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Who can apply for a residency:

Studio time is available in the Yorkshire Dance building in central Leeds for dance artists who are researching & developing new work. Artists who live and work in Yorkshire or have a strong commitment and connection to the Yorkshire region or the North can apply for 1 or 2 weeks of studio residency time.

Yorkshire Dance is specifically interested in supporting residency applications, which reflect our artistic statement (that you can read here) and also:

  • reflect developments in current contemporary performance practice and seek to develop the field of choreography and dance
  • proposals which emphasise innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations
  • proposals which demonstrate a strong and realistic desire to consider connection with the public, audiences or participants and/or those which demonstrate other partnership support


How to apply for a residency with us:

If you would like to apply for a residency with Yorkshire Dance, please fill in and submit the form below.

Applications submitted by the end of each calendar month will be discussed at the beginning of the following month. You will be contacted once a decision has been made on your application.

We recommend that you apply at least 3 month in advance of your planned project phase. On occasion we might have studio time availability at shorter notice, which we will advertise through our social media channels.


Talk to us about your work before applying:

If you are applying for funding for your project / performance and want to include your residency at Yorkshire Dance in the application, please contact our Artist Development Producer, Tanya Steinhauser or Creative Projects Producer Kirsty Redhead before including it in the funding bid.

We are always interested in getting to know you and learn more about your current projects in development. You can arrange a meeting with a member of our Yorkshire Dance team while you are in residency. 

Finally, we are always happy to come along to a sharing of your work to get to know your practice and current projects further whilst you are in residence.


Residency Costs and Terms & Conditions:

Residencies for projects that receive no other funding (e.g. through Arts Council England) can be offered one week of residency space free of charge, especially if this is part of an R & D project.

If you apply for the residency in conjunction with raising funding for your projects (for example through Arts Council Project grants), we will ask for a subsidised contribution towards the space of £400/ week. If you seek studio space for a 2 week residency, Yorkshire Dance can offer one week free of charge and the second week at the subsidised contribution of £400. The two weeks must be taken consecutively in this scenario.

Two weeks can be offered in another format over a longer period of time (6 months) however, the cost follows the rule of £400 subsidised contribution per week in this case.

Confirmed residencies must take place at the dates originally agreed, if for some reason your dates change you must reapply for the residency.

Once your offer is accepted and agreed on, any cancellation thereafter will require you to re-apply for a new residency. This will be assessed on equal merit and dependent on availability of space.

If you have any questions about the residency application process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Darren Payne: darrenpayne@yorkshiredance.com


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