A group of artists came together in an empty shop unit in Waterdale for a presentation by the artist Chinwe Russell who proposed to open an art gallery in the cultural quarters of Doncaster. 40 artists were present at this historic meeting such as Andy Hollinghurst, Becky Rydel, Richard Appleby, Phil Searle, Terry Chipp, and several others.
From that initial meeting, over 20 artists signed up to collaborate on the project which would give local artists a dedicated gallery space to show their work and participate in both national and international art events.
England went into lockdown because of Covid-19 Pandemic however, the project discussions and planning went ahead. The unit which the artists considered originally was discarded when the Doncaster Council suggested the use of the old library as a potential gallery space.
It was decided that given the nature of the project, a charity status would be the best way forward for the new gallery. The initial trustees were appointed: Chinwe Russell, Richard Appleby, Terry Chipp, and Andy Hollinghurst.
Over the next few months, these trustees, discussed, planned and successfully registered the projects as the D31 Art Gallery with the charity commission.
The first fund raising for the project was successfully done to help to kickstart the project.
While the discussions were ongoing for the gallery to be installed at the old library, it was suggested by the council that the project could be started initially in Scot Lane while waiting for the pandemic to be over and for the library to become available.
The lease to 13 Scot Lane was acquired and work began to turn it into a gallery space. The artists moved into 13 Scot Lane and started preparing for the first exhibition.
Founder and CEO
Chinwe Russell is a Nigerian-born British artist and curator with nearly 30 years of professional experience across many industries and geographies. Her CV encompasses Banking and Finance; Business Management and Development; Community Development; PR and Marketing; Training and Consultancy. She has developed her own Cosmetic and Skincare brand, while at the same time forging a successful career as professional artist. In addition to developing her own thriving art practice, Chinwe has brought her passion, energy, and creativity to bear on revitalising the visual arts sector in her adopted town of Doncaster.
Identified as a “Raw Talent” by the Yorkshire-based Arts& organisation, she was invited to exhibit in their 2018 exhibition in York. She has been a finalist at the Global Arts Awards, was selected for the Other Art Fair’s “Not 30% Project” and her work is featured in the Saatchi Online Gallery. Her work was selected for the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in 2019.
Her passion to make a difference to the lives of people through the arts, led her to establish the Doncaster Art Fair. Its aims are to give opportunities to artists working in the town to show and sell their works, as well as giving the general public the chance to see and buy art works developed within their own community.
Chinwe is passionate about her new role at the gallery where she hopes her passion will see the project firmly established in the town.
MAKE OUR HOUSE YOUR HOME
D31 Art Gallery is excited to announce that our gallery is now available for artist residency.
Display your work in our Doncaster based gallery for just £100.00 per month and receive a wealth of benefits, including;
Promotion through D31 social media channels
Feature on our website
Opportunity to receive commissions
Every season our artists create a special body of work which goes on tour in the UK and beyond. Our touring exhibition covers a wide range of themes from history, people places and cultures, to government, immigration, environments and so much more.
Our tour collections are available for hire for various uses such as that special board meeting, for museums and galleries, for educational establishment and so on.
Contact us to discuss hiring any of of tourist.