What We Do
Funding for the arts in Leeds
Arts Development administrates two grant schemes with the following aims:
To CREATE opportunities for local people to take part in the cultural life of the city
To SUPPORT local artists and arts organisations working in communities
To PROMOTE partnership working within the arts and cultural sector
Leeds Inspired Grant Scheme
The Leeds Inspired grant scheme has been launched to support current 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.
arts@leeds Grant Scheme
The arts@leeds grant scheme is a longer term funding option. It is administered on a three year cycle, with the next date for applications in 2015.
Arts Development Initiatives
In order to increase residents' participation in the cultural life of the city and to raise young people's aspirations, we organise projects and events throughout the year. We aim to provide new opportunities where there are few and reach new audiences across the city. Alongside a full programme of events in Leeds Town Hall we present:
Light Night - 4 October 2013
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.
Town Hall tours
This tour is your chance to stand at the dock where prisoners once stood to hear their sentence, to descend the stone steps into the dank and dark prison cells below and climb the 203 steps to the top of the clock tower to see the clock itself. Get a view of Leeds unlike any other. In 2013, tours begin on 26th Jan and normally run on the last Monday and Saturday of each month.
Public Tours, £4 per person. To book your place please call City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801.
If you would like to book a private tour (£100 per group) please Contact us form on this page.
We wish to acknowledge and thank our partners for helping us to deliver such a valuable and broad range of opportunities to the people of Leeds. The team are always looking for new ways to encourage participation in the arts and promote partnership working so if you have an idea please use the Contact us form.
You can receive arts sector updates and information for arts organisations by signing up for the quarterly arts@leeds e-newsletter. To subscribe, please use the Contact us form.