Enjoy an art exhibition and secret Santa at this Doncaster pub

The art on display by Doncaster artist David Venables at Doncaster Brewery and TapThe art on display by Doncaster artist David Venables at Doncaster Brewery and Tap
The art on display by Doncaster artist David Venables at Doncaster Brewery and Tap
The work of a local artist has gone on display in an exhibition at a Doncaster pub, allowing people to enjoy a pint and a picture together.

The work by local artist David Venables is on display and available to view at Doncaster Brewery and Tap, Young Street, town centre, in their upper room.

The exhibition was opened earlier this month by councillor Kevin Rodgers.

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He said David’s love for art, and Doncaster, was clear in the work he had produced.

“In my role as a district councillor, I met David in the historic Mansion House where he has lovingly restoring the gilt work inside the reception and taking time and care to painstakingly restore this historic building.

“In this exhibition you will see the same love and care for our town and its history.

“David has spent many years here capturing the character of this town and you will see it here in the miners, the men hauling coal at the canal and terraced homes where mothers are hanging their washing out. It's all here in these paintings, these renderings of Doncaster.”

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Kevin added that the pub was a perfect place to showcase David’s work.

Doncaster Brewery and Tap is a fitting environment for this exhibition. It is a community in divided times, and I can think of no better place to show these remembrances of Doncaster's vibrant history, so beautifully expressed.”

David’s artwork will be available to view until the end of Saturday, when the pub closes at 11pm.

If you would like to enjoy a drink with your loved ones and neighbours on Christmas Day, Doncaster Brewery and Tap will be open between 12pm and 5pm on Wednesday.

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There will be a secret Santa gift exchange at 3pm, and all are welcome to take part. Those who would like to join in are asked to take a wrapped present worth no more than £15 that would be suitable for both men and women. Everyone who takes a present will receive one in return.

To keep spirits high between Christmas and New Year, the bar will also be hosting an open folk session on Saturday, December 28, from 1pm to 5pm.

The event is open to those who play a musical instrument, sing or recite poetry or prose and want to share it with others.

People who just want to sit and listen are invited to go along and enjoy the music.