Brilliant Routes Programme


Clore Leadership is pleased to be working with Clore Fellow Gaylene Gould to curate Brilliant Routes, a strand of programming focused on supporting Black Asian and Ethnically Diverse leaders and addressing issues of progression and retention. This forms a key part of Clore Leadership's Inclusive Leadership delivery for Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership programme, which prioritises activities to address existing gaps in diversity in the leadership of culture.

Brilliant Routes will pilot and test different ways to combat the issue of Black Asian and Ethnically Diverse leadership progression using a variety of formats to address issues of influence, kinship building, thought-leadership, self-compassion and career expansion.

The programme will run from October 2020 to March 2021 and will include:

  • Monthly Brilliant Routes Sessions – sessions that share learnings from Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse leaders on areas specific to the needs of leaders of colour. Kinship Building, How to Influence from the Inside to How to Commit Radical Acts of Culture Change are some of the exploratory topics
  • Kinship Circles will be created for Black Asian and Ethnically Diverse leaders at various levels to offer ongoing peer-peer support
  • Pass It On Mentoring space will connect and provide support for intergenerational leaders 
  • Learning Zone – a curated space for writings and reflections on the programme and the wider conversation on the job of culture change. A specially commissioned Brilliant Routes podcast will feature in-conversations, strategies and discussions.

While Brilliant Routes is designed as a restorative space for Black Asian and Ethnically Diverse leaders, we know these leaders will not flourish until there is a cultural environment expansive and permissive enough for them. The programme will connect in with other programmes and agencies to help activate wider reform. 

Please find information on our past and upcoming events below. If you would like to be added to the mailing list sign up here.


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Kinship Circles
March 2021

Brilliant Routes Sessions 2021
January-March 2021
Speakers include: Melanie Keen, Nikesh Shukla, Edeline Lee, Madani Younis

Influencing from the Inside
Tuesday 15 December 2020
Hilary Carty, Krishnendu Majumdar

The Art of the Campaign
Wednesday 25 November 2020
David Ogunmuyiwa, Prema Mehta, Amanda Parker

Building Kinships
Thursday 22 October 2020
Sara Wajid, Joint CEO Birmingham Museums Trust & Kevin Osbourne, Founder of MeWe 360 

Space for Change
June-July 2020
Gaylene Gould, Jackee Holder and Clore Leadership Director Hilary Carty 

Feedback from previous events: 

“It was a space where I did not have to explain myself, even before a word had been said. That in itself was a weight lifted - for there to be space in being present without presenting a falsehood.”
Space for Change, How to Hold Your Space Participant

“I found the approach taken by Gaylene and Hilary to be extremely open and patient, whilst also challenging for all the participants. I also found it helpful to hear the experiences of other white people in leadership positions, and to know that there is much willingness to acknowledge our own bias and address our own complicity in structural racism”
Space for Change, How to Create Space Particpant

The times we are living in and the disproportionate impact on the communities I work with means that I am both exhausted and restless. Brilliant Routes is exactly the kind of event I need: a boost of nourishment when rest is not forthcoming.
Building Kinships Participant

"Such a relief to have a safe space to just be myself, and be open about the discrimination issues I'm facing in my workplace."
The Art of the Campaign Participant

"My first professional development session in a minority context and it was liberating in a way I hadn't expected. Really helpful to hear from peers and to learn from those who have forged a path ahead of us. Encouraging to hear different ways of being a leader and to be given the vocabulary to describe different things that come up as an ethnic minority in the arts."
Influencing from the Inside Participant