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From 1990 to now - find out more about our journey

darts’ journey began in 1990.

We were a small project, initiated with funding from Doncaster Council and Yorkshire Arts. Our early days were spent tucked away on the first floor of Bentley Library. A dancer and a trainee administrator began work, bringing artists to schools, surgeries, community centres, care homes and venues across the borough. Soon, a folk music/arts worker, clerical support and trainee administrator joined the team and darts (Doncaster Community Arts) was born.

We quickly grew, becoming an independent organisation with a bigger staff team but retaining our focus on Doncaster and its people. We became a registered charity and company limited by guarantee in 1996 and then took on the incredible opportunity of purchasing a building of our own in 1997 with the help of National Lottery and European Regional Development Funds.

Our building, The Point, opened in May 1998. The award-winning restoration successfully combines Georgian townhouses with modern architecture. Since then, the building has been filled with all manner of creative activity and Doncaster people. In 2007, we had the opportunity to expand into the building next door and created a beautiful, double height contemporary gallery space.

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