Immerse yourself in Leeds’ fabulous culture of creativity. From classic and contemporary art to the decorative arts; from sculpture parks to galleries to performance art, we’ve got it all. You’ll never be short of information or inspiration.
Leeds is the only English city outside of London to have its own theatre, opera house, ballet company and national museum. Its home to Opera North and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, where you can see world-class performances at student discounts. Leeds is home to The Royal Armouries, the UK's National Museum of Arms and Armour, one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world. Leeds also has the spectacular Grand Theatre, which hosts comedy shows, ballet, pantomime, along with the City Varieties Music Hall, one of the UK's most preserved Victorian Music Halls. There are multiplex and art-house cinemas, (the Hyde Park Picture House is one of the oldest in the country opening in 1914), comedy clubs, bowling alleys, traditional ale houses, student pubs, plush city-centre bars, smaller clubs and super-clubs.
“Leeds has no shortage of great art collectives, independent businesses and projects, all of which are people doing what they do simply because they love doing it. There are some very inspirational people who have really helped us out while setting up, everyone is more than happy to help each other out just to see the community as a whole develop further.”
Joe Torr, Leeds College of Art Alumni and founding member of Village bookstore
The Hepworth Wakefield is one of the largest contemporary art spaces outside of London. The gallery takes its name from the acclaimed sculptor and former student of Leeds College of Art, Barbara Hepworth.
The Gallery at Munro House is an independent gallery, art shop, exhibition and event space in Leeds. The Gallery exhibits and represents artists and designers practicing in photography, illustration, painting, print, sculpture, animation, film, and graphic design.
Nestled in amongst the hustle and bustle of the Leeds University campus, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery offers innovative temporary exhibitions and displays treasures from the University Art Collection.
The most well-respected and long-established arts organisation in Leeds, ESA offers support to artists in the form of studios and facilities, membership activities, plus a long list of spaces, and an extensive events and exhibitions programme.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park – An internationally renowned centre for modern and contemporary sculpture, presenting work by some of the world’s most extraordinary artists in over 500 acres of beautiful, historic parkland and five indoor galleries.