International street artists to transform hoardings surrounding the historic Corn Exchange

The hoardings surrounding Doncaster’s Grade II listed Corn Exchange are set to be transformed into an eye-catching art exhibit next week thanks to the artistic talent of Doncaster born artist SP Zero 76 and Kid Crayon.

Both SP Zero 76 and Kid Crayon are internationally renowned illustrators and street artists currently based in Bristol. From Monday 17 July, they will be bringing the uninspiring boards to life with their interpretation of Doncaster through the ages.

Working with Doncaster Council and Doncopolitan, the boards will use illustrations to tell a brief history of the whole borough. It will feature ‘Danum’ the name given to Doncaster in Roman times, Conisbrough Castle, the award winning market, coal mining, St George’s Minster, the St Leger, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Tour de Yorkshire, the National College of High Speed Rail and Yorkshire Wildlife Park to name just a few. There will be something for everyone in the intricate design.

SP Zero 76 and Kid Crayon will complete the design installation in a number of phases. The first phase will begin on17 July and last for a week. They will both then return later in August to complete the artwork.

To complement the design of Doncaster through the ages, the council are working with Doncaster College students and market traders to show what the market has to offer and to capture its atmosphere. Photos will be taken of the traders with their produce, which will be enlarged and attached to the hoardings.  

Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said: “The designs we have seen from SP Zero and Kid Crayon are fantastic and really depict the changes that Doncaster has been through over the decades. It is not every day that Doncaster has internationally renowned street artists displaying their talents in Doncaster.

“We have worked very closely with them both to ensure we get the right style and look for the design, something that will complement the historic Grade II listed Corn Exchange. We hope that people will come along and see the finished designs, gain some understanding about Doncaster’s rich heritage, whilst also seeing how much it has changed and our vision of Doncaster’s future. We are confident the hoardings will become another visitor attraction in our town centre.”

SP Zero 76, said: “It is great that I have been given the opportunity to display my art work in my home town. When I was given the brief of depicting Doncaster through the ages I thought this was a great approach and really gave me something to work with. This has been a great project to work on and I hope that I have created something for everyone in the design.”

SP Zero 76 has a varied portfolio, which includes magazine art, wall art, album covers, flyers, corporate illustration, children’s trading cards and t-shirt designs. He has also worked for some big organisations including, Lamborghini, Samsung, BBC and Red Bull.

Since October 2016 the Corn Exchange has been under construction to make full repairs to the weather worn masonry and the roof of the building. Plans are also in place to redevelop Doncaster Market. More than £3million of Sheffield City Region SCRIF funding has been secured by Doncaster Council to revamp the jewel in the crown of the town centre, the award winning market place. The aim is to transform the market area into a vibrant and bustling location all week long and into the evenings.

For further information about the redevelopment work taking place in the market visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/marketstransformation 

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Last updated: 17 July 2017 10:48:05