Creative Cafe

The creative cafe is every Wednesday 10am-3pm.

The creative cafe is a weekly opportunity to work and create in a studio setting without needing a contract. There’ll be the chance to hire and use equipment, work on your own projects and also learn more skills.

All abilities are welcome in this safe space. Are you looking to improve your technique or learn something new? Come have a chat with one of our experienced facilitators who will be on hand to guide you through the equipment use and talk with you about your work.

Materials for each skill share will be available to buy, rent or if you have them already please bring your own.

Our Team-

Hannah Merrill is an American artist living and working from her home studio in Leeds with a Bachelors in Fine arts. Her work focuses on Watercolour painting with a minor focus on relief printmaking and oil painting.  She works and teaches around North and West Yorkshire in a plethora of mediums from Children’s arts and crafts, to Adult painting, printmaking, and craft Workshops.

Sarah Francis is the founder of Aire Place Studios and is an award winning artist. As a curator, project coordinator and an artist who exhibits her own work, Sarah has a broad understanding of the creative arts scene within Leeds and the surrounding areas. Sarah has an academic art background, with a First Class BA Honours in Photography and an MFA in Fine Art (graded Distinction) from Leeds University. Working within community arts, and with a diverse understanding of creative workshops, Sarah is on hand to help with your projects!

At Aire Place Studios we believe in removing barriers to being creative; we will never turn anyone away from our community due to lack of funds. We are passionate about opening the exploration of creative passions and ideas to everyone, so please get in touch if your financial situation would prevent you from coming along.

As a community enterprise we do, however, need to make sure we can keep the space going, to invest in more opportunities, equipment and projects . To use the Drop-in Studio we do ask for people to purchase tea and snacks from the cafe.

We have a small stock of creative materials you can buy, plus a PAYF recycled art and supplies store.


Equipment includes:

Print press

Archival printer

Badge maker

Sewing machines

Projector (Digital/OHP/Light Box Projector)

A2 Cutter

Pyrography (Fire Writing Tools)

Wood Work Tools

and many many more!