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)​.



Arts Development NewsletterArts Development Newsletter<div class="ExternalClassF43545320AC647C889139E90036ABB90"><p>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 <strong>Contact us form</strong>.​​<br></p><br></div>
arts@leeds Programmearts@leeds Programme<div class="ExternalClass2D434BBC51434F628D1317AE3DD9575C"><p>The arts@leeds programme provides support for cultural, voluntary and community organisations to provide opportunities for residents from across the city to engage in cultural activity as a participant, an attendee or a creator. The arts@leeds 2018 – 2023 Programme consists of 3 different strands: Engagement, Development and Investment. More information about the programme can be found at <a rel="external" href=""></a>.</p></div>
Breeze Culture Network, Breeze Culture NetworkBreeze Culture Network<div class="ExternalClass97AE3AB552464CF3B8A099C0910409FF">Do you work with children, young people and/or families in Leeds?<br><span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span><br> 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. ​​​​</div>
Exhibitions, Behind the Lions flyerExhibitions<div class="ExternalClassA597C559390648BE899A1B9D875C44D6"><ul class="list list-bullet"><li>Reception Gallery: Postcards of Leeds</li><li>An exhibition of Leeds through the ages from a selection of postcards selected from the Leodis archive</li><li>Staircase Gallery: Northern Ballet</li><li>The final exhibition of 2017 showcases one of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring ballet company in the UK. As the Company approaches its 50th anniversary year in 2019-20, and Artistic Director David Nixon OBE prepares to celebrate 20 years with the Company in 2021, this exhibition showcases images from some his most popular Northern Ballet works. With photographs from the archive, and from recent performances, enjoy some of Northern Ballet’s finest moments</li><li>Crush Bar Gallery: Humans of Leeds</li><li>This photographic exhibition by Humans of Leeds challenges and undermines negative views of foreigners, and celebrates the movement of people. From those who have moved to the city from other parts of Britain, to those who have fled their own countries seeking freedom or a better life, ‘humans’ are presented as migratory and exploratory by their very nature. The photographer behind the project, who prefers to remain anonymous, was determined to capture this bigger picture by focusing on the smaller stories of individuals. Supported by Leeds Inspired. Until Feb 2018</li></ul> ​​</div>
Heritage Open Days, Heritage Open Days websiteHeritage Open Days<div class="ExternalClass0675471A1A5940ED86162743FE6DCC5A">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. ​</div>
Holocaust Memorial DayHolocaust Memorial Day<div class="ExternalClass180B814FFC2046CC8D3FAF3DFD8B24AF"><p><strong>Holocaust Memorial Day 2018</strong></p><p>Civic rememberance Event<br> Sunday 28 January at 2pm, Leeds Town Hall<br> Free and open to all<br></p><p>The Leeds Town Hall civic remembrance event will commemorate the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The keynote speaker will be the Cambodian Ambassador, Her Excellency Dr. Rathchavy SOEUNG, who will be responding to this year’s theme of ‘The Power of Words’.</p><p>Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Youth Dance Company will perform their moving memorial piece ‘Shoes on the Danube’, choreographed by Tom Bowes and the dancers, which will include a film by Wayne Sables as part of the performance. The event will also include music performed by members of the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds, reading of the seven statements of commitments with candle lighting and a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by Rudi Leavor.</p> <br> <p><strong>Film screening: Denial</strong><br> Monday 29 January, 7.30pm, Seven Arts</p><p>When university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier”.</p><p>The film screening will be on a pay what you can basis. Tickets can be booked at Seven Arts Café, or by contacting the Arts Development team by phone or email:</p><p>Tel:0113 378 6989</p><p>Email: <a href=""></a></p> ​​​<br></div>
Light Night, Light Night LeedsLight Night<div class="ExternalClass98CEE5C45AD7431C8020FE2CA72F0CE7"><p>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.<br></p> <p>If you would like to be added to our Light Night mailing list, please use the <strong>Contact us form</strong> on this page.​​​​​</p><p><strong><a rel="external" href=""></a></strong>​​</p></div>
Leeds Town Hall Tours, Behind the Lions flyer (opens as a PDF)Leeds Town Hall Tours<div class="ExternalClassE16D4C0B31534107B098631D5FEA267C"><p>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 <strong>0113 224 3801.</strong></p><p>Public tours available on the last Saturday and Monday of the month.</p><p>Tickets: £4.50 advance booking essential, call <strong>0113 376 0318</strong> or visit the City Centre Box Office in Leeds Town Hall.</p><p>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 <strong>0113 378 7192</strong> for more information and to book.</p> <p>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.</p><p>Please see the <strong>Documents section</strong> for an e-flyer for our Behind the Lions activity, including listings for all talks, tours and exhibitions.</p><p>More information is available in the Behind the Lions Brochure.​​​​​​​​​​​​</p></div>
Leeds Inspired grant scheme, Leeds InspiredLeeds Inspired grant scheme<div class="ExternalClass5EE27767A814497C86601AB5C3DB60BD"><p>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. There are a variety of grants offered on a rolling system, with up to £10,000 available. Please see the website for application deadlines.</p>​​​<br></div>
Lunchtime TalksLunchtime Talks<div class="ExternalClassD5298B3AAEB045698B38FB56ACC3FDC6"><p>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.</p> <p>Please go to the <strong>documents</strong> section to view an online version of the Behind the Lions brochure.​​​​​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
What other funding is available?What other funding is available?<div class="ExternalClass61A7609348E947C5ABC008874CB7E6F1"><p>Please see the ‘Sources of Funding Support in Leeds’ document in the related documents section.​​<br></p><br></div>



LCC Cultural Volunteering Opportunities Cultural Volunteering Opportunities.pdf283119pdf
Behind the Lions leaflet the Lions leaflet.pdf1597988pdf
arts@leeds 18-22 FAQs 18-22 FAQs.pdf264527pdf
Arts@Leeds 2018-22 Programme 2018-22 Programme.pdf352250pdf
arts@leeds grant funding report 2012-2015 grant funding report 2012-2015.pdf740649pdf
arts@leeds press release press release.pdf200038pdf
Funded organisations 2015-18 organisations 2015-18.pdf181165pdf
Holocaust Memorial Day brochure (PDF 557KB) Memorial Day brochure.pdf566295pdf
LI Large Grant Awards Round 1 Large Grant Awards Round 1.pdf307668pdf
LI Large Grant Awards Round 2 Large Grant Awards Round 2.pdf180767pdf
LI Small Grant Awards March Small Grant Awards March.pdf174691pdf
LI Small Grant Awards May Small Grant Awards May.pdf171686pdf
Performance, rehearsal and exhibition venues performance and exhibition spaces template.doc134144doc
Sources of Funding Support in Leeds of Funding Support in Leeds.pdf87775pdf

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