Community Exhibitions and Displays

Community Exhibitions and Displays

We have a number of flexible spaces located across our attractions for communities to use. If you have a story to tell and want to share with the wider Leeds community, get in touch to see what we can do to help.

Use of our spaces is free of charge but all proposals must be submitted in writing and emailed to museumsandgalleries@leeds.gov.uk

Working together

Our aim is to empower local communities by providing spaces to showcase different cultures are heritages. We work with a range of community groups across the city but are always looking to reach new groups and organisations.

Whether your group is already working with us and our object collections, or your story has been inspired by the city of Leeds,  our community spaces could be the ideal place to display your work.

A community group looking at objects from the Leeds Museums & Galleries collection at Leeds Discovery Centre

Ideas and themes

Our community programme is open to all and considers many themes and stories.

Ideas for exhibitions can come from different areas, including:

  • Communities who approach us with stories or objects specifically related to their group
  • We might use current social or political issues as a starting point, working with a number of organisations to draw on their expertise, stories and collections.
  • Using aspects of the Leeds Museums & Galleries collections and working with communities, drawing on their experiences.
A Leeds United Football Club Jewish Cap 'Kippah' from the Leeds Museums & Galleries collection

Current community exhibitions and displays

Submit a proposal

If you would like to submit a proposal for a community exhibition or display, please fill out the below form and a member of the team will be in touch. If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please email museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk.

Our venues and spaces

Our venues offer a number of spaces for communities to use for exhibitions and displays throughout the year. You can find out more information about each venue below.

Abbey House Museum

Community Gallery*

Facilities

  • Five object display cases

Schedule

  • 8-12 month display period

Community Case

Facilities

  • One object display case

Schedule

  • 12 month display period
*The community gallery can only be used when the project is in collaboration with Leeds Museums & Galleries.

Leeds City Museum

Community Corridor

Facilities

  • Our community corridor is a small corridor gallery, suitable for 2D wall-mounted works.

Schedule

  • 2x slots per year
  • 8-10 week display period per slot

Community Cinema

Facilities

  • Projector and screen

Schedule

  • The community cinema is usually programme to accompany Community Corridor displays, however other films can be shown here if they link to Leeds people and events.

Community Cases*

Facilities

  • Five object display cases

Schedule

  • 8-12 month display period
*The community cases can only be used when the project is in collaboration with Leeds Museums & Galleries.

Leeds Discovery Centre

Corridor

Facilities

  • Four object display cases

Schedule

  • 6 month display period

Learning and Education Zone

Facilities

  • One object display case

Schedule

  • 6 month display period

Leeds Industrial Museum

The Millspace

Facilities

  • Gallery space suitable for wall-mounted works and a selection of object display cases

Schedule

  • 6 month display period

Kirkstall Abbey

Visitor Centre

Facilities

  • Small display space

Schedule

  • 2-3 month display period

Lotherton

The Servants Quarter*

Facilities

  • One case, two audio visual pods, and a cinema space

Schedule

  • 6 month display period

*The Servants Quarter can only be used when the project is in collaboration with Leeds Museums & Galleries.