Access to Employment Mentoring Application Form

Access to Employment Mentoring Application Form


Fantastic Studio Space Available


Barkston House, 6months rent free!

Struggling to afford a suitable space to develop your artistic practice after graduation?

Want to be surrounded by emerging and established artists?

Leeds College of Art and East Street Artsare delighted to offer recentgraduatesthe chance todevelop their practice in an artist’s studio space.

This is a great opportunity to integrate with emerging and professional artists as well as benefit from the networking and support provided by East St Arts. One to one mentoring will be organised by Leeds College of Art.

In return for the use of the space, a £50 deposit is required per month, which will be rolled over each month if attendance has been registered. If studio holders are not utilising the space on a regular basis as agreed, the contract will be reviewed. Tenants will be asked to email Leeds College of Art on a weekly basis clarifying the time they have spent at the studio.

This opportunity is only open to Leeds College of Art alumni who graduated in the last 3 years. There are two spaces available from 1 January 2016, 12ft deep x 8.5ft wide andone could possibly accommodate 2 artists who know each other well.

If you are interested, please fill in the short form below and return it to by 5pm Thursday 26 November. If you would like any more information, help completing the formbefore you return the form, please contact Sharon Heleine on 0113 202 8143.

If shortlisted we will ask you to attend a short informal meeting to discuss your application with a representative from East St Arts and Leeds College of Art.


Leeds College of Art, East Street Arts and Barkston House Studios

Leeds College of Arthas an ongoing relationship with East Street Arts, a contemporary arts organisation in Leeds; they develop artists through an events programme and rent out art studios.

East Street Arts’ mission is to focus on the development of artists through their events programme, membership activities, professional development and studio/facility provision.

They take a holistic approach to working with artists on a professional level to empower them to realise their potential. East Street Arts operates three sites: Patrick Studios (East Street Arts headquarters), Barkston House and UNION 105. They also run a range of offsite projects.

On a regular basis, East Street Arts invites artists to get involved in their activities including artists’ talks, special events, cultural trips and exchanges, debates and publications.

Barkston House facilities include:

  • Light, secure studio accommodation in varying sizes for visual artists
  • Communal area contains a kitchen area
  • Goods and passenger lifts
  • FREE onsite parking
  • Fully wheelchair accessible
  • Good toilet and washroom facilities
  • Hours of access: 24 hours / 7 days a week
  • Access to facilities at Patrick Studios during office hours including kiln room, dark room, Mac suite with software and internet access, and library/resource space.


In addition to workspaces, Barkston Studio holders have access to artists’ networks, resources and opportunities. All studio members can use East Street Arts facilities, including members’ facilities at East Street Arts Patrick Studios and have the opportunity to engage more widely with the work of the organisation

Year Graduated:
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Examples of work / Please attach a couple of images of your work, no bigger than 1 MB per image and the physical size.


A: Please give details and background information about you, your practice and where you are now.
B: Please give details about where you would like to be and how you think the studio space will help you achieve that.
C. When would you plan to move into Barkston House and how much time would you spend there?

I confirm that the information given on this application is true and correct.


Leeds College of Art and Barkston House (2016)