"The Art House provide an exceptional and expanded programme for artists requiring studio space, time and support to develop opportunities for critical artistic development, reflection and process." (The Arts Council, March 2014)

The Art House provide Time, Space and Support for artists to develop their work and connect with audiences.

We do this through:

Residencies and artist commissions
Artist Mentoring, focused on artist development
Artist-led sharing of best practice
Exhibitions, workshops and events

Our artistic programme is as much about giving artists opportunities to develop their practice, explore and experiment as it is about exhibiting finished work. Although we have some exhibition space, we are not a gallery: we are focused on exploring the process of making good art and artists’ practice, rather than the finished art itself.  

We have a legacy of working with - and providing support for - disabled artists: it's where we started and equality is something we are really passionate about. We believe in providing services to ALL artists and we work hard to make sure that ALL artists have access to our services. The Art House started as a group of artists who wanted to provide accessible studio space for artists with physical disabilities. Since opening our fully-accessible studios in Wakefield, we have evolved to be an organisation working towards equal access for ALL artists, focussed on identifying, highlighting and removing physical, philosophical, educational, social and economic barriers for Visual Artists. 

We work regionally, nationally and internationally, often collaborating or working in partnership with other organisations. Take a look at our NEWS section for updates on our most recent work or sign up for our E Bulletin.


“Having access to a large studio space, the extra support and mentoring as part of my Residency has been great” (Duncan Pearson, Artist in Residence, January 2014)

We run 4 x Solo Residencies throughout the year, designed to give residency artists time, a place to develop and realise creative ideas and make work. Each Solo Residency is a month-long funded opportunity for a visual artist – we provide them with a studio, accommodation, access to resources, support and an opportunity to exhibit their work (or work in progress) at the end of their residency. 

We run 3 x Graduate Residencies each year – a series of month-long opportunities for up to 15 emerging artists to work collaboratively in a shared studio space. We are currently working with The University of Derby, Leeds College of Art & Design and Huddersfield University to offer post-graduation residencies to some of their students.

“The Art House is a fantastic environment to make and develop new ideas with some impressive resident artists and an overwhelmingly welcoming, encouraging and supportive staff team.” 
(Sophie Mahon, Graduate Residency Programme, October 2013)


"It was great to test my practice on an audience beyond the North West area.” 
(Carol Hanson – Site-Specific Installation Artist, Spring 2014)

Throughout the year, The Art House commissions artists to make site-specific work, responding to site/situation and engaging with communities. Recent projects have included a site-specific installation by illustrator Carol Hanson, a twelve month project working with WARWICK COMMUNITY GROUP and an exhibition with ARTISTS OF AUTISM. We are also heavily involved in Wakefield’s bi-monthly ARTWALK – the biggest event of its kind in the region.


Our Membership Programme is central to our work, providing visual artists with the resources and support they need to develop their practice. Read more about Art House Membership HERE 


As part of our Membership, we offer 121 Mentoring for Visual Artists. Mentoring is also an important part of our Graduate and Solo Residency Programme.

In 2014, we launched our BELAY Programme. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Business and Enterprise Leading Artists in Yorkshire (BELAY for short) programme provided FREE Business Mentoring for artists living and working in Wakefield which ended in 2015. 


As part of our commitment to providing time, space and support for artists to connect with audiences, we run a programme of artist talks, open studios, workshops and short courses for artists and members of the public. Visit our What's On Page HERE

Further Information

Art House Contact
Tel: 01924 312 000