What we do

If you would like to start a new creative organisation in the city or need to know where and how you can set up your own artistic practice, we may be able to support you. We provide tailored advice to help get new projects rolling or grow and develop existing organisations. Our experience ranges from working with individual practitioners, arts start-ups and large arts organisations. We are motivated to help you become the best you can be.

How we can help?

We can give you more information and advice about where you can take your project and who else in Leicester can support you, giving you a network of links to tap into. You can send us an email explaining your situation and what you are looking to do. We will respond as soon as we can.

If you are looking for financial support please see our funding pages.

Having a space to work in is essential and we can provide you with organisations to contact to find a studio space.

We have an annual arts exhibition, The Open: The People’s Exhibition, which provides all East Midlands artists and makers with an exhibition opportunity.

To contact the Arts Team please complete an enquiry form.

Useful links

There are many websites for arts practitioners and organisations with useful information. We have hand-picked a few links to help you get started.

Regional Links

CVAN East Midlands 

CVAN East Midlands is the Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the East Midlands. This website lists opportunities in the region.

Creative Leicestershire

Providing an update on arts in Leicester and Leicestershire. They support Made In Leicestershire and have links to arts networks and communities. Creative Leicestershire also host WebinArt, a creative development programme for creative practitioners.

National links

a-n The Artists Information Company

a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 25,000 members. a-n provides access to job opportunities, funding rounds, insurance and professional development.

Arts Council England 

A public body of the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport providing opportunities for funding, a range of resources for businesses and practitioners and a jobs page.


Using research about visual artists’ working conditions to provide resources, money and projects for professional artists. 

Axis web 

A platform supporting artists and profiling what they do.

Craft Council 

Bringing together up to date news on contemporary craft, featuring a directory of crafters and an opportunities page.

Digital Culture Network

Here to develop your organisation’s digital skills. Working across the arts and culture sector, the Network is led by nine specialist Tech Champions.


An innovation foundation bringing bold ideas to life.