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Arts Development

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.

There are many ways to get involved with the key cultural events that we organise throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering or would like further information on how to get involved, please see our ​Cultural volunteering opportunities document (PDF 276KB)​.

Click to expandarts@leeds grant scheme

Application forms and guidance notes for the arts@leeds 2018-22 grant round can be found at​

Click to expandLeeds 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

Click to expandWhat 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

Click to expandBreeze Arts Festival

The festival will be planned, programmed and organised with help from the Breeze Arts Festival management team, a group of young people aged 11-16.


Breeze Arts Festival website

Click to expandHolocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 – How Can Life Go On?

A programme of events to commemorate The Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.​​​​

The Civic Commemorative Event took place in the Victoria Hall of Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 22nd January at 2.00pm and was a chance for people to join together in remembrance. This year’s theme was “How can life go on?” and will featured a key note speech by Fabian Hamilton MP, and included a performance of ‘Light the Dark’, directed by Ruth Cooper and performed by The Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers group.

The event also included music performed by members of the Clothworkers Consort of the University of Leeds; reading of the seven statements of commitments with candle lighting; and a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by the Chairman of Bradford Synagogue, Rudi Leavor.

Click to expandLight 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.

Light Night 2017
Thursday 5th & Friday 6th October

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

Click to expandLeeds 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 Clock Tower. Tickets must be booked in advance on 0113 224 3801.  

Public tours available on the last Saturday and Monday of the month. 


May - Saturday 27 10.30am, No Monday tour due to Bank Holiday

June - Saturday 24 10.30am, Monday 26 2.30pm

July - Saturday 29 10.30am, Monday 31 2.30pm

August - Saturday 26 10.30am, Monday 28 2.30pm

September - Monday 25 2.30pm, Saturday 30 10.30am

October - Saturday 28 10.30am, Monday 30 2.30pm

November - Saturday 25 10.30am, Monday 27 2.30pm

Tickets: £4.50 advance booking essential, call 0113 376 0318 or visit the City Centre Box Office in Leeds Town Hall.

We are also able to offer private tours for groups at a date/time to suit you. Tours are £115 and can take up to 26 people. Please call the Arts Development office on 0113 378 7192 for more information and to book.

Please note: for those unable to ascend the clock tower stairs an audio visual presentation will be available on advance request. Access to the clock tower and outside the clock tower is subject to weather conditions, if the weather is particularly bad we retain the right to remove this part of the tour for safety reasons.


Please see the Documents section for an e-flyer for our Behind the Lions activity, including listings for all talks, tours and exhibitions.

More information is available in the Behind the Lions Brochure.​​​​​​​​​

Behind the Lions flyer (opens as a PDF)

Click to expandLunchtime Talks

Lunchtime Talks are free lunchtime cultural heritage talks delivered in partnership with Leeds University’s Brotherton Library, Leeds Central Library and Arts Development. The talks, given by people who work with the special collections, will reveal some of the remarkable objects that form our cultural heritage which the Brotherton collects and makes accessible, for both the university and the public.

Please go to the documents section to view an online version of the Behind the Lions brochure.​​​​​

Click to expandExhibitions

Reception Gallery: Postcards of Leeds

An exhibition of Leeds through the ages from a selection of postcards selected from the Leodis archive.

Staircase Gallery: Leeds Music History Project

The first new exhibition of 2017 will launch in January and will highlight the Leeds Music History Project, presenting new and archive images from the music scene in Leeds.

Behind the Lions flyer

Click to expandArts 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.​

Click to expandBreeze 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 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

Click to expandHeritage 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. ​

Heritage Open Days website

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