Clore Leadership Programme
Clore Leadership Programme



Short Courses


"The supportive learning environment on the course meant it felt safe to take risks, be honest and try new things."

What is the Short Course?

It’s a two-week residential course providing intensive training in the essential knowledge and skills required by cultural leaders today.  For further information about the course and content please visit the Structure of the Course page.

Who is it for?

We’re looking for ambitious and creative individuals who aspire to lead and make a difference. You must have at least five years’ paid work experience (normally in the arts, museums and/or libraries sector) and to be eligible for a place funded by Arts Council England you must be working in England.  The course is suitable for people working in organisations as well as freelance artists and independents. Click here to read more on the attributes we look for in a potential leader.

How will I learn?

The course blends real-life examples with group work, practical skills and tools. Your active participation is encouraged and you will be expected to challenge and stretch yourself. Sharing with and learning from each other features strongly across the fortnight. 

What difference will the course make?

By attending the course you will:

  • Better understand your strengths and how to build on them
  • Gain confidence in your skills
  • Build strong networks and relationships across the cultural sector
  • Acquire the tools and skills necessary to achieve your ambition as a leader

How do I apply?

Application is via a straightforward online form. During the selection process we are looking for applicants who can demonstrate their:

  •  Desire to lead
  •  Ambition for themselves and the cultural sector
  •  Openness to learning and creativity

For futher information please visit the Applying for a Clore Short Course page.


How much does it cost to attend?

The Short Course Programme is supported by Arts Council England, through a three-year commissioned grant to develop resilient leadership. To be eligible for a subsidised place (see below for fees), applicants must be working in England and be committed to developing their career as a cultural leader in England.

The subsidised cost of the course is:

£900 + VAT for individuals or those in organisations of 1-10 employees


£1800 + VAT for those in organisations employing more than 10 employees

For other support that may be available please visit the Bursaries page.

If you would like to add your name to the mailing list to be advised of future courses please register your interest.  If you have any specific queries that are not answered on our website, please contact Robbie at


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The Clore Leadership Programme is an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation