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 countryThe 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.

*To see what happened in the 10th Leeds Gathering Festival (November 2014) Click here!

**Irish History Month 2015 took place recently. Click here to see a full programme of events.

***Untold Stories is a project about the development of the Irish community in Leeds, funded through The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Ireland Fund of Great Britain. Ths project focuses on the experiences of the emigrant Irish community in Leeds in the second half of the twentieth century, particularly their settlement and cultural traditions such as music, dance, song and sport. Click here for further details.

The Gathering 2015

Details of this November's Leeds Gathering Festival...

Irish History Month 2015

Details of this years month of events...

Irish Arts Workshops

Irish music and dance workshops in Primary and Secondary schools...

Untold Stories

An ongoing archive of the Irish Community in Leeds


Details of our financial supporters

The Team

Come and meet the Irish Arts Foundation team members


View a list of local events

Artist Hire

A list of approved performers that are experienced in their field


*The Irish Arts Foundation recently worked in collaboration with students From Leeds Trinity University to produce a mini-documentary on a season of performances of Irish music. Click here to see more.

**The Irish Arts Foundation is currently running a Gaelic language class in collaboration with Swarthmore College, Leeds taught by Co. Kerry native speaker Maire Griffin. If you are interested in enrolling for future classes please get in touch on info@irisharts.org.uk

***Local Photographer, Thomas Theakston recently did a photography project on languages in Leeds and included our Gaelic class, click here to see more.

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

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