Space and Venue Hire

How Covid-19 affects space hire at Open Source Arts

Due to the current public health situation, capacity of all our space is reduced. We will work out the capacity and the layout with you, depending on the nature of your event and the activities taking place. All activities must be within Covid-19 Government Guidance.

We have introduced an increased cleaning schedule for the venue, ensuring that the space is clean before, after and during your event.

We ask you to ensure that everyone attending your event follows Covid-19 safety measures and social distancing guidance for the building – this guidance may change over time, and we will let you know the latest situation.

To help support artistic practitioners this year, we have opened up the venue by donation from Nov 2020 through to May 2021! See below for more details.

Read more about Covid-19 safety measures at Open Source Arts.

We have a wonderful multi-purpose space in a homely open urban warehouse setting at Aire Place Mills on Kirkstall Road.
Space can be hired at a reasonable price by individuals, groups and organisations for events such as conferences, gigs and meetings.
Individual spaces, multiple spaces and the whole venue can be hired.
Depending on activities, multiple spaces could be in use at any one time by different groups.
As such, unless full venue hire is requested there is usually a mixture of some noise, people and activity in and around the spaces.
If there is an existing event in the calendar, it may still be possible to hire a space alongside; so please get in touch.
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Studio Space

This is a bright, warm and airy open plan studio space. This dance studio has an oak sprung dance floor. Sofas, chairs, tables, or a breakout area can be arranged. This space can be used for movement based practices, conferences, workshops and presentations. The walls are either corkboard (pins allowed) or mirrors.
Dimensions: 14m x 7m.

Studio space

Plenary Space

This downstairs space is ideal for conferences or intimate concerts and performances. The floor is slightly uneven concrete, with white walls, lending an industrial aesthetic. The plenary area houses some temporary visual exhibition space.
Dimensions: 11m x 12m.

Aerial Training Space (High)

Our permanently installed aerial trapeze rig has 6 high points suitable for rope, silks, static trapeze, aerial hoop and everything else you can suspend yourself from.
Dimensions: 7.5m centre point, two 6m points.

Aerial Training Space (Low)

We offer three low training points for conditioning and practice. Judo mat flooring and professional crash mats are available as standard for acro-balance practice and tumbling.
Dimensions: Three 3.5m points.

Metal/Wood Workshop

We have a practical, well-resourced manufacturing workshop for metalwork and woodwork.
Dimensions: 15m x 4m.

*not currently available*

Sewing/Costume Making Workshop

The sewing/costume making area has multiple working industrial sewing machines and plenty of table top space to work with fabrics.
Dimensions: 15m x 4m.

*not currently available*

Cafe Space

The café space can be hired for functions or gatherings, training events or seminars. The cafe space is designed to be an available community resource, with a fully fitted commercial kitchen -5 grid professional convection oven, induction hobs and bar facilities (available subject to license approval).
Dimensions: 8m x 6m.


A range of different catering options are on offer, and can be included with the space hire. Where possible, food is freshly made on site. All catering options are vegetarian (and often vegan). Please get in touch if you have something in mind that you would like to see on your menu, including food free of any allergens. We have experience with creating inspired and delicious menus for a range of diets and occasions.


We have free broadband WiFi on the premises, ground floor gender neutral accessible toilet, and a fully fitted kitchen.

This is some of the equipment we have (not an exhaustive list so get in touch with your needs):


  • Judo mat flooring
  • Professional crash mats
  • Tableware
  • Sofas
  • Conference chairs
  • Soft furnished chairs
  • Conference tables
  • Café tables

Plenary materials

  • Whiteboards (plus pens)
  • Flip charts (plus pens)
  • Overhead projector
  • Projector screen

AV equipment

  • Mixing desk
  • Speakers
  • Cameras
  • Microphones
  • Powered monitors
  • Various leads and cables, tripods, microphone cables and jack leads
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 Professional artists may rehearse by donation!


To give a little help to practitioners this year, we’re opening up the space for professional artists and performers to use on a DONATION basis for November and December 2020 through to the end of May 2021.
All in line with current Government guidance on artist practice under lockdown regulations and compliant with Covid safe protocol.
We are opening up 45min slots on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am-2pm.
 If you are a professional artist or performer and want some space to practice over the Winter months, please email with your name, telephone number, details of your practice, confirmation that you are a performing arts professional, and your preferred timeslot and we’ll get back to you with availability.
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Who can book the space?

• Performing arts professionals may continue to rehearse and train,
• Performing arts professionals may continue to perform for broadcast or recording purposes,
• Professional dancers may continue to use the dance studio.
We will be working in response to demand with our schedule, so please be aware of other individuals needs with your requests. We allow 15mins to clean the space after each use.  Please check Open Source Arts Covid-19 safety measures before booking.

What do we mean by ‘performing arts returning to training, rehearsal and performance’?

This guidance applies to those who engage in activities in the performing arts including but not limited to performers (actors, singers, dancers, musicians, other performers), coaches, support workers, choreographers, costume designers, set builders, accompanists, directors, stage managers and other creative, technical and operational production team members. It applies to training, rehearsal and pre-production activities, and performances which take place with or without a live audience, wherever these activities occur.

Subject to change, in line with Government Guidance.

If you would like to support the performing arts in Leeds then you’re welcome to donate to help us with our financial sustainability!

Booking a space

If you are interested in using a space at Open Source Arts, please fill in our enquiry form

When considering hiring a space, please request for the whole time you will need the space, including any set-up and take-down time for your activity. We offer bookings in hour blocks, and bookings must be an hour minimum. Please call us for standby space.