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Explore, the new capacity building fund will support artists and organisations from across the city to strike up new partnerships and collaborations with their counterparts from across Europe and the world. The fund will cover the cost of travel and accommodation to encourage the city’s cultural community to explore ideas that could inform the city’s bid for the title and ultimately the programme for its year as European Capital of Culture should Leeds win the bid.

The Explore programme caters for three different levels of collaboration including:

Big Explorers –artists and organisations wishing to undertake an extended stay or residency with international partners can apply for up to £3,000 towards the costs of their travel.

Small Explorers – artists and organisations wishing to meet with international partners for a short period of time to explore potential opportunities for collaboration.

Hosting Explorers – Leeds welcomes artists and organisations from across the world, this element of the fund can assist with artists and organisations hosting partners in Leeds.

The programme will run from February to October 2017 with a series of funding deadlines as below:

  • 1st February 2017
  • 22nd March 2017
  • 10th May 2017
  • 28th June 2017
  • 16th August 2017
  • 27th September 2017

For more details about the Explore fund, terms and conditions and applications for each of the different opportunities please download the documents attached to this post.

If you would like to speak to a member of the Leeds 2023 team about the fund please contact:


Leeds 2023 Explorers Fund info for applicants (PDF)

Leeds 2023 Explorers Fund – Small Explorers application form (PDF)

Leeds 2023 Explorers Fund – Hosting Explorers application form (PDF)

Leeds 2023 Explorers Fund – Big Explorers application form (PDF)