Whether you are a visitor to the area or a resident, there are plenty of opportunities for people of all ages to take part in the arts in North Yorkshire.

View the links below to see the wide variety of arts organisations and artists providing creative activity in the area, which include festivals, galleries, community arts, arts in health, public art, creative businesses as well as arts venues.

Funding and support

The main source of arts funding is:

You should check the eligibility criteria for each before applying.

You can also search for funding via our business grants pages or alternatively see if you are eligible to apply to the new North Yorkshire Reward Grant Fund for voluntary and community groups. Funding may also be available through your district council.

Arts development

We work with selected partners to promote the arts throughout the county and:

  • provide arts for children and young people (see the youth support service and the school music service pages) and supports three projects: voluntary arts, festivals and events and arts-based creative industries;
  • supports culture in general, and the arts in particular, to demonstrate how they can enhance quality of life and impact on the regeneration of communities;
  • give funding to five arts delivery partners whose work has significant benefits across North Yorkshire:
    • Chrysalis Arts - Based in the village of Gargrave, near Skipton this artist-led public art, training and arts development company works both locally and nationally;
    • The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond - The theatre, in Richmond, was built in 1788 and was restored and extended in 2003. As Britain's most complete Georgian playhouse, we invite you to explore the theatre, its history and what's on offer;
    • Harrogate (White Rose) Theatre - This theatre in the lovely spa town of Harrogate offers a wealth of varied and highly entertaining shows to keep you and your family busy;
    • Rural Arts - Based in the newly refurbished Old Courthouse in Thirsk, Rural Arts provides community arts programmes to North Yorkshire communities, in remote rural areas, as well as market towns;
    • The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough - The SJT has a national and international reputation that attracts theatre-goers from around the world: with two auditoriums, a restaurant, exhibition space, cinema and shop.