Written by Jane Earnshaw 01/12/2014
It’s natural at this time of year to look back and think about the year’s highlights. For me the Tour de France Grand Depart coming to Leeds brought people together like no other event I’ve experienced. The race arrived and departed at breakneck speed bringing with it the world's media and huge multinational corporate sponsors but what I loved was how residents, artists, community groups and businesses got involved to show off Leeds. Through the Leeds Inspired grants schemes we were able to support a brilliant range of community facing Tour De France projects includingBicyclismat City Museum,Banners Over Pool,Tour D'Orguein Armley andPop Up Carnival.
To be sure that Leeds Inspired is supporting more amazing arts projects in 2015 we're on a mission to remind people that the next Main Grant deadline is 22nd January 2015 and the next Small Grant deadline is 10th January 2015. If you have an idea for a creative project and would like to talk it through we are always happy for people to get in touch. This might be a phone call or arranging to come to the Leeds Inspired office for a grants surgery.
Recently we've had lots of enquiries about projects being eligible that take place in response to next year's British Art Show. The simple answer to this is yes but we always recommend calling us for a chat before you submit your application.
So… thinking caps on and spread the word.
Leeds Inspired Grants
The Leeds Inspired Main Grant scheme offers funding up to £15,000 and opens twice a year. The Main Grant deadlines for 2015 are 22nd January and 12th June.
The Leeds Inspired Small Grant scheme offers funding up to £1000 and is open for applications every two months. The Small Grant deadlines for 2015 are 10th January, 6th March, 8th May, 3rd July, 4th September and 6th November.
British Art Show (BAS8)
BAS8 is a huge touring show of contemporary British art. It will take over the whole of Leeds Art Gallery with the existing collection being temporarily re-homed. Now in its 8th year the British Art Show acts as a catalyst for a wide range of additional cultural events and a stimulus for increased artistic activity. The exhibition, curated by Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, opens on 8 October 2015 and runs until 10 January 2016.
Main Image: Betty Lawless