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 9th Leeds Gathering Festival (November 2014) Click here!

**Irish History Month 2015 is currently underway. Click here to see a full programme of events.

***Untold Stories 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.


Irish History Month 2015

Details of this years month of events...

The Gathering 2014

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

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

Irish History Month 2014

Click here to see what happened ...

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 Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre, 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

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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