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Women to Watch: One Year On Interviews

The Cultural Leadership Programme’s 50 ‘Women to Watch,’ list was announced last March and celebrated female leaders who were making a huge contribution to the rich cultural life of the UK, and had the potential to rise to the very top.  

One year on and the achievements of the women were celebrated at an evening reception at the Royal Festival Hall on 9 March 2011, where they reflected on the impact of their involvement with the programme and celebrated with the likes of guest speakers; Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 Presenter and Chair of the Women to Watch Judging panel, David Kershaw, Chief Executive of M&C Saatchi & Chair of CLP and Jude Kelly, Director of the Southbank Centre.

Leadership Works

The Cultural Leadership Programme celebrates its enduring legacy through newly launched interactive hub – Leadership Works

As the Cultural Leadership Programme prepares to close at the end of this month, after five successful years raising the profile of leadership development across the cultural and creative sectors, the team has developed an online hub to highlight the wide variety of leadership and provide inspiration and information.


Important Announcement about CLP

In the five years since the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP) was established it has succeeded in raising the profile of leadership development across the arts and wider cultural and creative sector to create an important and enduring legacy of leadership capability that goes far beyond its original objectives. Now, in consideration of today’s rapidly changing environment, where the Arts Council is operating with an overall cut to grant in aid of 29.6% and arts organisations are looking to extend their roles and responsibilities within the wider cultural landscape, it has been decided that the Cultural Leadership Programme will close in March 2011. Read more...

Thursday 16th March 2011 - 10.30 -17.30

Since the launch of the Meeting the Challenge Development Programme, CLP has supported 124 organisations through dynamic partnerships across the cultural and creative industries.  Join us for a day of sharing, dialogue, learning and inspiration, exploring key themes identified as the most important for leadership learning partnerships to continue to thrive.

Visiting Arts, with support from the Cultural Leadership Programme, is pleased to announce a further round of International Exchange Placements.  The opportunity will provide three UK organisations with a three-month international exchange, followed by a three-month hosting period, with a focus on intercultural understanding, international leadership competencies and the art of intercultural hosting.

Sync have just produced a notebook – perfect for your personal development notes as you continue your leadership journey. Scattered throughout, there are some thought provoking pushes, prompts and provocations to keep you thinking about the interface between leadership and disability as you go, drawn from the many voices and opinions that make up Sync. 

As always there is a catch....

The findings of the Davey Report on Endowments in the arts, commissioned by the Secretary of State for Culture as part of the Government's Philanthropy strategy, were outlined on Wednesday 8 December. Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, welcomed the opportunity to look at the benefits and challenges of building endowments to create a more secure foundation for the performing arts in England.

David Kershaw, Chair of CLP says “The cultural and creative industries are already astute to the requirement to embrace the mixed economy model, improving the balance government subsidy, box office/ticket sales, and resources from private sector and individual giving. In the present climate, this is both an urgent issue and essential one."

Women to Watch Get 'Amplified'

CLP are delighted to be working with Amplified Networks to share the content of  the our Women to Watch events.  Two events have now taken place and the final event will be happening on 9 March 2011. The events are part of a development programme of individual support, invited speakers, networking and coaching for the 50 Women to Watch and nominees that has been running since March 2010.
For more information about Women to Watch click here.


Leadership Experiments...

CLP’s Meeting The Challenge programme has supported 26 partnerships from across the country to embark on tailored leadership development projects.  Leadership Lab is one of them - a dynamic partnership between four North West based organisations – GMMAZ (Greater Manchester Music Action Zone), Music Leader North West, PANDA (Performing Arts and Network Development Agency) and Substance. From October 2009 through to October 2010, Leadership Lab has been delivering an ambitious programme of leadership-themed events that embrace risk and creativity.

CLP is delighted to be supporting one-third of this year’s cohort of 18 UK Clore Fellows.  This key investment underscores our mission to nurture world-class, dynamic and diverse leaders for the future.  Artist/Practitioner Leadership Development is one of the key priorities for the CLP and this has been reflected in the creation on an Artists Fellowship, supporting the development of leadership creative practice.

Have you seen cultural leadership courses and thought to yourself, ‘But I don’t want to run an arts organisation, I want to lead through my practice’? If so, The Independents & Wayfarer, delivered by BAC, People Create, and supported by the Cultural Leadership Programme, could be for you.

CLP are pleased to announce that DaDa, led by Ruth Gould, will be working with us to deliver a comprehensive programme of leadership development days, peer mentoring & online networking for Deaf leaders in the Creative Cultural Sector.

Powerbrokers International Leadership Placements launched in January 2008. They are an eclectic range of three month international placements across the cultural and creative industries, established in partnership with dynamic, culturally diverse international organisations. In 2010, four placements were established in partnership with organisations in India and Senegal. Find out more about the associates...

CLP’s Alumni Festival took place on the 6-9 July @ the Wellcome Collection

CLP re:freshers featured a ‘pick and mix’ of drop-in seminars, guest speakers, practical insights, facilitated discussions, well-being sessions, networking & social opportunities, performances and an all-day café for meetings and informal get-togethers.

If you were unable attend some or all of re:freshers, you can access the highlights or revisit missed content through live blogs, tweets, interviews and photos.  You can also continue discussions on issues raised and stay in touch with people you did - or perhaps didn't - meet at the event.

The only UK social network dedicated to creative & cultural leaders

Not just another social network - our community is also an online resource hub where you can keep all your information in one place, including shared documents, discussions; multi-media, links and bookmarks – an excellent hub for your projects or shared interest groups.

The CLP Network brings together a wide range of leaders from emerging to CEO- level, across regions and sectors, to communicate online.  Find the people & knowledge you need to support your career or organisational goals.

The Cultural Leadership Programme, in partnership with Creative Choices°, has published ‘A cultural leadership reader’, bringing together key articles and book reviews that focus on the importance of leadership for mid-career and senior professionals in the creative and cultural industries. Leaders gathered at the launch of the publication which took place at the Wellcome Collection on Friday 9 July as part of the CLP’s Alumni festival (CLP re:freshers).

Gained from two years of research into CLP supported networks, we are pleased to release the finalised CLP Leadership Networks Report.  This report looks at the learning and legacy of networks including fourteen case studies from our Work-Based Learning programme and the common features of successful networks.

The report will also be posted online on our new social media network in the News and resources group, please follow this link to the CLP Network

The Programme Directors of Leadership Advance, Professor Lola Young and Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith, are delighted to announce the names of the 19 individuals selected to go on the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP) as CLP Associates. The expertise, experience and talent embodied within this group are truly outstanding.   

Find out more about the CLP Leadership Advance Associates

CLP get amplified

CLP are delighted to have commissioned Amplified Networks to enable leaders to share their experiences, mentor and support each other, stay in touch, and keep up-to-date with news and issues affecting leaders in the cultural and creative industries.

Amplified are working with the CLP to strengthen and develop their online networks and to help bring social media to cultural leaders. Our online social network is also an online resource hub where you can keep all your information in one place, including shared documents, discussions; multi-media, links and bookmarks. 

This spring, the Cultural Leadership Programme held a series of three debates addressing how the creative and cultural sector can continue to innovate and flourish in challenging times.

This thought-leading series not only addressed the challenges for leaders of Britain’s culture and creative industries, but demonstrated why the sector deserves to be at the heart of national debate about the political, environmental and economic issues of our time.

Sync has now selected for the Sync Intensives programme. Due to an exceptional level of applications, the programme has been expanded from 12 to 15, including the individuals taking up the CLP/ACE Leading in London placement with Whitechapel Gallery and the London 2012 Unlimited placement...

Women to Watch List Announced

Featuring 50 female leaders, directors, producers and curators from across the UK, the CLP 2010 'Women to Watch' list celebrates women who are already making a huge contribution to the rich cultural life of the UK, and have the potential to rise to the very top. Find out who the 50 are...

Luminaries of the media, creative and cultural industries to select Cultural Leadership Programme's list of 'Women to Watch' 2010.

Seven eminent judges have been announced for the Cultural Leadership Programme’s prestigious ‘Women to Watch’ list, which will celebrate the achievements of some of the most ambitious and talented women in the cultural and creative industries...... 

CLP involvement in global debates on cultural leadership

Maureen Salmon, Freshwaters Consultancy/PILP Programme Partner and the 2009 PILP Associates: Asif Khan, Carole Morrison, Dawinder Bansal and Delia Barker  participate in two key global debates on cultural leadership.

'Leadership and Diversity Encounter' 
November 24th, 10.00am-12.30pm (local time), Centro Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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'Caribbean Curatorship and National Identity'
November 28th to 3rd December 2009, Bridgetown, Barbados; December 1st - Symposium 4 Cultural Leadership: Global Focus
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The Cultural Leadership Programme launches search for the sector’s top 50 future female leaders.

We are inviting established leaders (Director level figures and senior independent consultants) from across the UK to nominate women who have already made a noticeable impact within the sector, and have the potential to rise to the top, for inclusion on the Cultural Leadership Programme’s inaugural ‘Women to Watch’ list for 2010......

“Importantly, the CLP has done more than just be a conversation it has actually provided direct training, learning and leadership management opportunities to the sector.”

"The cultural and creative industries are integral to the competitiveness of the UK economy, which is why the work of the CLP to invest in stronger, more diverse leadership in those sectors is vital and its fantastic work to date deserves to be commended." Ben Bradshaw MP

Over 200 leaders from the voluntary and cultural sectors gathered at the launch of the Cultural Leadership Programme's latest publication which addresses the very pertinent issue of governance – a key challenge of our time.

1. Bringing Leadership to Life
2. Leadership Development as a Collective Endeavour
3. Building Partnerships...

Speaking at the launch of Collective, the Crafts Council’s ambitious programme of support for Crafts Makers, Hilary Carty, Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP) highlighted the importance of leadership, professional development and partnership in the creative industries...

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