Art Hostel

Leeds First Ever Social Enterprise Art Hostel is coming…

The Art Hostel came about from the motivation to create a space in the city to host visitors in an individual way, and inspired from years of experience of visiting other european cities and how they host people.

The Art Hostel in Leeds, is a project developed by East Street Arts and supported by Bauman Lyons Architects and Key Fund. It plans to harness the creative talents, and pure imagination, of artistic practitioners; welcoming audiences from in and out of Leeds to engage in a new cultural experience.

Each bedroom will be a unique design, contemporary and comfortable, while a project space hosts a programme of artists events and installations, linking back out into the creative underbelly of the city. It will be staffed by artists trained in the hospitality sector, the residents will be encouraged to contribute to the future of the hostel. This is a unique offer, providing an innovative way to stay and visit or to let us host guests within Leeds.

Who is it for, and when will it open?


It is for anyone with an open mind and looking to explore something a little different in Leeds. Commissioned artists will have shaped the design of every room, and an ongoing series of installations, performances and projects will take place through a project space and the general make-up of the Hostel. We are set for opening our doors in full in early 2016.

Artists Commissioned so far…


The Art Hostel is going to be a hive of creativity harnessing the talents of many creative individuals in and out of Leeds. Funding for the commissions has come from a number of sources:

Leeds Inspired
Crowdfunding Campaign
ESA Core Funded
Ex(s)ports Funded

Leeds Inspired funded commission:
Ben Mills
Edwin Li
Christie Hill

Crowdfunded Commission:
Curio•sea•ty – Lorna Barrowclough & Hondartza Fraga
Hannah Stacey (commissioned by Mick Ward and Gill Crawshaw)
Thompson Brand – Installation
Awesome Merchandise – Room sponsorship
Leeds Hackspace
Alisia Casper
Goat Collective

Core funded:
Precious Art Collective

Ex(s)ports Commission:
Jiem Lesiropdelaru

To hear more about just one of our commissions (Hannah Stacey) as it is developing, visit the Hannah Stacey Art Hostel Commission Supported by Mick Ward and Gill Crawshaw page.

Art Hostel News


• We are recruiting an Art Hostel Manager
• Deadline for Applications: Monday 18th January 2016 (12 noon)
• Interviews: Tuesday 26th January 2016
• Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Sunday)
• Salary: £22 – £25k
• Location: 84 Kirkgate, Leeds , LS2 7DJ

Want to hear more? Visit the Art Hostel Manager – East Street Arts Job Opportunity page.

Want to Book?

We love your enthusiasm, booking will be open very soon, as the Art Hostel opens it’s doors in early 2016…

Art Hostel Gallery


The Hostel is being carefully revived to work with the beautiful features and layout of the 18th Century building, but will additionally harness a collection of styles and themes to make an eclectic design experience.

Have a look at the progress so far, here is a collection of images as we build the Art Hostel

Leeds has a thriving grassroots and DIY art scene. The Art Hostel puts a stake in the ground and makes a foundation for artistic practice to grow from, as well as a landing platform for people to enter into the city’s culture. This is a chance for us all to really invest in what our city has to offer.

Further Information:

Telephone: 0113 248 0040

Or follow/ like us on social platforms:
Twitter: @arthostelleeds
Facebook: Art Hostel Leeds

Established in 1993 in Leeds, East Street Arts is a contemporary arts organisation in Leeds. Our mission is to focus on the development of artists through our events programme, membership activities, professional development and studio/facility provision.

Bauman Lyons Architects are award-winning Architects based in Leeds. They are a team of Architects who ‘imagine, research, enable, collaborate and aim to make good places’.

Key Fund is a social enterprise and understands the unique difficulties faced by similar organisations when looking to develop and grow. “By providing loan tailored investments, we are continuing in our mission to break down the barriers to accessing finance, enabling organisations to increase their community, economic and environmental impact.”

Press Stories:


Crowd Funding Campaign
Fred Aldous Mention
Thompson Brand Partners Mention
Leeds List Mention
Yorkshire Evening Post Mention
The Key Fund Mention
Making The Art Hostel Video