The story of darts and The Point – and a new look for us!
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.
The Point is open to all, with a café, workshop spaces, meeting spaces and office space.
The gallery is always free to enter and has around six high quality exhibitions every year.
More recently, we have welcomed other organisations to base themselves at The Point alongside darts.
Active Fusion, Doncaster Music Service, EXPECT Youth and South Yorkshire Women’s Aid currently call The Point their home and the building is a hub of passionate people working hard to deliver fantastic engagement activity for Doncaster.
So what’s next?
In 2020, darts will be 30 years old!
This is a huge milestone and we plan to celebrate all year long, as well as raising the profile of the things we do best.
We are planning some physical changes to the building – our visitors tell us that the front is in urgent need of a coat of paint and the reception area is not accessible or welcoming enough.
We want to encourage more people in with more effective external signage and – once inside – provide better internal signage to help people get to where they need to be. We are also going to refresh our brand.
Working with the excellent Eleven Design, and in collaboration with our staff, trustees, volunteers and participants, we’ll be launching a new look early in the new year.
How can you get involved?
Paint the Point – this is our fundraising campaign for the capital changes to the building. Help us raise the money we need by making a donation in person at The Point, or online through our website here. Any amount makes a huge difference – you can even set up a monthly direct debit to support us into the future.
Tell Your Story – we want to hear your memories – either of engaging in darts’ activities or visiting The Point.
Were you wowed by the gigantic elephant at the Sandhouse exhibition?
Did you get stuck into glitter and glue at a nursery based Leaping Imaginations session?
Were you part of Quirky Choir at its inaugural ‘Ghosts of Number 16’ performance to launch The Point?
Did you bring your children to Art Adventures or Jingle, Jangle, Snap and Clap?
Whatever your link to darts and The Point, we want to hear from you. Send your stories to Adrian@thepoint.org.uk
darts has plenty going on at The Point and across the borough for people of all ages!