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What is Emerging Leaders?

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. 

When I took part in Clore, 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.
Lizzie Stallybrass, Individual Giving Manager, Almeida Theatre
Emerging Leader
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.

If you have more than five years’ work experience and feel like you already have a solid foundation in leadership skills please see our Leadership Pulse Course. The  Leadership Pulse course develops enhanced skills for leadership with an in depth look at your personal and professional toolkit.


We are looking for a diverse range of participants who will bring a breadth of experiences to the course and animate the group learning. Across all our programmes, we are not looking for fully formed leaders, but instead individuals who can demonstrate:

  • 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

You are eligible to apply if you have between 2-5 years' experience in the cultural sector and have some experience of initiating and/or managing projects and people.

To be eligible for an Arts Council England subsidised place you should also be:

  • Working in England (normally in the arts, museums and/or libraries sector)
  • Committed to developing their career as a cultural leader in England.
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of Emerging Leaders said it's 'extremely likely' they would recommend the Course
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To note - Covid-19 planning

Clore Leadership will be monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely over the coming months and our planning takes into account a variety of scenarios.  In the event of further long term lockdowns or disruption, we would look to offer deferred face to face course dates or to take content online or to a ‘blended’ learning (online and face to face) delivery model as the situation necessitates.