Artist captures year with 365 drawings in Doncaster

IT is a year's work packed into a single room.

Artist Dan Jones has spent 12 months creating a picture a day to map a history of the last year in Barnburgh and Harlington.

And now Dan, from Barnburgh, is sharing the result with the rest of Doncaster as the latest exhibition at The Point arts centre on South Parade.

He opened the display called Reconnection this week and it will continue into March 11.

Dan said: "This exhibition aims to reconnect people with the changes and natural beauty of their local environment and traditions, many of which are lost or go by unobserved due to the busy daily lives we all live."

His work comprises 365 drawings of the two villages, one made on each day in 2010, illustrating the changes in landscape, season and activity.

A gallery spokesman said: "Unlike taking photographs, drawing needs time and consideration to really observe and consider a place and what makes it unique. The artist has distilled this understanding into four sculptures, one for each season, which will be shown alongside the related drawings.

"When many areas of life are becoming increasingly digitised, it is important to encourage reconnection with the physical, whether that be the landscape, taking part in local customs or making by hand in a social group."

As well as being a significant art project, Reconnection has involved more than 100 people from Doncaster in sculpture making and drawing workshops.

Later in the spring the exhibition will move to St Peter's Church, Barnburgh, where there will be a gathering of everyone who has been involved in the project.

Dan works mainly in stone, and has exhibited in Dubai, South Korea, Cyprus and across the UK.

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