New fund for creative talent in Leeds region

Leeds City College has launched a unique Arts Fund worth £50k to support creatives across the district.

Funded by Luminate Education Group, the grant aims to provide first step support to new and developing creative talent working in any of the disciplines covered by Creative Arts at the Quarry Hill Campus, such as Art, Photography, Musical Theatre and Journalism.

The Arts Fund was created due to a noticeable gap in the system between leaving education and securing funding from national bodies for creative projects. Available to a wide range of audiences, applications will be open to the local and regional arts community, members of the public and college staff and students.

The projects will be inspired by the history of Quarry Hill and surrounding areas. College students will be encouraged to get involved with the process and execution of the projects. All creatives will exhibit a final piece to showcase their projects; a photographic display, an installation, videography or other visual content.

Richard Lee, Head of Media and Performance Production, said: “This fund is the first of its kind in the region and we’re thrilled to be able to roll out such a phenomenal opportunity to all creatives. There’s a real lack of funding for these projects; we’re determined to reignite the creative flame across the district.

“We’re incredibly proud of our state-of-the-art Quarry Hill Campus which has a rich history behind it and we’re looking forward to seeing how this inspires the projects.”

There are four funds creatives can apply for; First Step Projects, Flagship Project, Artist Liaison and Contingency. Potential candidates will apply through an online form which will then be shortlisted by the artist liaison and judged through an official panel of curriculum heads. The artist liaison will work directly with the successful applicants to execute and evaluate the projects.

Leeds City College offers a range of full-time and part-time education. Find out more information about courses here.

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