This is your history; you be the guide.

Do you want to learn more about the Black history of Leeds?

Do you want to explore how culture, heritage and the arts can transform public spaces?

Do you want to use your creative voice to lead change, and shape your city’s story?

Then Aire to There is the project for you! Over three days you will learn the local and international history of the Leeds Waterfront, uncover hidden stories and use your voice to guide others by creating audio tracks for walking and boat tours.

Led by Joe Williams (founder of award-winning Leeds Black History Walks) and supported by historical researchers and Aire Ambassadors, you will pick the route, select the stories and perform the audio for the tours. This will be launched to the public in the summer with an outdoor event and exhibition as well as the audio walk being downloadable online.

Aire to There is presented through the partnership of Ignite Yorkshire, IVE, Heritage Corner, Canal Connections and the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

Who is it for?

We are looking for 10 creative and open-minded young people from Leeds (aged 16 - 25) who have questions about how and where history is told.

We strongly encourage people from diverse backgrounds to register but the project is open to everyone, regardless of your background or level of qualification.

You must be able to commit to attending the initial three days of the project. You will also need to commit to other dates which will be confirmed as the project is developed.

Why take part?

This is a paid opportunity. You will receive a minimum of £83.16 for the three days, plus any travel expenses.

Aire to There is a great opportunity to:

  • Develop your skills in communication, research and audio technology
  • Gain paid experience in the cultural, creative heritage sector
  • Discover hidden histories
  • Meet and work with other young people interested in history, arts and creativity
  • Voice your perspective
  • Shape the story of your city


Wednesday June 2nd – Friday June 4th 2021, 11am - 5pm daily.

There are 10 places available for Aire to There. Please apply online using our sign-up form.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 16th May 2021, 11:59pm

We will let you know whether your application has been successful by Monday 24th May 2021.

We are planning for the project to take place at the Leeds Waterfront, but this is subject to change, depending on COVID-19 guidance.

If you have any questions please get in touch with us! You can email Selina at [email protected].

Apply now

This work is supported with funding from Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund through their Kick The Dust programme and is part of a Yorkshire wide youth project – Ignite Yorkshire. Ignite Yorkshire has a mission to ignite a revolution in how Yorkshire’s industrial heritage is viewed, enjoyed and looked after by young people, taking inspiration from the past to build skills for the future.

Images by JMA Photography.