Venue Hire


We have a wonderful multi-purpose space in a homely open urban warehouse setting at Aire Place Mills, Kirkstall Road, near to Leeds city centre in LS3. We are located a 5 minute car journey or 20 minute walk from Leeds Central Train Station. Space at Open Source Arts 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 indeed the whole venue can be hired. Depending on activities, multiple spaces could be in use at any one time by different groups, including by visitors to the cafe. As such, unless full venue hire is requested there is usually a mixture of 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. Pop in to see it in person, or contact us to see if it would suit your event.

‘I ran a days movement & creativity workshop at Open Source Arts. I found it a wonderful space to work in, open, light & spacious with a real homely & creative feel to it.
The sound system was good & powerful & there was plenty of space for my group to spread out with table & chairs to work at & a well supplied kitchen to have tea’s & lunch. I highly recommend this space if you’re looking for a venue to run a workshop or ongoing group. I only wish it was nearer to where I live! I’ll be back soon to run more.’

‘I booked the studio for a participatory performance as a part of my studies. I found you guys to be very open to things and keen to help – even though you’re obviously super busy! The facilities were perfect for my needs.’

Studio space

Studio Space

This is a bright, warm and airy studio space. This flexible space has an oak sprung dance floor and a softer carpeted floor can be temporarily used on top. 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. Capacity: 15-80 (depending on activity).

Plenary Space

This downstairs space is flexible and ideal for conferences or intimate concerts. The plenary area houses some temporary visual exhibition space.
Dimensions: 11m x 12m. Capacity: 120.

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. Capacity: 1-20 (depending on activity).

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. Capacity: 15.

Metal/Wood Workshop

We have a practical, well-resourced manufacturing workshop for metalwork and woodwork.
Dimensions: 15m x 4m. Capacity: 8 bench space.

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. Capacity: 15 bench space.

Cafe Space

Our cafe serves fresh, wholesome food, homemade on the premises along with tea and organic coffee. 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, coffee machine and bar facilities (available subject to license approval). Catering provision is available in house.
Dimensions: 8m x 6m. Capacity seated: 30.

Catering Options

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 semi-accessible toilets, and a fully fitted kitchen.

This is some of the equipment we have, but not an exhaustive list.


  • 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

Audio visual equipment

  • Mixing desk (12 channel or 16 channel)
  • 2 vocal microphones (one sm58, one pa45)
  • 2 microphone stands
  • Speakers (2 x 600w 15” subs and 2 x 350w 15” mid tops)
  • 2 x 750w powered monitors
  • Various leads and cables, microphone cables and jack leads

Space and Venue Hire Options

We are happy to be able to offer a variety of ways to use the space at Open Source Arts, ranging from last minute cheap space for artists to practice, to full venue hire for corporate conferences.


Standby Space

If you are looking for a space last minute, then there is the option to hire any of our spaces (apart from the café space) at the discount rate of £5 and hour. Standby space isn’t available for commercial hires. There is no guarantee that a space will be available, but we will try to fit you in if we can! We may not be able to accommodate all equipment/room layout requests for standby space that we could for space hire due to the late notice.

Please call 0113 246 89 75 to see if a space is available.

Standby space is considered with less than 48th hours notice. Our core opening hours are 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, depending on activities. 

Shared Space

We offer the following slots for shared space hire for individual spaces at £5/hr per person:
Monday 10am-4pm
Saturday 2pm-4pm

There will be a maximum of 4 people in each space during the shared space slots. Open Source Arts is an open plan venue, therefore if there are other people in the space then you may need to negotiate what music if any is played via the P.A. Shared space can be booked up to two weeks in advance and isn’t available for commercial use.

Space Hire and Venue Hire

If you are interested in using a space at Open Source Arts, please get in touch via the form below. 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. 



Venue and Space Hire