News: Clore Leadership Programme

Wednesday 14 January 2004

- established in 2003 by the Clore Duffield Foundation as a new initiative to strengthen leadership across the arts, is now accepting applications for its first group of Fellowships to start in September 2004.

Some twenty Fellowships will be available, with training beginning at the end of September 2004. Applications are open to any EU resident who has had at least five years’ work experience, in the cultural sector or beyond. The flexibly designed Fellowship will normally last for one year, during which Clore Fellows will attend two intensive residential leadership courses, receive individual tuition and mentoring, extend their management experience through a high profile secondment and have an opportunity to engage in reflection and research. Fellows will have the option of remaining with their present employers, and following the course in stages, or of receiving a full-time bursary of £20,000. Direct associated costs, including tuition fees, will be met by the Programme. A number of Fellowships, co-funded with other organisations, will be focused on specific areas.

Chris Smith, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, said “We are looking for people who will become part of the next generation of leaders in the cultural sector – meaning the performing and visual arts, heritage, museums, libraries and archives, and cultural policy and administration. We don’t mind where they come from, provided they have passion, motivation, self-awareness and proven achievement. We will be looking out for that imaginative spark that marks out a potential leader, someone who can innovate, energise and inspire, as well as deliver.”

Thanks to partnerships established with other organisations, a number of Fellowships will be dedicated to specific areas: The King’s Fund Fellowship to develop new links between the arts and health; three Youth Music Fellowships to develop leadership in the field of music; England’s Northwest Fellowship for a leader wishing to develop their career in the North West Region; in a similar way, an East Midlands Fellowship; the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Fellowship for some who plans to become a cultural leader in Northern Ireland; and a Creative Partnerships Fellowship. A number of other dedicated, co-funded Fellowships are under discussion. The major funding partners for the Programme include Arts Council England, Re:source, and the Clore Duffield Foundation.
The closing date for applications is 20 February 2004, and interviews will be held between 19 April and 5 May 2004.

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Press links
‘The £1m-hunt for the arts leaders of the future has begun with the aim of plugging a talent gap at the top of Britain’s major institutions.
A trend towards foreigners taking the best jobs in British art, combined with some high-profile management crises, has prompted the foundation of more than 20 annual fellowships to boost training. Louise Jury, Independent, 14 Jan

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