Alan O'Leary collage - compressedArtists and arts organisations in the Performing Arts are invited to apply to take part in Leeds Creative Labs: DARE Edition.

8 May – 30 June 2017.

It is a funded opportunity (£1,000 grant)  for a practitioner in the Performing Arts and an academic to spend time together to talk and explore, with no brief other than to SEE WHAT HAPPENS…… an unexpected, playful liaison over three flexible days that allows partners to breathe and think freely.

Sharing ideas and experiences without deadlines and targets can bring new dimensions to the creative process and reveal how, through partnership, knowledge can have greater relevance to the cultural sector.

It’s a straight forward application process, with a deadline of Thursday 6 April.

Successful Performing Arts applicants will be matched with academics at the University of Leeds by the Leeds Creative Labs team, and these collaborators will spend at least three days together, before sharing their experience and ideas for the future with fellow participants.

Leeds Creative Labs: DARE Edition is an initiative developed and funded by the Cultural Institute at the University of Leeds through the University’s DARE partnership with Opera North. Seven DARE Edition collaborations have taken place since 2015, watch short videos of their journey to see how programme inspired and challenged them.

For more information and to apply please visit the Cultural Institute website.

If you are a Performing Arts organisation with a query about Leeds Creative Labs: DARE Edition 2017, please contact Alice Parsons For all other queries about Leeds Creative Labs, please email

See here for a case study of Leeds Creative Labs: DARE Edition