Events and Exhibitions at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

See below for exhibitions at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and links to forthcoming exhibitions, art history lectures and life drawing sessions.

Current Exhibitions

Grunts and Grapples: 8th April - 2nd July

Curated by design historian Kerry William Purcell, Grunts & Grapples profiles the golden age of British wrestling from the 1950s until the 1990s. Wrestling was a central part of British national life in this period with iconic figures such as Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy appearing in hundreds of UK town halls and theatres night after night as well as featuring on TV.

Through posters, photographs, souvenirs and costumes, the exhibition reveals the origins of wrestling’s interplay of sport and spectacle and the development of personas. 

Dorothy Margaret Bramley: Botanical Illustrator. Until 23rd April

The latest exhibition in our Community Gallery brings together a wonderful series of botanical illustrations by local artist Dorothy Bramley, which are on loan from the Doncaster Naturalists’ Society.

The exhibition also includes samples of her published work in the South Yorkshire Plant Atlas, Wild Flowers of the Peak District and in a range of publications by the Doncaster Naturalists’ Society and the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union.


Forthcoming Exhibitions

Podules: 8th July - 9th September

A return to Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery for these amazing sculptures that you can climb into!


Art History Lectures by Rachel Holland-Hargreaves

Lectures start at 10.30 am and last for an hour and a half. Each lecture costs £5 to be paid at the museum reception and includes refreshments. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day and prepare to be educated and inspired.

Dates and topics:

Friday 5th May. Man’s Best Friend: The Dog in Art

A look at the way that man’s best friend has been depicted in art, including images by George Stubbs, Pierre Bonnard, Umberto Boccioni and David Hockney

Friday 9th June. Dot to Dot: Seurat and Pointillism 

George’s Seurat’s radical approach to colour mixing created shock waves in the art world. In this lecture we look at Seurat’s work, as well as his influence on subsequent artists.

Friday 7th July. Impressions of Steam: Atmospheric Images of the Railway in Art

Artists from Turner to Monet, and into the 20th century with Terence Cuneo, have been inspired by steam railways. In this lecture we bring together a group of the images that they created.


Life Drawing Sessions

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery host monthly life drawing sessions. During the sessions a variety of professional models are employed, and participants have the opportunity to use a range of different materials from pencil and charcoal to chalk pastel and oil paint. The sessions are aimed at all abilities, from the professional artist to the complete beginner, and take place in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Sessions times are 11am to 1pm and/or 2pm to 4pm (the morning session is repeated in the afternoon)

Materials are provided in the cost of the session as well as easels, paper and drawing boards. 

Forthcoming sessions:

20th may
17th June
15th July

Fees per workshop are £7.50 full fee or £5 concessions. Please note that tickets for life drawing sessions can now be purchased over the phone from Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery (phone 01302 734293), or purchased direct from the museum reception on Chequer Road. Tickets for life drawing sessions can be returned for a refund up to a week before the date of the event.

The Museum provides a limited range of materials but please feel free to bring your own.

Your Paintings

The Public Catalogue Foundation photographs and documents oil and acrylic painting held in public collections across the country.

To look at Doncaster's collection please go the Your Paintings web site

More information:

For further information please contact us:

  • email:
  • tel: 01302 734293
  • address: Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AE

More events 

For a full list of events in Doncaster, visit our Events A-Z page below.

Last updated: 13 April 2017 16:10:00