Leeds City College has launched a third round of funding for emerging creative talent across the district, as part of the Leeds City College Arts Fund.

First launched in March last year, the fund aims to contribute to Leeds’ arts and cultural engagement and conversation, by providing creatives the chance to receive £3k worth of funding.

The initiative is funded by Luminate Education Group and offers support to aspiring creatives across the region, who work in any of the disciplines covered by the School of Creative Arts at Quarry Hill Campus.

Artists selected for the fund must develop a project in any art form that our students engage with in the School of Creative Arts. As part of the initiative, Leeds City College students will play a key role in the development and execution of the projects.

Richard Lee, Head of Media and Performance Production at Leeds City College, said: “We’ve been consistently impressed by the quality and ambition of the ideas submitted as part of the fund. It’s a privilege to be able to support a sector which is struggling at the moment as we’re passionate about empowering creatives and communities across the region.

“The Arts Fund strives to support creative practitioners who are in the early years of their careers who may be facing barriers to funding. We’re keen to see groundbreaking ideas which engage a wide audience, from Leeds City College staff and students, through to the national arts community and members of the public.”
The second round of the Arts Fund saw four artists receive funding for their creative projects.
Local artist, Jameson Rogan, will be accessing the fund for a mural project. He added: “I will be creating a striking typographic mural, based on the vintage ‘Greetings From’ postcards. As the mural will be viewed by Leeds City College students, we will include an abstract image of a former tutor, who is very popular among the students and staff.
“The Arts Fund is committed to bringing communities together, so I’ll be working with college students, members of the public and people who once lived at Quarry Hill. Thanks to the fund, I can set up my own studio and make my muralist ambitions a reality.”

An information session is running for interested applications on Thursday 25 February. If you’re interested in attending, please contact artsfund@leedscitycollege.ac.uk.

Applications are now open and can be submitted by email to artsfund@leedscitycollege.ac.uk. All applications should be submitted by 14 March.