After University

Funded Studio Space

Leeds Arts University Funded Studio Spaces offer recent graduates the chance to start, develop and grow their business or creative practice within a creative, collaborative studio space. Residencies range from 4 weeks up to 9 months, so we can offer flexible spaces to suit what you need!

This is a great opportunity to integrate with the wider creative community in the city, it is designed to give residents who are in the earlier stages of their careers a supportive and enabling environment to develop their practice. Whether you are just starting out or already running an established business, we are open to applications from anyone looking to further their creative career in any field.

There are different types of studio space available, ranging from digital studios to those needing things like space for print rooms, photography studios and practice rooms. Just in the past five years, we have hosted residents spanning a wide variety of creative disciplines ranging from illustration, photography and animation; to textile design, sculpture and ceramics just to name a few!

As well as the studio space, this scheme offers additional support for career development activities tailored to the goals outlined in your application. This could be (but not restricted to) mentoring, testbed access to facilities, access to events, conferences or networking activities.

"Doing the funded studio scheme has transformed my professional life. I have achieved a sense of separation from my work and home and been able to connect and network with a wide variety people from similar industries leading to work opportunities and feeling part of a community of creative people. It has left me in a really positive position and given me the opportunity to make my freelance photography and video career, sustainable and creatively fulfilling, where I look forward to work each day."

Michael Godsall, BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate and Funded Studio Space Resident


Funded Studio Spaces are available to Leeds Arts University undergraduate and postgraduate alumni from the past five graduating years. Both individual and collective applications are welcome.

How to apply

Applications for residencies starting August 2024 to January 2025 are open now! Click here to apply.

You will be prompted to sign in with your Alumni account. If you haven’t registered for that yet you can click here to find out more about this scheme and other careers support available for Alumni.

If you have any queries or require support with your application, please contact us at

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