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.
*To see what happened in the 9th 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 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 email@example.com
***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.