What is the Clore Fellowship

The Clore 2018/19 Fellows at their September residential course

Clore Fellows come primarily from the UK and each year we offer a number of International Fellowships to exceptional individuals. Currently we work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Chevening Programme and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to provide fellowships to cultural leaders from prioritised countries including Brazil, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jordan, Mexico and South Africa.

Each year, we award places to around 25 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 takes place between September and the following July 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.

You’ll extend your knowledge and understanding of the wider cultural sector through dialogue, inquiry, study visits, conferences and meetings; and increase your skills and acumen through courses and individual training as part of your unique development plan.

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)
Clore Fellows Network

The impact of Clore Leadership has been wide-ranging and Fellows have found many different environments in which to be leaders.

Some have founded new charities, businesses or are working independently; others have returned to their jobs with renewed confidence, added dynamism, more extensive networks and advanced skills; and yet others have moved into new jobs. 

As a Clore Fellow, you become part of an extensive network of cultural leaders spread throughout the UK and beyond, from countries such as Canada, China, Egypt, India and the Middle East. The Clore Network of over 385 Fellows and 1600 Clore Leaders of our residential courses work across the cultural sector and are a constant source of inspiration, knowledge and expertise. We stay in touch with them regularly through a newsletter and an active Facebook group with occasional invitations to events and further masterclasses.  

One of the most powerful aspects of the Fellowship is the bond which participants develop with one another and which provides ongoing support throughout their career. Fellows continue to learn long after the Fellowship. Many organise development and training days, open events, and other opportunities for engagement with one another and the wider network. They reach out to the sector as speakers, contributors, mentors, or by developing independent leadership initiatives such as the Cultural Leadership Programme at Curve, Leicester; or Arts Think South Asia.

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