Inclusive Cultures

A six-month development programme for cultural leaders ready to take radical steps towards systemic change and inclusive culture making.

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Inclusive Cultures
About Inclusive Cultures

We’re living through unprecedented times. As leaders, we have a duty to ensure that our recovery is equitable, accessible and solution focused, involving D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent perspectives as paramount. 

Taking Inclusive Recovery Principles and the Six Traits of Inclusive Leadership as starting points, Inclusive Cultures will challenge and inspire leaders to take risks, sit with discomfort, and take action to make culture inclusive, responsive and accessible to all.


What is it?

A disabled led programme for cultural leaders wanting to challenge themselves to do better around inclusion and access in their organisations or practice. Inclusive Cultures is designed by Diverse City in association with Sarah Pickthall, and commissioned by Clore Leadership.

The aim is to create a safe space for leaders to  challenge themselves and take risks, build confidence, capacity and clarity, and make abstract inclusivity concepts real; to support participants to demonstrably lead - and succeed more coherently - in inclusive practice;  and to cascade this learning through their organisations and projects going forwards.

Over 6 months, the participants and coaches will work together, exploring challenges including:

  • What do we actually mean by inclusive cultures?
  • How can we ensure that a diversity of D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse perspectives are an intrinsic part of defining our future cultural landscape?
  • What does it take to succeed in inclusive practice?
  • How can we challenge ableism in a way that shifts the system for all?

The six month programme comprises:

  • 3 x ½ day seminars
  • 4 x group coaching sessions and peer networking
  • Flexible self study time - thinking, reading, writing, taking action
  • The final seminar will be shaped to showcase participants’ achievements.

Who is it for?

Individual leaders working within or alongside arts and culture organisations.  Those who are responsible for and/or have a burning interest in equity, diversity and inclusion, inclusive recovery, and challenging ableism as part of their work. *This programme is for UK based applicants only.*

There are 50 places available on this programme. In the event that we are oversubscribed, it is unlikely that we will offer places to multiple people from the same organisation.

British Sign Language translation of the Inclusive Cultures application and programme information.