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We Are darts

We create art with people in Doncaster to improve life, learning & health

Two school children in red cardigans are being creative in the gallery at The Point, home of darts in Doncaster

Who are we?

We are darts.
We are Doncaster’s creative health charity – the largest participatory arts organisation in the UK.

What do we do?
darts creates art with people in Doncaster to improve life, learning and health.

We make high-quality, inclusive, creative experiences across the borough of Doncaster and collaborating with partners worldwide. Our programmes are open to everyone, particularly those who have the least access to the arts.

Our Purpose
Our purpose is for anyone in Doncaster to learn and connect by taking part in the arts.

Our Mission
Our mission is for everyone to feel an accepted and valued part of the community, creating a healthier and more connected society.

Our Values
• Create: Making art allows us to see ourselves and the world differently
• Include: Everyone has a place and a voice
• Connect: Coming together to make art builds a sense of community
• Respond: We listen, adapt and act
• Evolve: Learning informs practice, improving the experience for all

Our services are:
Arts & Education – Every child in Doncaster takes part in great art and cultural experiences which inspire learning, build confidence and develop communication

Arts & Health – Every person in Doncaster takes part in creative experiences to build and maintain good health and wellbeing

Our approach

Our experiences are always designed for the purpose of those taking part. We are person-led. Our sessions and artists respond to our participants’ needs collaboratively using co-design. We go through the creative process together. In a way that suits you.

The arts are a proven way to help improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We focus on arts and education and arts and health. The creative experience is the value. The life improvement is the added extra.

We work with long term partners, delivering programmes that respond directly to Doncaster’s health and educational inequalities. We aim to develop models that can be scaled up for all to access and to make whole system change.

darts is a trusted and experienced professional partner, inspiring and developing the role of arts and creativity in public service together with our participants and collaborators. Designing and delivering over 30 years of experiences in arts and health and education. We create in Doncaster and collaborate with the world.

darts. The art of taking part.

The Point in Doncaster, home of darts, A large white building with bright, colourful signage

Our home

The Point is our home – it is a purpose-built arts centre in the middle of Doncaster to make and share art.

We have:

A light-filled gallery

Creative workshop spaces

Café and gardens

We are a friendly welcoming building where lots of creative activity happens and a regular programme of family-friendly and world-class exhibitions, events and activities.

It’s more than a place to just come and see. It’s about coming together and being a part in the arts. It’s about the doing. For everyone to have a safe place to come to and feel comfortable to express themselves, learn and connect.

A group.

An experience.

A dance.

A choir.

A performance.

An exhibition.

A song.

A community.

 

 

Older adults play kazoos at our Singing for Memory sessions for adults with dementia and their carers
"I’ve tried Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, counselling, anti-depressants and nothing has worked until now…this [darts-led activity] is the only thing that works for me."

arts and health

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