Ready to take your cultural leadership skills to the next level?
Look no further than Emerging Leaders! Our intensive course equips early-career cultural leaders with the essential skills and tools needed to succeed. Learn from experts in the cultural and corporate sectors through hands-on, experiential learning and real-life case studies. With Emerging Leaders, you’ll develop professionally and personally, and make an impact in the cultural sector.
Emerging Leaders Includes:
A week-long residential programme, providing a comprehensive learning experience to develop your leadership skills. Attendance at the residential week is compulsory.
Course Content – The curriculum covers three main areas:
- Your Leadership Style: Through workshops on self-leadership, inclusive leadership, and leading others, you’ll explore various leadership styles and the value of diversity.
- The Business of Leadership: Gain essential business skills with sessions on financial management and strategic planning, crucial for cultural leaders in today’s world.
- Leading Others: Enhance your ability to influence others, navigate challenging conversations, advocate effectively, and collaborate in leading and managing change.
- Post-Course Mentoring – After completing the residential program, you’ll have the opportunity to join a mentoring program for ongoing support and guidance.
Why choose Emerging Leaders?
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.
Our Approach to Leadership Development:
We recognise that individuals learn differently, and our course design reflects this by blending practical skills, real-life examples, and group learning. Engage with experienced cultural leaders sharing their insights and learn from your peers throughout the program.
Key aspects of our approach include:
- Emphasising excellence, inclusivity, and lifelong learning
- Creating a safe, open, and inclusive learning environment
- Encouraging learning from peers and experienced leaders across various sectors
- Promoting self-leadership through facilitated learning reviews and regular reflection
- Supporting you in identifying your strengths, values, and areas for growth
I was selected for Emerging Leaders a few years back and it was life-changing. Helped me take ownership, learn leadership techniques that work, enhanced my professional network and gave me some fab friends and alliesDhruti Shah
We are looking for a diverse range of participants who will bring a breadth of experience to the course and animate the group learning. To help us create the best possible mix of people we will be looking for applicants who can demonstrate:
- 2-5 years’ experience in the cultural sector with some experience of initiating and/or managing projects and people
- An ambition to lead, a sense of purpose and vision
- A desire to better understand leadership
- Self-awareness, reflective skills and an openness to learning
- A commitment to and passion for the cultural sector
- Curiosity and desire to learn about the wider context of culture
Our courses are supported by Arts Council England and to be eligible for a subsidised place applicants must be:
- Working in England (normally in the arts, museums and/or libraries sector)
- Committed to developing their career as a cultural leader in England
Applicants outside the UK
We do welcome applications to our courses from applicants based or working outside of the UK, but our unsubsidised course fee would apply and you should check your eligibility for any bursary you are applying for. Our course content is delivered in English and overseas course participants would be responsible for making their own travel arrangements and securing the visas neccessary to attend the course.
Costs & Funding
Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Clore Duffield Foundation, and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, we can offer subsidised course fees to eligible applicants. The subsidised fee bands for 2023 are:
Band A (1-50 employees): £600 + VAT
Band B (50+ employees): £800 + VAT
The unsubsidised cost of an Emerging Leaders course place is £2,300 + VAT. Limited unsubsidised places are available, with priority given to those eligible for subsidised fees. We also offer bursaries detailed in the Bursaries section.
Included in your course fee:
- Private room accommodation at the course venue
- All meals and refreshments (three meals a day, tea & coffee, and refreshment breaks)
- Travel to and from the venue
- Alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks with or after dinner
Funding & Bursaries
For each round of our courses applications we do include provision of bursary support for course fees. The bursaries we are able to offer vary for each round and details of funding available to support applicants together with eligibility criteria, will be announced when our next applications round goes live.
Access support for your application
If you require access support to apply or would prefer to apply using a Word document or a different format, please email [email protected] or you can call us on 0207 420 9430. If we can’t answer leave us a message and we will get back to you.
- Word version application questions (upon request)
- White on black contrast version application questions (upon request)
- BSL version application materials
Supporting your access on the residential course
We will discuss any support you might need with you before the residential to make sure we can make adjustments or put the additional support you need in place. We have worked with many D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent leaders previously. The support you need is individual to you, but the kinds of things we have put in place before includes, but isn’t limited to:
- Providing a notetaker throughout the residential
- Support for a Personal Assistant to attend with you
- Captioning of residential sessions
- Supporting the costs of BSL interpreters
- Providing written materials in different formats
- Provision of data bundle to support attendance online coaching sessions
Support for those with caring responsibilities
To help support those with caring responsibilities we provide a Carer’s Support Bursary which can support costs of up to £375 for each residential week towards childcare or other caring related costs.
Our residential venues have undergone an access audit which we are able to provide should you wish. Our training spaces are level access, with accessible toilets located nearby. Accessible accommodation is available and we will ask you about your specific accommodation needs prior to the course.
Dates & Venues
Our 2024 course dates and application timeline will be announced later in the Autumn 2023.
The venue for our next round of courses will be announced when we go live for applications.