Brilliant Routes: Building Kinships

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Brilliant Routes is designed to test different ways to combat the issue of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leadership progression. Brilliant Routes is for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leaders only.

About this Event

We've been hearing a lot of lately about what it takes to be an ally but not enough about the critical importance of kinships.

Kinships are deep-seated co-supportive relationships that go beyond instrumental needs but help grow visions and sustain well-being. Kinship building is key to the art of leading strategically while creating a strong supportive space for yourself to grow. When you are a cultural exception, it's important to build kinships with those with whom you share a cultural affinity for your own well being. When you are a cultural exception, it's often necessary to build kinships with those who do not share a cultural perspective. The act of building relationships with the like-minded and across lines of difference can be both invigorating and depleting. Loving communities can carry their own specific challenges.

Not everyone who looks like you shares the same view and the pressure to meet everyone's needs can add an extra representational burden. Building a progressive bridge with colleagues, funders, or partners who do not share your view on culture or politics can seem impossible. This session will provide space to share perspectives on the challenges, the possibilities and the winning strategies of kinship building.

The session will be led by a conversation with two cultural leaders - Kevin Osborne and Sara Wajid - who will share their own learnings before a chance for participants to reflect on their own.

Kevin Osborne

Kevin Osborne has spent the last 30 years as leader, producer and developer in the arts and creative industries supporting Black, Asian and ethnically diverse talent. He has worked as an executive producer in the music industry; a consultant in the arts and undertaken extensive research on Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leadership at Bath University and the Clore Leadership Programme.

He founded MeWe360, a social enterprise established in 2012 to support BAME entrepreneurial talent in reaching its full potential and to promote a more equitable and representative sector.

In 2019 he started Skin in the Game, a blog looking at current affairs, popular culture and issues in society through the lens of race, identity and power.

Sara Wajid

Sara Wajid, is Head of Engagement at Museum of London working on the development of the new museum. She will start as Joint CEO of Birmingham Museums Trust in November 2020 with Zak Mensah. Sara and Zak met through the anti-racist museum network for people of colour, Museum Detox. Prior to working in museums she was a cultural commentator, editor and journalist specialising in cultural politics, race and representation. She is a trustee of the Pitt Rivers Museum and part of the Space Invaders feminist collective.

Who Is It For?

This session is for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse arts sector workers.


The session will operate on a Pay-What-You-Decide basis. The minimum payment is £1 but you can opt to pay a higher fee as a donation.

Refunds on customer cancellations

We do not offer refunds and are not able to transfer bookings to other events for bookings made and subsequently cancelled by the customer.

Postponement or Cancellations By Clore Leadership

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