What's On in 2016

Our Mission

To raise the profile of  the music and arts of Ireland throughout Britain and to celebrate the many contributions that Irish people have made to life in this country. 

The charity’s objectives are to provide access to and participation in traditional Irish music and arts through classes, workshops, access to materials, resources, promotion and performance.

The Irish Arts Foundation (IAF) was established in June 1998 as a Registered Charity (No. 1101657) and a Company Ltd by Guarantee (No. 4927919). It is supported by a number of public and private funders in Ireland and Britain.

We work extensively with a number of partners both locally and nationally and pride ourselves in the delivery of high quality professional arts and educational programmes.

The Irish Arts Foundation is core-funded by the Irish Government via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

The Leeds Gathering

The Leeds Gathering

There has been a continuous influx into the Irish community in Leeds since at least the 1820s. See what happened in the 11th Gathering Festival last November.

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Irish History Month

Irish History Month

Irish History Month exists to investigate and celebrate the various contributions which the Irish community has made to life in Britain.

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Untold Stories

Untold Stories

A project about the development of the Irish community in Leeds, funded through The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Ireland Fund of Great Britain.

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Trinity University

Trinity University

We recently worked in collaboration with students From Leeds Trinity University to produce a mini-documentary on a season of performances of Irish music.

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Learn Gaelic

Learn Gaelic

We are currently running a Gaelic language class in collaboration with Swarthmore College, Leeds taught by Co. Kerry native speaker Maire Griffin.

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Portrait Through Languages

Portrait Through Languages

Local Photographer Thomas Theakston recently did a photography project on languages in Leeds and included our Gaelic class.

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