Trio of arts projects coming to Bentley

Members of Right Up Our Street.
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A trio of arts projects have been commissioned to take place in Bentley.

The three schemes will take shape throughout the year and are being led by the Right Up Our Street project to increase community involvement in the arts.

The Shed, VE Day Celebration and The Armchair are all schemes which aim to involve residents.

Elaine Hirst, co-director at Doncaster Community Arts, a lead partner of Right Up Our Street, said: “Following a consultation with the Bentley community and artists from different areas we are delighted that these three very different exciting projects have been commissioned by Right Up Our Street to take place this year.

“The Shed has already seen the Bentley community helping artist Dan Jones to create a unique touring space for Bentley and beyond. This is a shed unlike any other. What might look like an ordinary wooden hut is actually a flexible tardis like curiosity which can adapt and transform into many different guises.

“People may see a performance in there or and exhibition or workshop. The shed will be crafted and artistically realised within the next few months.”

In May, the quirky and entertaining dancer duo Spilt Milk will perform a new piece of original dance at Bentley’s very own VE Day party, which will echo the street parties that happened in 1945.

Spilt Milk will work with various groups in Bentley to collect stories about people’s experiences of VE day to inspire their new work.

Elaine added: “This fantastic duo are also looking to recruit some, new to dance, participants to help perform in Bentley, so if you ever fancied trying out dance, this could be your chance.”

The third project will see artist Jacqui Symons working with the community to create a bespoke ‘Armchair for Bentley’. Through a series of workshops or drop in sessions Jacqui will share skills in different crafts and learn stories and experience of the village.

The finished armchair will be made by and belong to Bentley and it is envisaged that is could be used in a variety of different ways.

Elaine said: “We hope that the local community will work with the different artists to share their stories and get their voices heard through these creative and fun projects.”

To find out more and to get involved visit www.rightupourstreet.org.uk