We are now inviting Applications for the 2021 Fellowship and our next Emerging Leaders and Leadership Pulse Courses


'There are no shortage of leadership or effective management courses available to those working in the arts, but none I’ve seen that are so sensitive, lean and investing as those run by Clore Leadership.' 
Employer of Clore Leader

What is the Fellowship?

The Clore Fellowship is a tailored programme of leadership development which aims to enrich and transform cultural practice and engagement by developing leadership potential, acumen and skills. This year we will award places to around 20 exceptional leaders from a range of specialisms across the cultural sector including the visual and performing arts, museums, libraries, archives and heritage, broadcasting and digital media, cultural policy and practice.

The Fellowship will take place between March and September 2021 and includes a number of core activities and a loose framework to support your development as a cultural leader. The Fellowship is self-guided, so you’ll need to be highly motivated and deeply curious. It is primarily experiential, underpinned by contemporary leadership theories. You’ll learn from the experiences of guest speakers and your peers, and gain insights about yourself from practical workshops and through your secondment, mentoring and coaching.

'The programme is truly an eye opening experience that changed the trajectory of my leadership journey in many aspects and is going to have a positive, strong and lasting impact for many years to come in my professional life.' 

Alex Tam | Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (Clore Fellow 15/16)

What is an Emerging Leaders Course?

Emerging Leaders is an intensive course providing the essential skills and tools required by cultural leaders in the early stages of their careers. Grounded in experiential learning and rich with real-life examples shared by experts from across the cultural and corporate sectors, Emerging Leaders provides professional and personal development for individuals who want to lead and make an impact within the cultural sector. 

Emerging Leaders has been designed for individuals at an early stage in their career who aspire to lead. Typically Emerging Leaders course participants will have between 2-5 years’ experience in the cultural sector and will have had some experience of managing projects or people; are perhaps looking to take on an enhanced role and need to acquire new skills to be successful; and have undertaken some sector relevant skills development training.

‘The Clore Emerging Leaders course was simply an amazing experience and professionally one of the best things I have done… When I took part, I was unsure of the direction I should be going professionally but it helped give me clarity and I am absolutely confident in saying that I would not be in the position I am in now if I had not taken part in Clore. I cannot recommend it enough.’ 
Emerging Leaders Participant.


What is a Leadership Pulse Course?

Leadership Pulse is a dynamic modular course for those seeking to sharpen their skills and knowledge in order to face head-on the challenges of 21st Century leadership. The course content is grounded in experiential learning and rich with real-life examples shared by experts from across the cultural and corporate sectors. Leadership Pulse provides essential professional and personal development for cultural leaders today.

Leadership Pulse offers time and space to process individual learning, with several weeks scheduled between each residential.  Each module is packed with tools, tips and new skills to take away and road test back in the workplace while they are still fresh in the mind.

'Gives you three bites of the cherry in order to keep the motivation up and commit to change. Build relationships over longer period. Share learning in between modules with fellow participants…. Gives you more time to apply learning in stages.'
Leadership Pulse Participant.


Dates and Information


Interviews: Thursday 3 - Friday 11 December 2020
Mandatory Residentials: Wednesday 3 - Wednesday 10 March 2021 / Monday 6 - Friday 10 September 2021

Emerging Leaders

Module 1: Monday 22 - Wednesday 24 February 2021
Module 2: Monday 29 - Wednesday 31 March 2021

Leadership Pulse

Module 1: Tuesday 23 - Friday 26 March 2021
Module 2: Tuesday 27 - Friday 30 April 2021
Module 3: Tuesday 25 - Friday 28 May 2021


All places for the Fellowship Programme will be fully funded for 2021.  In a first for our intensive courses, circa 75% of places will be supported by bursaries. 

All information on Fellowship funding and Course bursaries can be found in the Complete Guides. 

How Do I Apply?

You can apply via our online application portal. If you have not created an account on our website, you will need to do this before you begin the application process. If for any reason you need to apply in an alternative format, please get in touch.

The closing date for ALL applications is 12pm, Monday 26 October 2020.