About the Fellowship Programme
Applications for 2014/15 Fellowships will open in January 2014.
The Clore Leadership Programme was set up to develop outstanding cultural leaders, mainly, but not exclusively, in the UK and has awarded over 230 Fellowships to outstanding individuals from across the creative and cultural sector. Fellows come from diverse backgrounds. They may be working freelance or within organisations, of all types and sizes, in areas ranging from archives to theatre production, and including visual and performing arts, film and digital media, heritage, creative industries, museums, libraries and cultural policy.
The Fellowship Programme aims to shape aspiring leaders through in-depth learning, tailored as far as possible to the needs, aspirations and circumstances of about 25 individuals a year. The structure of the programme includes residential courses, an extended placement, individually-selected training, mentoring and coaching. Fellows have unparalleled access to senior cultural leaders, a diverse peer group and to extensive networks.
Fellows are selected primarily from the UK and Ireland and also from other countries. International Fellows in previous years have been residents of Canada, China, Egypt, Hungary, India, Iran, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Some been nominated and supported through the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, through the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
The impact of the Programme has been wide-ranging and Fellows have found many different contexts in which to be leaders. Some, for example, have gone on to take significant leadership roles within organisations, heading up museums, theatres, orchestras and library services; some have returned to their jobs with renewed confidence, more extensive networks and advanced skills. Some Fellows are working independently, and are actively engaged in creative activity, whilst others have set up ground-breaking new charities or independent businesses. Many Fellows are members of the Boards of cultural organisations, they are advocates for their sector and are influencing thinking about culture.
"The Fellowship has enabled me to ask searching questions of myself, to identify and hone my own leadership style, to clarify my strengths and weaknesses, and to gain the confidence to run an organisation which plays to these strengths." Erica Whyman, Clore Fellow.