Emerging Futures 2020

What will the Arts, Culture and Creative Industries look like in 10 years time? Do you have an idea? Will you lead us there?

After a sell-out event in 2018, Emerging Futures is back! This online conference is for early-career change-makers working independently or within organisations in the Arts, Culture & Creative Industries across the UK. The conference and series of satellite workshops are a chance to hear from leaders, trailblazers and activists, make connections with others and exchange ideas on what leadership is and will be for the Creative sector.

It’s never too early to start thinking about leadership - you don’t need to be managing a team to be a leader and you don’t need to be at the top of a traditional organisational hierarchy. Find out more by joining us at Emerging Futures 2020.



Performance artist, theatre maker, poet and writer Travis Alabanza will kick off the conference with a keynote entitled 'Feel the Fear and Lead Anyway'.

Closing the conference will be Chief Executive Producer at The Shed in New York, Madani Younis, with a keynote entitled 'Power: Individual, Collective, Structural'.

Other confirmed speakers include:





Who Is It For?

Participants will have 2-5 years of work experience under their belt (this can include internships). You can be working for an organisation, or self employed as an artist or producer.

We know that leadership skills can develop through different lived experiences and alternative career pathways and we welcome and are committed to reflecting, respecting and greeting a diverse group of leaders.


When / Where / How Much?

The conference will take place on Tuesday 29 September, 10am - 2pm and Wednesday 30 September, 11am - 3.15pm. All events will take place online on Zoom.

The conference will operate on a Pay-What-You-Decide basis, with a suggested conference fee of £18. This will give you access to both days of conference content. The minimum payment is £1.

Satellite workshops will take place w/c Monday 5 October and are on sale now. These will be a chance to interact with other leaders and cover a range of more practical skills. Each workshop will be 2 hours.

Workshops also operate on a Pay-What-You-Decide basis with a suggested fee of £12 per workshop. Places are limited and are first come, first served. The minimum payment is £1.


A Clore Leadership conference in partnership with Contact, Manchester.

Supported by Arts Council EnglandEsmée Fairbairn Foundation and ArtFund.