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Culture & Art

Culture & Art

Yorkshire has a strong Cultural Sector supported in the region by Yorkshire Culture who have pledged to ensure that "The distinctive, diverse, world class culture of Yorkshire and the Humber holds its rightful place in Britain, Europe and the World."

This sector is broad but is briefly made up of the arts, creative industries, education, film, heritage, libraries, local government, media, museums and sport.

Yorkshire has around 2,000 years of history and has witnessed key events including the Roman and Viking invasions, historic battles, the Industrial Revolution and the foundation of Methodism.

There are many award-winning museums and heritage centres in the region that deal with a range of historical eras and subject areas and are home to some of the most important collections in the world.

Leeds' West Yorkshire Playhouse has rapidly established a reputation as one of the most exciting producing theatres in the country and Leeds is also home to The Royal Armouries Museum with over 3,000 years of history and 8,000 exhibits.

The development of Sheffield's cultural industries has played a large role in the cities regeneration, with the Cultural Industries Quarter being home to many companies working in the performing and the visual arts. Sheffield also hosts the annual International Documentary Festival and Sheffield's complex of theatres is the largest outside London. The city's Western Park Museum has recently reopened after a major refurbishment and the Millennium Galleries in the heart of the city regular showcases some of the countries best exhibitions including the best in British design and innovation.

The Ferensway site in Hull is home to the Hull Truck Theatre and the Albemarle Music Centre and the cities landmark museum The DEEP is the world's only submarium. North Yorkshire has loads of history on offer with the Viking City of York and market town Harrogate home to loads of sites of interest for keen historians.

The county also plays host to a wide range of musical events from rock festivals to opera in the park. Many stately homes in the region stage musical events such as Castle Howard which has played host to a Last Night of the Proms event and Leeds draws the crowds once a year for the popular Leeds Festival.

The opportunities to work in culture and art in the region are varied and the cultural industries provide jobs for not just those looking for creative roles in the arts but also educational posts within museums or performing arts companies as well as the larger body of people employed in the entertainment and tourism industry as a whole.

Take a look around at the some of the roles on offer in this area to find out more.


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Useful links:

Prose Magazine

pros[e] is an online magazine providing original and inspiring careers and post-university information for English students and graduates.

Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

This Government department aims to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries.

Arts Council England, Yorkshire

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery. Visual arts introduction, featured projects, information sheets, useful links, press and news items. Their Yorkshire pages give useful information sheets on funding, touring and media contacts for the region and also include a list of their current visual arts projects in the region.

Creative Industries Development Agency (CIDA)

The development agency for the creative industries, CIDA specialise in helping to strengthen the contribution of the creative industries sector to the economy at all levels. There is a CIDA Facebook group for those with an interest in this area.

Creative & Cultural Skills Council

The Skills Sector Council for creative and visual arts. Their site has information about career choices and apprenticeships.


Intute is a free online service providing access to the very best web resources for education and research. The service is created by a network of UK universities and partners. Search their visual arts database for resources in this region.

Make Your Mark

Their "creative" links search is a great resource.

The Cultural Industries Quarter

The Cultural Industries Quarter is an area in the heart of Sheffield that is home to the largest concentration of creative production in Yorkshire and Humber.