Convention House

Convention House isn’t your usual white walled box.

Convention House started life as a nunnery and was formerly home to business advisors and chartered accountants, Winburn Glass Norfolk (WGN) for 37 years.

We’ve transformed the building into a fully accessible and fit for purpose building with a mixture of studios, labs, co-production workspace, tech facilities and residency spaces. 

The building has five stories including the basement floor, ground floor, first floor, second floor and third floor. It has one main entrance to the front with a dropped curb to facilitate access and there is a lift in the building that can be used to access all floors.

Convention House was made possible through grants from Leeds Tech Fund and a Small Capital Grant from Arts Council England. The purchase and substation redevelopment was made possible thanks to £550,000 of investment from the Leeds Tech Hub Fund from Leeds City Council. In addition to this, we received £400,000 from Arts Council England to carry out extensive refurbishment work and introduce an extension to the property. 


Convention House is conveniently located on St Mary’s lane, just a stone’s throw away from Leeds City Centre. The local area boasts great access to transport links, independent cafes and bars, a great independent bike repair shop and we’re just down the road from some of Leeds other Cultural venues. 

Convention House is on the doorstep of our main office and flagship studios Patrick Studios. This is where our staff come to work, the public come to take part in workshops,  stakeholders come to have meetings and artists come to make new work.



  • 24/7 access
  • Residential spaces to hire
  • Lift access to all floors
  • Wi-fi throughout the building


  • Co-working space
  • Private enclosed studios
  • Meeting rooms
  • Learning and exhibiting space


  • Onsite technician available
  • AV equipment to hire including projectors, TV’s
  • Kiln
  • CNC machine
  • Computers with full Adobe software
  • Neon workshop

Toilets, bathrooms and shower facilities:

  • Accessible toilets on each floor
  • Shower facilities available

Kitchen/food storage:

  • There is a kitchen located on the top floor with access to a fridge, microwave, kettle and running water.

The East Street Arts studio holder experience

Artist support is at the heart of everything that East Street Arts does. We work with artists on an individual basis utilising our skills, knowledge and networks to help artists and groups in their development. 

As a studio holder you can benefit from one on one support sessions, access to a network of over 400 artists worldwide and a range of paid opportunities for artists.

Get in touch with us to discuss Convention House and available spaces at 

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