Open call: Meet Leeds Lab

Open call: Meet Leeds Lab

A 5 days residency in Leeds is open to applications for Netherlands-based artists from all disciplines. Deadline is 21 November.
By Minke van Schaik

LEEDS 2023, in partnership with the Netherlands Embassy, are launching a new artistic residency and platforming opportunity. Leeds already has lots of exciting relationships with the Netherlands. From our international festivals and dance agencies that have presented the work of Dutch artists, to our visual arts and music organisations who have had long standing relationships with creatives from the Netherlands for over 30 years.

Our shared history provides an excellent starting point for developing deeper and more established relationships between artists and organisations. We will develop artists from the Netherlands through professional development, commissioning, and presenting their existing work in Leeds.

This project will begin with an artist development programme called Meet Leeds Lab, which will see up to 10 artists from the Netherlands visiting Leeds to experience and creatively respond to the city.

For whom

The call is aimed at artists from all backgrounds who have the desire to use their artistic practice to explore international connections and cultural exchange. From painters to poets, performers to animators, photographers to creative technologists, if your practice has something interesting to say, and you feel that LEEDS 2023 can help you to say it, then this is the opportunity for you.

We are looking to welcome artists who are based in the Netherlands, whether they already have a connection to the city of Leeds or not. This opportunity is designed for artists who are seeking to internationalise their work for the first time, or for the first time since the pandemic.



  • Be a permanent resident in the Netherlands

  • Not currently a student or in full-time education

  • Be 18+ years old

  • Have a good level of written and spoken English, as this will be the working language

  • Have a valid passport

  • Be available to travel to Leeds between 16-20 January 2023.

Your application can be made either in a written format or you can send it to us as a video or a voice note – whichever you prefer. The deadline to complete applications is Monday 21 November 2022 at 10:00 (GMT).

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