Emerging Futures 2020: The Workshops

This series of satellite workshops, accompanying the Emerging Futures conference, 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.

These workshops are for early-career change-makers working independently or within organisations in the Arts, Culture & Creative Industries across the UK. Participants will have been working in the sector for 2-5 years.


The Workshops

Working Well With Others with Amanda Smethurst

Date/Time: Tuesday 6 October 2020 / 10:00 - 12:00

This session will cover people and team management, specifically when in the early stages of your career.

Clore Leadership Associate Amanda Smethurst is an independent consultant, coach and facilitator with a particular focus on organisational development, change and strategic planning within the cultural sector.


Fundraising with Nancy Hitzig

Date/Time: Tuesday 6 October 2020 / 14:00 - 16:00

This session will look at the fundraising trends and landscape in a COVID-world, looking at different types of income and prospecting. Expect bid writing tips, practical exercises and real-life examples. Come with a project in mind!

Nancy Hitzig has been a professional fundraiser for over a decade in Canada and the UK. Working in the arts, culture and heritage sectors, Nancy has raised millions for organisations and is deeply passionate about supporting a thriving creative class – particularly music makers, dancers and artists.


Self Care and Resilience with Lucy Duggan

Date/Time: Wednesday 7 October 2020 / 10:00 - 12:00

This session will provide information and motivation to support you as you build personal resilience looking through the lenses of Choice, Connection, Creativity and Centredness and the role that these concepts have to play in how we strengthen ourselves.

Director of Light Box Leadership, Clore Fellow of the Wellcome Trust and a pioneer in public mental health promotion, Lucy Duggan also coaches and trains companies in the UK and internationally on a variety of leadership subjects, her specialism being resilience.


Finance with Tom Wilcox

Date/Time: Wednesday 7 October 2020 / 14:00 - 16:00

This session will examine organisational finances and good practice in budgeting alongside helping to build an understanding of management accounts and reserves.

Clore Leadership Associate Tom Wilcox is Partner at Counterculture, a specialist strategic and financial consultancy for the arts. He was Managing Director of Whitechapel Gallery from 2003 to 2010 managing a £13m expansion.


Storytelling with Mathilde Petford

Date/Time: Thursday 8 October 2020 / 10:00 - 12:00

This session will look at how we tell stories about ourselves and our organisations and why storytelling can help with career progression, influence and advocacy.

Mathilde Petford is a Consultant for Beatfreeks, an engagement and insight agency with a vital community of young creatives.


Fundraising Office Hour with Nancy Hitzig

Date/Time: Thursday 8 October 2020 / 12:00 - 14:00

Book a 1:1 appointment with professional fundraiser, Nancy Hitzig. Bring an existing or hypothetical project to discuss for your 15 minute session. We will allot you a time slot within the two hour time slot.



Influence and Impact with Sarah Cartwright

Date/Time: Thursday 8 October 2020 / 14:00 - 16:00

This session will explore how to develop personal influencing styles and how to communicate with impact.

Clore Leadership Contributor Sarah Cartwright is a qualified Executive Coach with a Diploma in Leadership Mentoring and Executive Coaching from The Institute of Leadership and Management and is a member of The EMCC. Originally an actor, she combines her coaching and communication skills to help people develop their personal brand and presence.


Governance with Prue Skene

Date/Time: Friday 9 October 2020 / 10:00 - 12:00

This session will look at governance structures and the role of trustees as well as how to work effectively with boards. If you've thought about becoming a trustee but don't know where to start this workshop is for you.

Clore Leadership Head Governance Associate Prue Skene CBE has run performing companies such as Ballet Rambert and the English Shakespeare Company, set up a Fellowship programme to give grants to artists from all artforms as Director of the Arts Foundation, and worked as a freelance governance consultant.


Leadership in Curating with Subhadra Das and Dan Hicks

Date/Time: Friday 9 October 2020 / 15:30 - 17:30

This session will look at the current landscape and challenges in curating and how they feed into leadership in the sector.

Subhadra Das and Dan Hicks are ArtFund Headley Fellows. Subhadra Das is a writer, broadcaster, comedian and museum curator at UCL Culture. Dan Hicks is a British archaeologist and anthropologist. He is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford and Curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum.


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.

Ts and Cs

Each workshop is 2 hours and will take place online on Zoom. Places are limited and will operate on a first come, first served basis. We suggest booking a maximum of 3 workshops per person.

The workshops will operate on a Pay-What-You-Decide basis, with a suggested fee of £12 per workshop. The minimum payment is £1 per workshop plus fees.

Once you have booked your place(s) we will send you the Zoom link for registration.


A Clore Leadership initiative in partnership with Contact, Manchester.

Supported by Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and ArtFund.