Inclusive Cultures

A six-month development programme for cultural leaders ready to take radical steps towards systemic change and inclusive culture making.

We’re living through unprecedented times. As leaders, we have a duty to ensure that our recovery is equitable, accessible and solution focused, involving D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent perspectives as paramount. 

Taking Inclusive Recovery Principles and the Six Traits of Inclusive Leadership as starting points, Inclusive Cultures will challenge and inspire leaders to take risks, sit with discomfort, and take action to make culture inclusive, responsive and accessible to all.



What is it?

A disabled led programme for cultural leaders wanting to challenge themselves to do better around inclusion and access in their organisations or practice. Inclusive Cultures is designed by Diverse City in association with Sarah Pickthall, and commissioned by Clore Leadership.

The aim is to create a safe space for leaders to  challenge themselves and take risks, build confidence, capacity and clarity, and make abstract inclusivity concepts real; to support participants to demonstrably lead - and succeed more coherently - in inclusive practice;  and to cascade this learning through their organisations and projects going forwards.

Over 6 months, the participants and coaches will work together, exploring challenges including:

  • What do we actually mean by inclusive cultures?
  • How can we ensure that a diversity of D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse perspectives are an intrinsic part of defining our future cultural landscape?
  • What does it take to succeed in inclusive practice?
  • How can we challenge ableism in a way that shifts the system for all?

The six month programme comprises:

  • 3 x ½ day seminars
  • 4 x group coaching sessions and peer networking
  • Flexible self study time - thinking, reading, writing, taking action

The final seminar will be shaped to showcase participants’ achievements.

Who is it for?

Individual leaders working within or alongside arts and culture organisations.  Those who are responsible for and/or have a burning interest in equity, diversity and inclusion, inclusive recovery, and challenging ableism as part of their work. 

There are 50 places available on this programme.

How much does it cost?

To remove any financial barriers to attendance the programme is fully funded for all successful applicants.

What will participants get out of it?

Each participant is invited to come with a particular focus shared as part of their application process.  Individually and within a group, participants will focus on finding new solutions to their questions and quandaries in a supported coaching environment, challenging systemic bias, discrimination and ableism as they go, and leading on shaping a new inclusive cultural landscape for all. 

“Inclusive Cultures  is about being the change we want to see but ensuring that everyone is involved in that process, sharing the labour of this together.”  - Sarah Pickthall - Clore Leadership Diversity Associate & Coach

‘Inclusive Cultures  is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively towards ensuring our sector is fit for purpose, welcoming and utilising all, and shifts from policy to action, as we come back to a radically altered landscape’.  Jamie Beddard, Director, Diverse City

The commitment required

June 25th 2021 - 10am-4.30pm - Seminar a.m + Coaching Conversations p.m

July 16th - 10am-4.30pm - Seminar a.m + Coaching Conversations p.m

Sept 17th – 2pm-4.30pm Coaching Conversations

Oct 15th - 10am-4.30pm Seminar a.m + Coaching Conversations p.m



How to apply

  • Apply online by 3pm, Friday 14th May 2021
  • You can apply in writing, in BSL / video, or via an audio file

To apply for this opportunity, please complete the application form via the registration button on this page and send us your answers to the following questions - approx 300 words for each:

  1. What is your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and ending ableism in your current role - to what extent is this currently reflected across your projects and/or organisation?
  2. What do you want to focus your personal development time on as part of the Inclusive Cultures programme? What feels like the most radical thing that you could do to achieve the change you want to see?
  3. What would you like to have solved or resolved by the end of the programme?

Selection criteria - what are we looking for?

  • Evidence of a demonstrable commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Insights, ideas and a vision for the change needed in the the sector to end ableism
  • Ability to commit to the full programme

We will let you know if your application has been successful by Tuesday 25th May 2021.