Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Fellowship, Leeds

Position: Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Fellowship, Leeds

Salary: £29,176 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract: Fixed – term (2 years; to begin September 2021)                 

The ‘Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Fellowship, Leeds’ is a new initiative developed in partnership by Leeds Arts University and The Kenneth Armitage Foundation, in association with the Henry Moore Foundation, in recognition of the significant contribution made by Kenneth Armitage to the evolution of British sculpture. This Fellowship will allow a selected sculptor concentrated time to develop a body of work, with practice based research drawing on the exceptional expertise and resources available in Leeds and in Yorkshire, including Leeds Arts University, the Henry Moore Institute, the Leeds City and Art Gallery, the Hepworth and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.

Leeds Arts University is the only specialist arts university in the North of England. We have contributed significantly to the development of arts education for over 170 years, and have developed a national and international reputation based on the achievements of our students and staff. 

The Kenneth Armitage Foundation (KAF) is a charitable legacy of the sculptor Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002), one of the first young post-war British sculptors to receive international acclaim. Currently, the Foundation supports the practice of sculpture by awarding financial assistance to artists through the Kenneth Armitage Fellowship, London and young sculptor prizes. Kenneth Armitage was born in Leeds.

Leeds Arts University and the Kenneth Armitage Foundation are seeking to appoint an early career sculptor with an established practice to this prestigious role. The successful sculptor will be expected to locate their studio practice within Leeds Arts University for the period of the fellowship. The Fellowship has no formal teaching attached to it, but the sculptor is expected to engage with the cultural life and creative communities of the university. The role provides studio space and access to university resources for the tenure of the fellowship. There will be a budget for legitimate costs towards the production of new work, and travel costs in relation to research in the production of works.

The selected Fellow will be appointed for a period of 24 months subject to a successful review after 12 months. The Fellow should be available to start in September 2021.

To apply for this vacancy please complete an Application Form and Equality & Diversity form and return the completed forms to The links to the application pack are below:

Job Description – Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Fellowship, Leeds

Application Form

Equality and Diversity Form

Application Guidance

Closing date: Sunday 13th June 2021 at 11.59pm

Interview date: Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July 2021

Leeds Arts University is committed to pursuing equality of opportunity. 

Leeds Arts University is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all learners and expect our staff to share this commitment. We would particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the University at this level