our ambassadors and patrons
Our Patrons and Ambassadors do an amazing job of spreading the word about our work and supporting us in so many ways!
Rosie Winterton is Member of Parliament for Doncaster Central Ward. She has been one of our longest standing supporters, helping us in all manner of ways from launching exhibitions to championing our work nationally. Recently, Rosie volunteered to be filmed for our Rebel Daughters exhibition celebrating 100 years of votes for women. See the whole film here.
Doncaster-born top model Samantha Rollinson is our Young People’s Ambassador.
As a young successful person from Doncaster, Samantha provides the young people of Doncaster with a positive role model. Described as ‘fashion’s favourite new face’ by The Guardian, she has appeared on the front cover of famous publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and has modelled for brands including Burberry, Chanel and Prada.
To help you get to know our ambassador, we did a little Q&A with Sam – read on to find out what she has to say!
What was life like growing up in Doncaster?
I had a very happy childhood in Doncaster, I lived in Bessacarr and went to Willow primary and then Hall Cross. I always enjoyed school so I have really fond memories of it. Most of my free time was spent dancing at Riley’s in the evenings, having sleepovers or going on holiday to Newquay with my family in the summer.
How did you get into modelling?
I went to the clothes show with my mum when I was 13 and got scouted by Select. Went in to meet them in London and was signed by them, did a few shoots while I was still at school and when I was 18 I decided to move to London to do it full time rather than go to uni.
What do the arts and culture mean to you?
I grew up dancing with The Rileys school of dance and performing arts and it was a huge part of my life, it was so much fun and I had a great little group of mates there. It definitely gave me the confidence to be in front of a camera now when I was on stage at a young age doing dance competitions.
Do you have any particular arts and culture interests?
I occasionally go to ballet classes now in London at Pineapple dance studios just as a hobby, I also enjoy going to west end shows and the ballet as well. I’m an avid reader of fiction and I’m currently doing an Open University Arts and Humanities degree specialising in Philosophy and Religion. I also love rock/ indie music so love going to gigs as well.
How do you think that the arts and culture can impact on the young people of Doncaster?
I think it can be really helpful, growing up dancing myself I think it gave me the confidence that I have today.
What made you decide to support darts?
When they reached out to me I was over the moon, I’m very proud of being from Doncaster and if I can do anything to help the young people from there then I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.