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The Arts Development Team runs a funding scheme and a programme of cultural events throughout the year.
Our aim is to:
  • CREATE opportunities for local people to take part in the cultural life of the city;
  • SUPPORT local artists and arts organisations working in communities; and
  • PROMOTE partnership working within the arts and cultural sector.

arts@leeds grant scheme

The arts@leeds grant scheme is a longer term funding option. It is administered on a three year cycle.  Applications for the 2015 to 2018 cycle opened on the 14 August 2014 and closed at midnight on Monday 13th October 2014. For an example application form and guidance notes please see the documents section.​

Leeds Inspired grant scheme

The Leeds Inspired grant scheme has been launched to support new projects or create new work for the city’s vibrant cultural programme. All events are featured on the Leeds Inspired website, which is fast becoming the go-to guide for planning your free time in Leeds. You can download information about how to apply from the Leeds Inspired website (see external links section). There are a variety of grants offered on a rolling system, with up to £15,000 available. Please see the website for application deadlines.

Leeds Inspired

What other funding is available?

The Arts Development team have a database of funding sources for cultural and community projects. Please see the Documents section on this page

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and of other genocides.  2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia.   

The 2015 Civic Remembrance Event took place on Sunday 25 January, 2pm at Leeds Town Hall The Headrow Leeds, LS1 3AD 

The Lord Mayor of Leeds and hundreds of local people spent an afternoon of commemoration in response to the international Holocaust Memorial Day theme of Keep the Memory Alive. 

This year’s event included an exhibition from Pyramid of Arts, a theatre performance by young people, a keynote speech from Adam Strickson (Teaching Fellow, University of Leeds and Trustee of 6 million +), candle lighting, and a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by the Chairman of Bradford Synagogue, Rudi Leavor. 

Information about the 2016 event will be posted later in the year.

Breeze Arts Festival

Saturday 18 to Saturday 25 July 2015
Breeze Arts Festival is an exciting festival of events for Leeds, with eight days packed full of activities for 11-19 year olds, celebrating the creativity of young people across the city, programmed by young people for young people!

Full programme details for 2015 coming soon.​

Breeze Arts Festival

Light Night

A spectacular city-wide event featuring performance, installations, music and dance. For one evening, Leeds’ artists pool their talents in the city centre, exhibiting and performing their work on the streets and squares and in venues not usually open to the public. 

The 2015 Light Night event will take place on Friday 9th October, more information will be posted later in the year.

If you would like to be added to our Light Night mailing list, please use the Contact us form on this page. ​​​​

Light Night Leeds

Leeds Town Hall Tours

Town Hall Tours take place on the last Saturday and Monday of each month, where you can see Victoria Hall, the old courtroom, prison cells and the view from the top of the Clocktower. Tickets must be booked in advance on 0113 224 3801. 

Tickets £4.50 

Saturdays at 10.30am - 31st Jan, 28th Feb, 28th March, 25th April, 30th May, 27th June and 25th July

Mondays at 2.30pm - 26th Jan, 23rd Feb, 30th March, 27th April, 29th June and 27th July

We also offer private tours at a time and date to suit you, so if you’re interested in the Town Hall or fancy doing something different then we can take groups of up to 25 on the tour. The cost is £115, please contact Abigail.mitchell2@leeds.gov.uk​​ for further details.

Please note: for those unable to ascend the clock tower stairs an audio-visual presentation will be available on advance request. If the weather is particularly bad we are unable to take people to the outside of the clock tower.  ​​​​​​​

Lunchtime Talks

All talks are 12.30pm to 1.30pm and tickets are free, to book please call 0113 2476419 or email arts@leeds.gov.uk​

The new talks programme will begin in Autumn 2015, please check back for details or sign up to our mailing list. ​


A Little Bit of History – a photographic exhibition by Little London Arts is on display in Leeds Town Hall on the main staircase. The display is open to the public during building opening hours, Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm.

A Little Bit of History is a Heritage Lottery funded project undertaken by Little London Arts from 2010 to 2014.  The aims were to discover, rediscover and share aspects of the history of the area through the experience of residents and former residents. The project was carried out through a mix of local research, interviews, drop-in sessions and various events.  This photographic display features some of the images from the book that was published at the end of the project.
The project was carried out by community based organisation LLA - Little London Arts with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. LLA also receives support from Leeds City Council through the arts@leeds scheme.

Arts Development Newsletter

The Arts Development newsletter is sent quarterly via email. It contains information on funding and training opportunities and is a good source of information about the Leeds cultural scene. To subscribe to our newsletter and receive arts sector updates please use the Contact us form. For the latest edition, please see the Documents section on this page.​

Breeze Culture Network

Do you work with children, young people and/or families in Leeds?

Register online at and join a huge network of cultural organisations and artists, sports bodies and coaches, schools and colleges, voluntary and community groups and local authority departments all with one thing in common - they all work positively with children/young people/families in Leeds. There's a huge directory, an active targeted messaging system constantly circulating information about events, activities, opportunities and news for children and young people AND the people who work (and volunteer) with them, plus a direct link to Breezeleeds.org which means you can promote what you do directly to children and young people in Leeds on their events diary, news and facebook. Everyone on BCN has provided basic safeguarding and quality of provision criteria to guarantee you are networking with people in the know, working directly with your target audience - big or small. ​​​​

Breeze Culture Network

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life. 

For 2015, due to the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition taking place across the Heritage Open Day weekend, Leeds Town Hall will be unable to open its doors to the public. For more information about our year round guided Town Hall tours please see Leeds Town Hall Tours section. For more information about the buildings that are open across the 2015 weekend please visit their website. ​​

Heritage Open Days website

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