We recognise that access is not just about physical ramps. The most significant barrier to access for artists is often openness, so we work hard to train all our staff to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible as to recognise the importance of individual needs.

In a challenging world we want to be as welcoming to artists with mental health conditions, complex needs or neuro diversity, as to those with physical or learning disabilities as we recognise the important role the arts play in well-being of both individuals and communities.

We wish to create an informal and flexible environment in which individual needs can be met if we possibly can. When funding allows, we want to explore new ways of creating connections between artists and  audiences –whether that be through integrated signing, digital technology or non-verbal interpretation.

We want to work with artists and companies who share our commitment to inclusive practice and want to break down barriers to access.

We actively welcome artists and companies who are open to experimentation in terms of interpretation and audience engagement – where the rule book can be torn up in order to enhance visitors experience and create a welcoming and inclusive environment.

We recognise that we will not always get it right so we wish to foster a climate of honesty and mutual respect where artists can highlight concerns and suggestions for improvements that we can then build in to our investment plans

Through this, we strive to be clear and honest about the opportunities we can offer creatives; whether they are aspiring, established, or anything in-between. This is why we developed the Talent Development Roadmap to point you in the right direction.

Below you will see seven coloured boxes that identify different stages within a creative’s life: Young People, Students, Non-Professionals, Early Career, Mid-Career, Established and a further look at the world of Digital. Each one is vital to the arts and needed within our communities to make our cultural sector as vibrant and diverse as possible.

To establish an easy-to-follow roadmap, we chose these identifiers to showcase how we can help creatives at all stages. Although we define each area, all stages are subjective and you can place yourself where you see fit. This roadmap is an ever -volving piece of work that will change as we grow and expand to offer more opportunities, but for now click below to begin!



Young People






Early Career


Mid Career





Creative Support

We want to support creatives at any level to reach new heights and grow within their field. However, our team can get very busy throughout the year.

Nonetheless, we endeavour to help where we can – which is why we have devised three Artist Support avenues that may be right for you.

This is the first place we put all of our creative opportunities, such as artist residencies or commissions. Explore them today by clicking here.

Coffee meet-ups, access to rehearsal space, and the discussions of proposal ideas; we encourage emerging artists to make the first move by emailing programming@le.ac.uk – We can’t guarantee individual feedback to each and every enquiry, but we will try to signpost you on to other opportunities wherever possible.

If you have a burning question, want to send in your CV, or share you portfolio this may be the place for you by emailing visualarts@le.ac.uk . However, it must be noted that the visual arts team are very busy so will not have time to respond to everyone. We would also advise against pitching a new exhibition, as the gallery spaces are planned out 2-3 years in advance.

Disability Arts Online

An organisation led by disabled people, set up to advance disability arts and culture within the sector.

Artist Union England

A great resource for support, guidance and advice regarded your artistic career and rights when working.

CVAN East Midlands

CVAN celebrates and supports arts and culture in the East Midlands, emphasising equity and access for all arts workers.


An arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within cultural sectors to shift perceptions of disabled people.


The largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK that has a reputation for providing compelling insights and informing cultural policy.