About Creative Kirklees

Creative Kirklees is a free guide to arts and creative events, news and opportunities in Kirklees, West Yorkshire.

Artists, arts organisations, arts group and creative businesses can register on the site, share events and latest news, add opportunities and showcase their creative work.

Visitors can find out what’s going on, where to go and who’s working creatively in Kirklees (Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Dewsbury, Batley and surrounding areas).

Where is Kirklees?
The district of Kirklees is set in the heart of West Yorkshire and with 70% green belt, thriving towns, and rural villages it is an area of contrast.  It’s two major centres of Huddersfield and Dewsbury are encompassed by the smaller towns of Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite

Visitors to the site.
If you’re looking for arts and creative events or activities take a look at the What’s On section or search using the magnifying glass icon on the left of the What's On page.  You can search using key words, search by age group or by type of arts event.  If you want to find an artist, arts group or creative business see who’s listed in the Creative Directory or do your own search. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what's on each week.

Register with the site
If you're a creative of any kind - artist, arts group, creative organisation, creative business or venue - you can create a profile page and showcase your work to others in Kirklees and beyond. Then you can add your events, share your latest news or promote opportunities. There is no cost to do this.  Simply click here to register and begin creating your profile.

Share on social media
Anyone can share a profile, event, news or opportunity – if you see something you like you can share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter by clicking on the icons at the bottom of the item.

Receive newsletter updates
Keep up-to-date with what’s going on and subscribe to our weekly newsletter.  It’s packed with an amazing variety of arts and creative events and activities each week – you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Creative Kirklees is managed by the Creative Economy Team at Kirklees Council to support the arts and creative sector and the valuable contribution it makes to the local economy.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 

Key features of Creative Kirklees

Here are a few key features of the site available to users with a profile:

Directory – profile pages for artists, organisations, creative individuals, businesses or venues, listed in a dynamic, searchable directory covering the whole of the Arts & Creative business community, from artists to festivals, web designers, poets, musicians, galleries, architects and theatre companies to name a few.

News – each profile page can add news, events, space listings and opportunities to the site, which are fed directly to users via the website and the newsletter.

Events – a dynamic events listings area of the site allows users to easily find events matching their individual areas of interest and location.  Try clicking 'map view' to see the results on a map, or search by postcode to find events near you!

Spaces – an area dedicated to creative space listings, whether that be studio space, commercial or community venues, galleries, theatre or creative making space.

Opportunities – jobs, voluntary opportunities, training, project opportunities and commissions, all posted directly by the Arts & Creative community.

Uploads - fast and high quality video and audio streaming all the images, videos and audio files uploaded by users can be found under the media section.  You can add content from both Vimeo and YouTube.

Social media integration – one click to share content to social media channels pushing more customers towards the site and its users.

Newsletter – each week the latest postings to the site will be compiled into a newsletter for registered users of the site.  Make sure to click 'receive newsletter' in your account settings to make sure you're signed up!

Map view - your events and spaces will be displayed on a Google map.  The views system also enables RSS feeds against any website content.

On site analytics - you can see how many views your profile is generating for each media item you post.

All of the above functionality is available in a mobile version of the site, featuring GPS-enabled map view functionality so users can quickly find your events and spaces near them.

Banner image above: Manasamitra