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Arts Development

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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. We welcome applications from organisations that are not currently funded by arts@leeds, but the maximum amount that can be applied for by new applicants is £2500. For the application form and guidance notes please see the documents section. The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 13th October 2014.​

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 updated our database of funding sources for cultural and community projects for 2014. Please see the Documents section on this page

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is an internationally recognised day of commemoration, to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenhau. 

It was set up by the HMD Trust to commemorate all those who have been affected by the Holocaust and more recent genocides such as those in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. It encourages people to think about their own attitudes, behaviours and choices and the way they interact with others.

Every year, Leeds hosts its own HMD civic commemorative event, which is open to the public. The 2015 event is to be held on Sunday 25th January. ​​​​

Breeze Arts Festival

The 2014 Breeze Arts Festival took place from Sat 19 July to Sunday 27 July, and was packed full of activities, workshops and performances for 11 to 19 year olds. The festival was programmed by young people and took place in a variety of locations across the city centre. Please follow the link for further information about the festival. ​

Breeze Arts Festival

Light Night

The 2014 Light Night is on Friday 3 October. 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.

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 10:30 am:  27 September,  25 October and 29  November

Mondays at 2:30pm:  29 September, 27 October and 24 November at 2.30pm 

Early evening tours are taking place on the 4, 11 and 18 December at 4pm

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 around. The cost is £125. 

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.  ​​​​​


We are currently exhibiting a series of photos from Leeds Inspired projects. The exhibition is open to visit during Town Hall open hours. If you are interested in exhibiting, please use the contact us form on this page with your ideas.

How can I subscribe to your newsletter?

To subscribe to our quarterly 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

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