Clore Leadership, the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority are delighted to be working together on a programme of place-based leadership interventions for the cultural sector in the Tees Valley.
Working collaboratively with key organisations, cultural practitioners and networks across the region since the summer of 2022, Clore Leadership is delivering programming that responds to leadership and workforce development needs in the Tees Valley cultural sector. We are supporting progression routes for arts and cultural leaders in each of the five local authorities, strengthening peer networks, driving cross-sector collaboration, diversifying the workforce and supporting cultural venues and freelancers.
The programme has two strands – connecting and learning. Through opportunities to connect and learn the programme aims to create space to explore what leadership means; and to develop some of the essential leadership skills we all need in our toolkits.
Connecting with peers is a vital part of developing networks, exchanging knowledge and experience and seeking support. A mentoring scheme; and opportunity for action learning offer chances to connect and share leadership experiences with peers.
Action Learning Sets
For D/deaf/disabled/neurodivergent or global majority cultural professionals. More details about this element of our Tees Valley programme and how to apply to join will be announced in autumn 2023.
Opportunity for six cultural leaders or change-makers in the Tees Valley region to be matched with a mentor, to help you build confidence, navigate a current professional challenge or to plan next steps within your chosen career path.
Applications to our 2023 round of mentoring have now closed.
The next Tees Valley Programme gathering will take place on the 6 March 2024, sign up will open from January 2024. These annual gatherings are a space to connect with peers in the Tees Valley region and to dive into themes and conversations around leadership.
The learning strand offers a chance to learn with and from leaders and peers, and to develop some of the skills that are fundamental to leadership within the cultural sector.
A series of informal facilitated conversations where leaders share their stories, experiences and reflections as cultural leaders and change-makers. Speakers are invited to share learning from both success and challenge, modelling reflective and dynamic leadership practice. These are relaxed and conversational sessions which include plenty of opportunity for Q&A and discussion with speakers.
Sign up to book your place – these quarterly events take place either online or in person. Upcoming Leadership Experiences:
- Vici Wreford-Sinnott 8 December 2023 [Online] – Sign up
Leadership Skills Days
Over two years we are offering an opportunity to join focused sessions to hone and craft your leadership skills. These stand-along training days are in person and take place in venues across the Tees Valley region.
Applications for the 2023 Leadership Skills days are now closed. Applications to our 2024 days will open in winter 2023.
- Finance for leaders, Tom Wilcox, 8 May 2024
- Strategic Planning, Anna Dinnen, 17 May 2024
- Governance, the Basics, Keith Arrowsmith, 11 July 2024
- The Wellbeing Choice, 17 October 2024
- Confident Communications, Sarah Cartwright, 12 November 2024
About the Leadership Skills Days
These stand-alone training days all explore a different skill or area of expertise to support you in building your own leadership toolkit.
The skills days all run from 10-4pm. Each day will be led by Clore Leadership contributors, the course content is grounded in experiential learning, so come along prepared to dive in.
Who are the days for?
Each day will have a diverse range of participants who will bring a breadth of experience and animate the group learning. To help us create the best possible mix of people we will be looking for applicants who can demonstrate:
- At least five years’ work experience
- An ambition to lead, a sense of purpose and vision
- A desire to better understand leadership
- Self-awareness, authenticity and openness to learning
- A commitment to and passion for the cultural sector
- A curiosity as to the wider context of culture
- All of the sessions are equally valuable if you are a freelancer, or work within an organisation. There are 24 places for each Leadership Skills day.
The fee for each Leadership Skills day is on a pay what you decide basis, with a minimum rate of £10 + VAT for individuals; £25 + VAT for organisations.
A sandwich lunch and tea/ coffee will be provided.
If you have any access requirements, please do let us know on the application form.
How to apply:
Applications to our 2024 Skills Days will open in winter 2023.
A specialist skills development strand focused on training and development in facilitation skills. Designed to build confidence and hone your skills in generating effective dialogue, ideas and decision making with groups of people. Applications to this strand for 2023 have now closed.
Leadership with Care
Two online events, each taking the theme of leadership with care as their focus:
- Embedding Care in your Leadership, Jo Verrent Unlimited, Jo Hunter 64 Million Artists, 18 January 2024 – sign up in winter 2023
- Governance with Care, Jo Verrent and Anna Starkey Unlimited, 1 November 2024 – sign up summer 2024