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Leading with Resilience: Meet the 2022 Clore Fellows

Introducing the twenty-five Fellows from UK and Ireland and four International Fellows who will embark on the Clore Fellowship programme this autumn in its eighteenth year.

The 2022 Fellowship cohort mirrors the dynamism of the cultural sector and captures the breadth of experiences and aspirations of sector leaders looking ahead after a period of exceptional challenge.  Throughout the recruitment process, applicants highlighted the critical need for understanding, empathy, responsiveness and emotional support for a sector still facing an uncertain world. It laid bare the lasting impact of two very difficult years on a sector in urgent need of leadership support and development.

Responding to the fragility of the cultural landscape, Clore Leadership has remained committed to its core mission to invest in and support leaders to sustain a resilient and thriving arts and cultural sector. Now more than ever, Clore Leadership must underscore its value, relevance and contribution as it works to meet sector needs. While retaining much of the central leadership-learning curriculum around authenticity, values, strategy and inclusivity in leadership, the Fellowship Programme has been adapted in format and content to meet opportunities and challenges now present in the leadership of culture, particularly emphasising the leadership mindset and skill set needed to navigate the volatile and complex cultural landscape.

The 2022 cohort includes artists, curators, producers, directors and educators, many of whom work across disciplines and co-create with communities and underrepresented groups. Collectively they represent the breadth and depth of the sector covering nine different cultural disciplines, from solo practitioners to those in 200+ people organisations, and are based in eleven regions across the UK.

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England said:

“Innovative, creative leadership is vital in helping cultural organisations to navigate the challenges facing them and continue delivering brilliant artistic work for the audiences they serve.  We’re delighted to help promote these values by supporting another cohort of Clore Fellows, who represent an incredible breadth of talent from across the cultural sector.”

Moira Sinclair, Chair of Clore Leadership and Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said:

“Talking to leaders from across the cultural sector, I have been struck by just how much there is a need right now for space to breathe, to connect and reflect, to invest in the development of people and organisations. The Clore Fellowship provides just such an opportunity and I can’t wait to see how this year’s Fellows, bringing their diversity of experience, of discipline and of place, are able to engage with and enrich the process for their benefit and for the wider sector.”

Kate Bellamy, Director of the Clore Duffield Foundation said:

“On behalf of the Clore Duffield Foundation, I am delighted to welcome such a talented and committed group of people to the Clore Leadership Programme. I am excited to see what happens as their ideas, drive and passion are combined and nurtured, and the impact they will have on our culture and creativity.”

Clore Leadership are hugely grateful to the many strategic partners who have joined us in strengthening the workforce and driving excellence and innovation in the leadership of culture.

The major funding partners for the Clore Leadership Programme in 2022 are: the Clore Duffield Foundation which initiated the programme in 2003; Arts Council England, which funds the Fellowship and a range of other Clore Leadership programmes; a-n The Artists Information Company; Arts Council Ireland; the Arts and Humanities Research Council; Chevening Secretariat through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; Creative Scotland; Dancers’ Career Development Fund; Esmée Fairbairn; the Gatsby Charitable Foundation; the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region through Hong Kong Arts Development Council; National Lottery Heritage Fund; National Trust and The Linbury Trust.

The 2022 Clore Fellows are:

Arts Council Ireland Fellowship

The Arts Council Ireland Fellowship is supported by Arts Council Ireland


Zoe is a Dublin-born theatre and film director, and artistic director of multidisciplinary production company One Two One Two. She creates work that blends music, dance and film in English and Irish. Zoe has built up an impressive body of work focused on collaboration with a diverse range of artists.

Creative Scotland Fellowship

The Creative Scotland Fellowship is supported by Creative Scotland

Victoria Beesley

Victoria is Associate Director, Learning and Engagement at Perth Theatre and Concert Hall. A director, writer and producer. She specialises in creating theatre and multi-arts projects in collaboration with community participants and is passionate about reducing barriers to participating in arts and culture.

Dance Fellowship

The Dance Fellowship is supported by Dancers’ Career Development and The Linbury Trust

Richard Chappell

Richard Chappell is an internationally renowned choreographer. Since 2013, his ensemble Richard Chappell Dance (RCD) has been a platform for his choreographic research and critically acclaimed performance work. RCD creates memorable and moving dance at the forefront of theatre, community participation, interdisciplinary collaboration and site responsive performance. Richard is an Associate Artist at Exeter Northcott and Board Member at Swindon Dance.

Duffield Fellowships

The Duffield Fellowships are supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation

Stephanie Bain

Stephanie is the Literary Manager at the Almeida Theatre, where she plays a key role in the development and imagination of the artistic programme. Prior to her role at the Almeida, Stephanie was a Literary Agent at The Wylie Agency and a freelance script reader for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and the Bush Theatre.

Miranda Johnson

Miranda is an experienced fundraiser and Director of Development at Britten Pears Arts. Engaged in all aspects of the organisation’s work, Miranda’s team raises over £2m per annum to make the organisation’s artistic programmes possible. Prior to her current role, Miranda established the Community and Corporate Fundraising functions for Alzheimer’s Research UK, and has driven new business for HCA International, growing income through developing the team responsible for relationships with key clients. She is also a passionate former musician.

Lekan Lewal

Lekan is an award-winning director and theatre maker. He is Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Eclipse Theatre Company and an Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom. Prior to Eclipse, Lekan has worked as Resident Director on Hamilton, Associate Creative Director at HOME Manchester, Co-Artistic Director (Up Next) at Battersea Arts Centre, and at Derby Theatre as part of the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme.

Beth Shouler

Beth is a theatre director, dramaturg and producer who specialises in developing and directing new work and creating artist development opportunities. Most recently at Curve, Leicester, she has developed new work with many theatres across the UK and created bespoke Artist Development Programmes for several regional theatres. Beth is passionate about developing regional voices and finding stories that explore a variety of perspectives and experiences.

Excellerate Fellowships

The Excellerate Fellowships are supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation and Arts Council England

Magnus Copps

Magnus is an archaeologist and public programmer, most recently working as Head of Partnerships for Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA).  Magnus works to widen participation in archaeology through developing the sector’s capacity to consider audiences and their needs, and through collaborations across the arts. Magnus led on a number of national public engagement programmes for MOLA, and previously worked in contemporary ceramics and at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. 

Rachel Noël

Rachel is a curator building communities with and for young people, emerging artists and cultural producers through art, ideas and public programming. She leads a range of creative learning experiences, events and opportunities for young people at Tate Britain and Tate Modern as Convenor: Young People’s Programmes, and co-leads Tate Collective, Tate’s youth arts membership scheme. Her practice is guided by equity, liberation and social justice.

Anthony Olanipekuno

Anthony is CEO of School Ground Sounds, providing music education for young people and supporting them to discover their identities, grow their career and learn more about the music industry. Anthony is a radio producer/presenter who champions Soul/RnB musicians. He curates live music showcases and community events to display talent and share music.

Heritage Fellowships

The Heritage Fellowships are supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund

Robert Lewis

Rob is Collections Care Manager for Birmingham Museum Trust. Rob has over 20 years in the sector. Previous roles focused on major projects, including developments in Glasgow and the State of Qatar. His original passion for objects stems from their ability to support connectiveness.

David Sheppeard

David is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Marlborough Productions a pioneering producer of queer cultural projects and queers arts archive. David has a wealth of experience as an Independent Producer realising the visions of a diverse portfolio of artists for ten years. He is also Co-Artistic Director of The Spire, a development hub for the independent cultural sector in Brighton.

Jerome Hynes Fellowship

The Jerome Hynes Fellowship is supported by Arts Council Ireland

Julie Kelleher

Julie is Artistic Director at Mermaid Arts Centre (Bray) where she curates a multidisciplinary programme. She started working life as a performer and her artistic practice now spans directing and producing for theatre. She currently chairs the boards of Theatre Forum Ireland and Graffiti Theatre. She was Artistic Director of The Everyman (Cork) from 2014 to 2020.

National Trust Fellowship

The National Trust Fellowship is supported by the National Trust

Jo Bradshaw

Jo is Senior National Consultant, Partnerships and Programmes for the National Trust. Jo trained as an artist, before realising what really inspired her was helping people delight in exploring our shared culture and history. Her work in cultural institutions across London led to a passion for inclusive practice and entrepreneurial partnerships (with specialism in community and access audiences).

Theatre Fellowships

The Theatre Fellowships are supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Topher Campbell

Topher is an Afro-Queer artist. His work spans 20+ years in broadcasting, film, theatre and the Black LGBTQ Community. He was awarded the Jerwood Directors Prize in 2005 and established the rukus! Archive, Europe’s largest Black LGBTQ archive. Topher’s films have been screened worldwide, including FETISH a collaboration with Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers. His work centres masculinity, sexuality and climate change.

Amy Letman

Amy is Creative Director of Transform, a biennial international theatre festival in Leeds, which she describes as an engine room for powerful performance. She has commissioned award-winning performances that have toured Europe, North America and Australia. She is founder of ‘Festivals of the Future’ an EU network supporting founder, female-led festivals. Amy previously worked with Battersea Arts Centre and Leeds Playhouse.

Transform Fellowships

The Transform Fellowships are supported by Arts Council England

Elizabeth Chan

Elizabeth is an actor, writer and founder of the BESEA Women’s Project, an ACE funded programme supporting British East and South East Asian women in theatre. She has worked on stage and screen for the National Theatre, Almeida, Donmar Warehouse, Traverse, BBC, Netflix and Channel 4, and was awarded a London Writers Award in 2021 for narrative non-fiction.

Nyasha Daley

Nyasha is a multi-disciplinary artist and producer, whose creative practices include poetry/spoken word, singing, song-writing, acting and visual digital arts. She is intensely passionate and highly curious about people and prose. Much of her work involves the exploration of (her own) identity. Nyasha is a communications specialist, public speaker, Charity Trustee and Equity, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion consultant.

Ithalia Forel

Ithalia is co-founder of Movema, a World Dance Charity based in Liverpool and Bristol. A Liverpudlian with Afro- Caribbean and Irish roots, she is passionate about how individuals can reach their potential regardless of their journey, understanding from first-hand experience how trauma, racism and neurodiversity can challenge one’s desire to bloom into their unique self.

Catherine Mugonyi

Catherine is Director and founder of Aunty Social, a voluntary arts organisation providing accessible, participatory arts activities on Lancashire’s Fylde Coast with a particular focus on socially engaged work. A long-time resident of Blackpool, Catherine specialises in organising and coproducing projects that strengthen engagement between marginalised communities, local history and the arts.

Malaki Patterson

Malaki is Creative Director of Music Works charity, nurturing talent in the county of Gloucestershire and helping disadvantaged and underrepresented young people access the music industry. A musician, music producer, manager and mentor born and raised in Gloucester, he set up his own record label and artist management company in his childhood bedroom.

Samantha Stimpson

Samantha is the founder and chief executive of SLS 360, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) consultants who specialise in working within the Arts & Music sector. Previous roles include Assistant Head of Service at Ealing Music Service, Associate Tutor at Edgehill University and Music Advisor. Samantha is a Trustee at Music for Youth.

Visual Arts Fellowship

The Visual Arts Fellowship is supported by a-n The Artists Information Company

Garth Gratrix

Garth is a visual artist whose work focuses on working with the inherent queerness within people, spaces and place. They are the founding Director of Abingdon Studios and an independent curator of solo and large-scale exhibitions- UK and beyond.

Self- funded/employer supported Fellowships

Jessica Edwards

Jessica is a cultural strategist with a deep curiosity in the change-making properties of culture and storytelling. With senior expertise bridging the worlds of film, television and non-profits, until recently, she was the Director of Impact & Partnerships at Doc Society, an international non-profit committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. There she helped establish the Climate Story Fund, supporting climate stories from around the world to maximise their potential. Fellowship supported by Doc Society, NESTA and the Synchronicity Foundation.

Kim Wide

Kim is founder of Take A Part, a leading cultural organisation dedicated to socially engaged practice and models of cocreation. Kim is passionate about the power that arts and creativity has to rebalance social injustices and support a more democratic society. Hailing from Canada and with a background in the heritage sector, Kim has worked in the UK since 2003.

Hong Kong Fellowship

The Hong Kong Fellowship is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Nick Chan

Nick is currently Head, Marketing and Branding (Performing Arts) at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Previously he was Director of Marketing at Hong Kong Ballet. Nick holds a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Management from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and was a fellow of the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme at The University of Hong Kong.

Chevening Fellowships

The Chevening Fellowships are supported by Chevening at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Deepti Navaratna

Deepti Navaratna is an accomplished Carnatic musician and is the Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Adjunct Faculty, National Institute for Advanced Studies. As an accomplished South Indian classical musician, Dr. Deepti has presented her work at many platforms nationally internationally.

Anurupa Roy

Anurupa is recognized as a major creative force in Indian Puppet Theatre. She trained professionally at the Dramatiska Institute, University of Stockholm and holds a diploma in the Guaratelle, tradition of glove puppetry, from the Scoula Della Guaratelle in Naples, Italy. Anurupa works as a consultant in arts for public health, peace-building and education projects for communities, schools, juvenile homes, in conflict zones like Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Manipur.

Raghda Allouche

Raghda is Programme Officer at the Norwegian Embassy in Beirut, she works on improving public access to arts and culture. She is also the former MENA Coordinator of the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network.

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