River Don's Revamp

15 February 2018

This February it was time for our young people to get creative! Over the course of of 5 days, young people with a passion for art geared up as they spray painted the Crimpsall Sluice. A youth art project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of Don Catchment Rivers Trust's 'Living Heritage of the River Don' project.

To encourage the young people to get involved with the Youth Art project we brought along local artist, Chris Swain, in hope that it will influence their creative flow. It’s fair to say from what we have seen of the final piece; their plan was certainly a success. The participants were not afraid to get their hands dirty; using stencils created by Chris Swain himself and going free hand using the spray can to produce a piece of work that is personal to them. We have seen a transformation from a wall that was vandalised and unloved, to a fantastic piece of art the whole community can appreciate.

Bringing local young people together and adding a touch of vibrancy to the Crimpsall sluice; the Don Catchment Rivers Trust aims to reconnect communities back to the river Don and it's rich cultural, natural and industrial heritage.

If your intrigued to see the talent our young people from Doncaster have showcased, then visit the Crimpsall Sluice at the River Don! We would also like to see the images the Doncaster public have snapped themselves, so don’t be shy, share your appreciation on twitter with @EXPECT_Youth and @DonCatchmentRT using the hashtag #DoncasterArt.

If you are someone who is dedicated to improving their community and would like the chance to give back; the Doncaster Catchment Rivers Trust are holding many volunteer programmes over Spring and Summer. See the attached leaflets below to find out more and how you can get involved or visit their website https://dcrt.org.uk/events-calendar.

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