information session. At this event our experts will be outlining what the Arts Award has to offer, showcasing case studies from across the region and providing an opportunity for you to find out the benefits and how to embed Arts Award into your organisation.

RSVP: Places are limited, please confirm your attendance by e-mailing name of attendees, organisation, e-mail addresses and telephone number to: or

0845 450 3700.

small ex hire 3

Studios Open Days

Thursday 10th January 2013 6.30-8.30pm

Saturday 12th January 2013 10am-4.30pm

Come on a tour of our lovely studio spaces at Doncaster's newest arts venue.
Small to large spaces from 9x9sqft to 16x48sqft for one-off, short or long term license.

Secure spaces with private parking. 24/7 access.
No need to book on either day, just turn up!

How to find us

Portland Place is accessed from Duke Street (drive/walk through archway), into Spring Gardens and towards the large public car park on the corner of Trafford Way. Artfuel is in the large brick building with towers, to the right of the car park.

Arts Council East Street Arts