Leeds Beckett University - City Campus,
We're letting culture loose in Leeds
LEEDS 2023 is now underway, with Part Two: Playing taking over the year-long celebration of culture across the city. As a principal education partner of LEEDS 2023, we’re proud to play our part in letting culture loose in Leeds and to showcase the diverse talent of our students, staff and alumni on a prominent stage.
Our upcoming Leeds 2023 events
LEEDS 2023 will showcase Leeds Beckett's creative industries and communities, celebrating the culture which is everywhere in the city. It will give our 28,000 students, 2,800 staff and local communities the opportunity to make, perform, sing, speak, play and more.
MAKING A STAND
Leeds School of Arts will host a diverse programme of showcases as part of Making a Stand, one of the 12 main events planned for LEEDS 2023’s yearlong celebration of culture in the city. World renowned visual artist Michael Pinsky and award-winning environmental architects Studio Bark are co-creating a bold public artwork Making a Stand in Leeds City Square, inspired by the Forest of Leodis. The artwork will be animated by a series of events by our Leeds School of Arts students in summer 2023. To find out more about our involvement in Making a Stand, visit our news pages.
This partnership puts our expertise, ambition, enthusiasm and ideas at the centre of plans to place culture at the heart of the city’s future. LEEDS 2023 will allow Leeds Beckett to forge new partnerships with creative industries, communities and businesses, and offer opportunities for staff and students to engage with and deliver the cultural celebration.
Hear from our students and academics about their involvement in Leeds 2023 and its impact.
Leeds School of Arts
Leeds School of Arts exemplifies our role in cultural life. Its impressive alumni network of artists, designers, creators and innovators has shaped arts all over the globe while acting as a hub for cultural and industry partnerships across the city.
From global icons like singer Marc Almond, Game of Thrones cinematographer Fabian Wagner and Leeds cultural leader Sharon Watson MBE, it underpins the powerful claims our city can make as a capital of culture and a thriving creative economy.
The £80m Leeds School of Arts building offers the ideal platform for the filmmakers, artists, architects and musicians of tomorrow. With state-of-the-art technical equipment, bright studio spaces and a place to showcase and perform, it nurtures home grown skills and ideas. The building has become an integral part of the growing arts and culture scene in the city and has helped to secure the future of the arts in Leeds.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is a community of creative and critical thinkers. They bring together researchers, students and alumni to foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment and explore a diversity of topics, from postcolonial literature to carnival cultures, environmental history to urban disasters and social identity, and online racism in football to cultural shaping of new subjectivities in media.
They work with internationally-recognised academics in history, English, creative writing and media, collaborating with organisations and industry to drive research that changes lives.
We are proud to continue our support for LEEDS 2023 and look forward to participating in this celebration of all forms of culture in the city. Our heritage in arts and culture has seen generations of artists, performers, architects and creators being inspired by their time at Leeds Beckett University and in Leeds. Our current community of over 3000 diverse creators will benefit enormously from the opportunity to add their creative voices to this transformational year of culture.