Events and Exhibitions at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

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

Current Exhibitions

Good Vibrations: The Art of Colour. 13th January – 8th April 2018

Good Vibrations uses artworks from the collection of Doncaster Heritage Services to examine the many different ways that artists use colour. Including works by Ivon Hitchins, Frank Dobson and Graham Sutherland, the exhibition brings together over 70 artworks, many of which are not usually on public display.

Also included in the exhibition is a section on the science of colour, looking at how colour is created by light, and how the human eye works.

The exhibition has been created in partnership with Art Historian Rachel Hargreaves.

T.T.L. Camera Club Exhibition: 4th November – 14th January 2018

The latest exhibition in our Community Gallery is by member of the T.T.L. Camera Club.

The club includes a wide variety of members, of all ages and abilities, and their aim is to provide a friendly atmosphere where help can be given to any level and for members to enjoy all the activities that they offer.


Family Craft Activities at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery

Colourful Crafts: Thursday 15 February. 10.30am – 12.30pm

Learn all about light and colour at themed craft activities with Doncaster Museum's Education Team. 

Find out more about how we view colour, take part in fun experiments and get creative with colour-themed activities making puzzles, masks, mobiles and more!

£1.50 per child, accompanying adults free

1 hour maximum in busy periods - last admission 12pm

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.

Dates and topics:

Friday 19th January – COLOUR THROUGH TIME

From the Renaissance, through 17th Century Dutch art, to Impressionism and Pointillism, this lecture takes an overview of the way in which colour has been developed and used by artists.

Friday 9th February – GOOD VIBRATIONS: talk and tour

Join Rachel Holland-Hargreaves and Neil McGregor for a tour of the ‘Good Vibrations’ exhibition. Meet in the main gallery space at 10.30am. Please note that we will be walking round the exhibition.

Friday 16th February – THE SPECTRUM OF WHITE

From the purity of lilies in Renaissance annunciation scenes, to the Impressionists’ belief that white was never pure white, which they illustrated in their paintings of snow, white tablecloths and dresses, we will look at the way that the colour white interacts and relates with other colours.

Friday 16TH March – A SPLASH OF BLUE

From the profusion of Lapis Lazuli blue used in the Religious paintings of the Renaissance, to Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’, we will explore how blue has been used to convey solid objects and the transparency of water and sky.


Between 1904 and 1908 Andre’ Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Henri Matisse and the rest of the ‘Fauve’ group, portrayed landscapes in the South of France in bold and vibrant primary colours.

Life Drawing Sessions

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery host monthly life drawing sessions. The sessions are aimed at all abilities, 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.  Please note that the minimum age for attending these sessions is 16. 

Forthcoming sessions: 

  • 27 January
  • 24 February
  • 31 March
  • 14 April

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.

Forthcoming Exhibitions 

Janet Buckle: A Retrospective. 21st April – 1st July

An exhibition celebrating the work of Doncaster artist Janet Buckle.

Janet has been painting for over fifty years, and this show covers the whole of that period, bringing together a large selection of her pictures including work from public and private collections.

The subjects range from small intimate still-lives and vibrant flower studies, to large atmospheric paintings of the coal-mining landscape.

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

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Last updated: 16 January 2018 12:11:09