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

Doncaster Art Club: 8th July - 9th September

Our annual exhibition by members of the Doncaster Art Club

Podules: 8th July - 9th September

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

XP School Art Exhibition: Are We Really Free to Choose?
22nd July-3rd September

A colourful and thought-provoking display by year 9 students who attend XP School in Doncaster. The paintings in the exhibition are the outcome of a project which asked the students to answer the question ‘Are we really free to choose’.

To produce their images they have taken inspiration from Pop Art, in particular the paintings of Roy Lichtenstein.

The Royal Society’s Local Heroes Exhibition: Dean R. Lomax – A Local Science Hero!
Wednesday 21st June – Saturday 16th September 2017.

Our temporary exhibition celebrates a modern day local hero - Doncaster born Dean Lomax, a palaeontologist and honorary scientist at the University of Manchester. The exhibition tells the story from Dean’s dinosaur loving childhood, through to his current success as an award winning palaeontologist. 

Local Heroes Exhibition Events

  • Local Heroes Launch Day: Saturday 1st July. 10:30 - 16:00.
    Celebrate the launch of our Local Heroes Exhibition. Featuring talks, crafts, handling tables and an appearance by our baby T. rex (at 12.00 and 15.30)
    Talk: 'Adventures of a Palaeontologist Making Dreams Reality' by Dean Lomax
    Talk 1: 11:00-12:00. Book your ticket here
    Talk 2: 2.30pm-3.30pm. Book your ticket here.
    Talks are free to attend but tickets will be required for entry. Book your tickets using the Eventbrite links above (avaiable from 9th June).
  • Local Heroes Exhibition Family Day: Thursday 27th July. 11:00 - 15:00.
    Come along to a family themed event to celebrate our Royal Society's Local Hero Exhibition. Includes handling tables, an appearance by our baby T.rex (at 12:30 and 15:00) and craft activities.
    Craft activities are free but spaces are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult

  • Local Hero Exhibition Closing Event: Saturday 16th September, 10:00 - 16:00.
    Come along and celebrate the closing of the exhibition. Including crafts, handling tables and the following: 
    Meet Dean Lomax- 11:00-12:00
    Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite from Friday 25th August, link to follow.
    Fossil Identification Session: 13:30-16:00
    Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite from Friday 25th August, link to follow.

To find out more about any of these events please call Reception on 01302 734293.


Summer Family Activities

Festival of Archaeology open day at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 22nd July 2017, 11am until 3:45pm

Free event for public.

Come along and help us celebrate our local Archaeology with a range of hands on activities, displays and a talk.

There are lots of free demonstrations and hands on activities to get involved with including an iron smelt, flint knapping, pottery making, crafts, dressing up, hands on investigations and artefact handling tables. There will also a number of stalls including face painting, sweets and ice cream. Find out more about this event on the Archaeology Festival website.

Egyptians: Thursday 3rd August: 10:30-12:30

Come along to learn about the Ancient Egyptians by taking part in some make and take paper crafts, as well as getting the opportunity to handle some Egyptian artefacts and replicas!

Crafts include; masks, models, mobiles, puzzles and more!

Evolution: Thursday 10th August: 10.30-12.30

Come learn more about Evolution by taking part in some make and take paper crafts, playing a sorting game and getting to handle some natural history specimens.

Crafts include; models, mobiles, baskets puzzles and more!

Cost of sessions is £1.50 per child, accompanying adults free. There is a limit of 1 hour maximum at busy periods


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 22nd September: From Russia with a Paint Brush

In the first lecture of our autumn season we take a look at a range of Russian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.  With styles progressing from realism to abstract, and subjects representing Russian culture and landscape. The lecture Includes artists from Levitan & Repin, Kandinsky & Malevich.

Friday 20th October: Toulouse Lautrec

An exploration of the world of this Post-Impressionist artist, who famously depicted the nightlife of Paris and Montmartre through paintings and posters. His trademark caricature style captured the atmosphere and performers of venues like the Moulin Rouge.

Friday 17th November: Railway Posters: History Heritage and Architecture

The world of 1920s and 1930s railway posters is colourful and diverse, inspiring nostalgic enthusiasm for journeys to a plethora of destinations. In this lecture we explore the way in which the railways promoted destinations of historical interest, from cathedrals to castles and costume.

Friday 8th December: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Join us for a seasonal look at a variety of images which invoke the greetings of the season.


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:

Dates for sessions between September and December will be announced shortly.

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.

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
Last updated: 21 July 2017 17:37:34