“In school there’s more going on… so you get distracted easily, but in MAP, it’s smaller. When we’ve got an issue or a problem they’re there for you, and they know what you’re about. It’s a good vibe, and everyone gets along… It’s helped me to figure out what I have to do in life, and what not to do in life… After MAP, I’m going to back to school.” Kenny, student

MAP is a registered charity which delivers bespoke courses in art, design and music production for young people who have difficulties accessing mainstream education.

We believe in the combination of a wholesome yet structured learning programme with the use of innovative technologies and hands-on experience for our students. In addition to its regular courses, MAP offers many opportunities for local residents, artists and volunteers to get involved. By enabling the sharing of skills and experience between diverse members of the Leeds community, MAP has evolved into a wider arts hub which we believe is unique in the area.

We aim to create a platform for mutual encouragement and inspiration amongst individuals, providing a realistic route of progression to follow; after completing their course at MAP, many of our students have gone on to pursue further education or a career in the arts. Some have even returned to MAP as volunteers, demonstrating the overwhelmingly positive impact of their experiences with us.


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As a registered charity MAP relies on the generosity of its supporters. We hold regular fundraising events and welcome volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds; to find out more, please contact us. If you would like to make a donation, please follow the ‘donate’ button:


MAP was established in 2008 by Tom Smith, Charlie Greenwood and Kat Soutar in the premises at Hope House, Mabgate, Leeds. Coming from arts, education and music backgrounds, its founders envisaged to provide a welcoming and professionally driven learning environment, whilst individually crafting courses around each learner’s needs.

Since February 2008, MAP has been taking referrals from the Local Education Authority, Pupil Referral Units and several schools, working with some of the most marginalised young people in Leeds.

In 2009, MAP’s newly developed gallery space was opened to the public for arts and music events, hosting exhibitions of work by MAP students as well as emerging and established artists. MAP’s involvement with members of the local and arts community has since continued to develop, resulting in several interdisciplinary and multicultural projects realised both on and offsite.

MAP has historically offered Arts Awards, NOCN Step Up and ASDAN Wider Key Skills qualifications to its students. In 2013 we were successful in enriching our education portfolio by gaining additional BTEC qualifications in Art and Design and Creative Media; we feel this is a natural progression in the organisation’s quest for educational excellence, providing an even wider set of opportunities for our students.