Leeds Arts University are offering recent graduates the chance to start, develop and grow their business or creative practice within a creative, collaborative studio space.

This is a great opportunity to integrate with the wider creative community in the city, and for graduates to develop their skills within a professional working environment. This opportunity is open to Leeds Arts University alumni who have graduated in the last five years with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Applications for studio space in autumn 2023 will be available later in the year. 

Image: Julia Pomeroy, BA (Hons) Fine Art, during her residency at Patrick Studios in 2021. Read Julia's blog about her experience here

There are two types of studio space available. Both include up to 8 hours of business mentoring per month; WiFi; communal social spaces and 24/7 access. Learn more about the spaces below:

Duke Studios

Duke Studios are based on co-working, a concept that provides freelancers and companies with an exciting alternative to the isolated humdrum of working from home or the inconvenience of travelling to out-of-town studios. Creatives can focus on doing what they do best: creating. What’s more, in a co-working environment, individuals are surrounded by a supportive network of innovative thinkers who provide each other with a constant stream of inspiration. The opportunity for networking is limitless. Co-workers will be able to gain work they never even knew existed, be that from passing work between each other within the studio or using their collective power to win contracts. Duke Studios will also act as an agency, actively seeking to find new business for the talent within its walls. By working at Duke Studios anyone can instantly expand their business with a whole array of new technology, meeting space and service areas which they may otherwise not be able to afford.

Patrick Studios

Leeds Arts University has an ongoing relationship with East Street Arts, a contemporary arts organisation in Leeds; they develop artists through an events programme and rent out art studios, playing a pivotal role in the cultural and creative identity of Leeds.

East Street Arts’ mission is to focus on the development of artists through their events programme, membership activities, professional development and studio/facility provision. They take a holistic approach to working with artists on a professional level to empower them to realise their potential. East Street Arts operates three sites in Leeds: Patrick Studios (East Street Arts headquarters), Barkston House and UNION 105. They also run a range of offsite projects.

On a regular basis, East Street Arts invites artists to get involved in their activities including artists’ talks, special events, cultural trips and exchanges, debates and publications. 

In return for the use of the space, a £50 deposit is required per month, the £50 will roll over each month if attendance has been registered. If studio holders are not utilising the space on a regular basis as agreed the contract will be reviewed.

If you have any queries or require support with your application, please contact us at careers@leeds-art.ac.uk.