This case study looks at ESA’s artist development programme, which is uniquely tailored to the specific needs of each artist. East Street Arts (ESA) is a visual arts organisation working across artists’ needs. ESA believes a vibrant creative sector is important to a healthy society. The organisation takes a holistic approach to working with artists, empowering them to realise their potential by providing an appropriate environment, professional and contextual support while maintaining a critical and outward-facing programme.
ESA recognises the importance of workspace to artists, as both a physical place in which to make work and a space in which to meet and interact with other artists. The organisation currently runs two studio complexes, Patrick and Beaver Studios in Leeds, which are key contributors to the vitality of the Leeds artistic culture.