We have been funded by Arts Council England since 1986. We are currently a National Portfolio Organisation up until 2022 and in 2018 we were awarded additional funding under the Catalyst programme. The Arts Council is also supporting our UNION programme of sector-based professional development
We have received National Lottery support since 2015 and are currently in receipt of funding for the period 2018 to 2022 through the Community Fund, which is supporting our work with people of all ages in East Leeds
Between 2018 and 2021 Youth Music is supporting our work using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that support children and young people to develop personally and socially as well as musically.
LMEP is the music education hub for Leeds. It funds Heads Together and Chapel FM to develop pathways for young musicians through our our Associate Bands programme and supports our music work with Hearing and Visually Impaired young people.
In 2018 the Paul Hamlyn Foundation awarded us a “Test and Explore” grant to pilot a community arts academy for emerging artists committed to using creativity to achieve social change: the UNION programme. In 2020 they also awarded us an Covid-19 Emergency Fund Grant so that we can continue our work in this difficult time.
We have received funding for specific projects from Go Higher, the #iwill fund, the Pears Foundation and the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund (grants which are managed by the Leeds Community Foundation)
The IGEN Trust have also supported our work between 2016 and 2019.
We would also like to acknowledge the capital funding for Chapel FM Arts Centre which was opened in 2014. A total of £852,072 was committed from the following sources: Jimbo’s Fund, The Scurrah Wainwright Charity, Mills and Reeve Solicitors, Tudor Trust, WREN Community Fund, Monument Trust, Caird Bardon Community Programme, Leeds City Council, Clothworkers Foundation, Arts Council of England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, a private donation for the stained glass art, and the Friends of Chapel FM scheme.
In 2020 we are working on Phase 2 of the building development, having purchased the Hall next to the original Chapel. Supporting us for this development are the Arts Council of England, Biffa Awards, Clothworkers Foundation, Leeds City Council, Mills and Reeve Solicitors, Power to Change, the Tudor Trust and the Veolia Environmental Trust.
In 2018 Chapel FM was winner of the Child Friendly Leeds Award for “Inspiring Creativity and Culture through the Arts”. Read more here.
Our work with young people with respect to an inclusive approach to delivering Arts Awards was recognised in 2019/20 and again in 2020/21 with a Trinity Champion Centre award from Trinity College London who oversee the Arts Awards scheme
The vision of ArtWorks Alliance is simple: better participatory arts work.
- Build a strategic, partnership network with a leadership model that encourages decisive, collective action
- Enable partners in the network to come together to create and run strategic activities
- Enable partners and others to share ideas and deep thinking, and to influence the arts and non-arts sectors