Children at one of the Right Up Our Street workshops with some of the poppies they’ve made

Community reflects on WWI with A Field of Poppies art project in Doncaster

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A community arts project A Field of Poppies run by Doncaster’s Arts Council funded Right Up Our Street involving hundreds of residents is set to go on show outside Balby library this month.

The poppies project has seen 650 people play a part in creating the arts installation which will be in pride of place in the Balby community for two weeks from September 26.

Kate Sully, arts supporter, who has led the project for Right Up Our Street said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on and the community have really come together and done themselves proud.

“We’ve seen 25 different community groups as well as individuals and run sessions at cafes, community events, care homes and all kinds of places to get people involved working on the project, making poppies out of a variety of different materials, colours and styles.

“This is a commemorative piece and is our take on a field of poppies. From school groups to community groups, we’ve had all age ranges involved in this amazing piece.”

After months of workshops and activities with the Balby community the poppies installation will breathe life into a familiar landscape in the area.

“The project is the culmination of the community working together in a creative and powerful way and is a poignant reflection on the centenary of World War One as well as other more recent conflicts,” added Kate.

Right Up Our Street is all about Doncaster people choosing, making, seeing and sharing cultural projects. Key partners are: darts (Doncaster Community Arts), Cast (Doncaster’s new theatre venue), DVAN (Doncaster Voluntary Arts Network) and DCLT (Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust).

For further information about this and other Right Up Our Street community based events visit


(from a press release)