In 1969, an art tutor John O’Beirne and students Frank Jolly and Fay Erwin decided that Doncaster needed a place for people who were artists or were interested in art, to meet. A meeting on the evening of the25th November 1969 was advertised, inviting all members of the public. 17 people attended, and it was decided to form a group, so a President and a committee was elected, and so the D.T.A.GROUP was founded. Later altered to the D.T.A.SOCIETY.
In 1970 classes were commenced, the membership was increasing rapidly, and the 1st open art exhibition was held. A newsletter was produced, and over the years various venues were rented where classes, demonstrations, critiques, art exhibitions, workshops, and plein air outings, and social events were held. In 1986 the Council offered the Society the lease of the Old Shire Hall, and with the use of a Bi-centennial Grant, the Society had the hall refurbished in 1987 into a working area for the artists, and opened as splendid gallery and working studio on 19th March, 1988.
The D.T.A.S. at last had a home for its many members. Self- help days for members to meet and paint were then possible. An art library and a DVD library were added for members’ use and to enjoy.
The D.T.A.S. is a non-profit organisation, and offers low membership fees to encourage all members of the community to develop their artistic side, and provides the opportunity for both experienced and beginner artists to work in a congenial atmosphere in a well-appointed studio, during the day, evening, and at weekends.