Creative, Cultural and Digital

Creativity and technology are fusing, and we are seeing a cultural revolution in Doncaster

We are witnessing important structural changes in the economy of the borough. One of the most exciting advances is the growth of the creative, cultural, and digital sector. Emerging alongside our long-established sectors such as rail and engineering, digital technology clusters are growing, and the creative and cultural scene is being transformed. This dynamic change is putting the building blocks in place to help facilitate rapid economic growth.

Drone image of Cultural Quarter at night

Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural quarter is home to the impressive Doncaster Gallery Library and Art Gallery, which provides a high-quality education space with training, meeting, and conference facilities. Here you will also find the new Savoy Cinema and the Cast theatre; a creative hub that opportunities for local and regional artists to realise their ideas. The voice of the creative community is heard loud and proud through organisations such as Doncaster Creates, Sine FM, TX1 Radio, Darts (Doncaster Community Arts), Creative Doncaster, Doncopolitan and DCLT.

Incubators, hubs, networking opportunities and co-working spaces.

These are all part of the new generation of facilities for creative and digital start-ups. They include C-View, the Helm, Queens Road Design Centre and Workhere. There is a highly collaborative ecosystem throughout the borough, thanks to competitive property and staff costs, a supportive business environment and a pipeline of people with digital skills available locally.

Doncaster UTC

Cutting-edge digital qualifications in creative media production, games design, cyber security, website design, IT support, social media, animation, film, TV, fine art, illustration, and graphic design are available from local education providers including Doncaster UTC, the Lightforge Academy, Doncaster College and New College. Digital techniques using Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and gaming are now being used to provide training and virtual simulation experiences for the more traditional sectors such as manufacturing and aviation.

Local companies such as Prox & Reverie provide business with access to multi reality experience and the use of a cutting-edge experiential studio which uses Reality Convergence Volume (RCV) for enhanced simulation and industrial applications. The Wayne Sables Project provides commercial film making services, digital events, digital installations, and live streaming of events.

Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, and expansion of the Internet of Things (IOT) is happening right here in Doncaster.

We are seeing the development of an increasingly enterprising economy, built on technology, creativity, collaboration, and innovation.

Advanced digital infrastructure, combined with excellent physical links by road, rail, air, and sea, allows us to lead modern lives and enables businesses to reach new markets. Improved connectivity across the borough, including high speed broadband and 5G provides reliable digital connectivity. This enables the rapid transfer of information, which has become even more important as blended home/office working is now the norm for many organisations.

Doncaster has its sights firmly set on being known as a truly creative, innovative, passionate, and digitally well-connected place to do business.

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Last updated: 13 October 2021, 09:24