Clore Leadership Programme
Clore Leadership Programme



Short Courses


"The supportive learning environment on the course meant it felt safe to take risks, be honest and try new things."

Applications for the next two residential Clore Short Courses in autumn 2018 are closed. 

Dates of Courses:

  • 8 October - 19 October, Craxton Wood, Cheshire
  • 26 November - 7 December, Slaley Hall, Northumberland

What is the Short Course?

“Possibly the two most important weeks in my professional career." Short Course Participant

The Clore Short Course is a two-week leadership residential programme providing training in the essential knowledge and skills required by cultural leaders today.  You’ll learn from the shared experiences of guest speakers and your peers and sessions will incorporate real-life examples alongside leadership learning theory and practical exercises.

Approach to Leadership Development

Leaders are change-makers.  They look forwards and are not content with maintaining the status quo.  Our approach at The Clore Leadership Programme is to develop the individual and in doing so cultivate resilient leaders who show awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, their peers, and the sector and its place in society.  There is no single one size fits all template for leading and leadership and we recognise that there are many different successful styles of leadership, developed in a diversity of ways.

  • The Short Course is a learnt not a taught programme and much of the fortnight is grounded in experiential learning.
  • You will learn from a diverse peer group and from the highly experienced leaders and trainers from across and outside of the cultural sector
  • Life-long learning is key to self-leadership.  You will be encouraged to cultivate a practice of regular debate and reflection, enquiry and action.
  • You will be supported to identify your strengths, your values and areas for development, building upon your own way of leading currently and developing your individual leadership style
  • We will ensure that the learning environment and your wellbeing is considered throughout your Short Course. We will create a safe, open and inclusive working space through the experience of our diverse cohort of facilitators, mentors and coaches and through our choice of course venues.

Is a Clore Short Course right for me?

The Clore Short Course is for ambitious and creative individuals who aspire to lead and make a difference.  You must have at least five years paid work experience in the arts, museums and/or libraries sector and be currently working in an organisation, as a freelancer or both. The Short Course Programme is supported by Arts Council England, through a three-year grant to develop sector leaders. To be eligible for a subsidised place applicants must be working in England (normally in the arts, museums and/or libraries sector) and be committed to developing their career as a cultural leader in England. 

Some unsubsidised places are available on each course for those who do not meet the Arts Council England criteria e.g. archivists or those who don’t live and work in England. Please email  for further information

We aim to increase the diversity of leadership in arts and culture and would particularly welcome applications from BAME or disabled leaders who are currently under-represented across the sector. 

Who is the Short Course for?

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:

  • An ambition to lead, a sense of purpose and vision
  • An understanding of Leadership
  • Self-awareness, authenticity and openness to learning
  • A commitment to, passion for and understanding of the cultural sector
  • An understanding of the broader sector and wider context of culture

Highly qualified candidates from other sectors may be considered providing they demonstrate a deep commitment to culture and to playing a leading role within it. 

What Difference Will it Make?

By attending the course you will:

  • Acquire the tools and skills necessary to achieve your ambition as a leader
  • Better understand your strengths and how to build on them
  • Gain confidence in your existing skills and acquire new ones
  • Build strong networks and relationships across the cultural sector

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