Clore Leadership Short Course 2018 in Hampshire: applications close 15 November


Price: Subsidised course costs between £950-£2000 (+VAT)


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Applications are now open for the next Short Course taking place from 4 – 15 June 2018 at Norton Park, Hampshire.

What is the Short Course?

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

“Clore balances practical and necessary learning with an emphasis on self-awareness and self-improvement, encourages you to seek out support and help from the right people, creates a network you can continue your learning through, and gives confidence in the knowledge that leadership takes many guises” – Employer of recent Short Course Participant

It’s a two-week residential course providing intensive training in the essential knowledge and skills required by cultural leaders today. For further information on content please visit the Structure of the Short Course page.

Who is it for?

We’re looking 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 to be eligible for a place subsidised by Arts Council England you must be working in England.  The course is suitable for people working in organisations as well as freelance artists and people working independently. Click here to read more on the attributes we look for in a potential leader.

Some unsubsidised places may be available to applicants who do not meet the above criteria but priority is given to those who meet Arts Council England’s criteria.

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 in leadership across the sector.

How will I learn?

“It enabled a truly special group dynamic of openness, trust, respect and support. This in itself taught me so much about how I relate to and connect with other people”  Short Course Participant

The course blends real-life examples with group work, practical skills and tools. Your active participation is encouraged and you will be expected to challenge and stretch yourself. Sharing with and learning from each other features strongly across the fortnight.

What difference will the course make?

“I was really surprised by what the Clore Short Course delivered: a strikingly clear drilling down into what it is to lead and communicate, an opportunity to interrogate my values, and an understanding of how I might help our company move forward in conversation with a changing world. I loved it. I miss it. I know it’s going to be endlessly useful moving forward.” Short Course Participant

By attending the course you will:

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

How much does it cost to attend?

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 (see below for fees), 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.

The full cost of the course is £4,500 + VAT. There may be a limited number of unsubsidised places on each course, although priority will be given to those who meet the criteria for a subsidised place.

The subsidised cost of the course is:

£950 + VAT for people who work as individuals or those in organisations of 1-15 employees

£1500 + VAT for those in organisations employing 16 – 199 employees

£2000 + VAT for those in organisations with 200+ employees

Please note that we offer a number of bursaries, and you can read more about these and other forms of support on the Bursaries page.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation in your own private room for the two weeks in one of our beautiful course venues
  • All meals and refreshments (three meals a day as well as regular tea & coffee breaks)
  • All course materials

What’s not included:

  • Travel to and from the venue
  • Alcoholic drinks and bar tab after dinner

Diversity & Equality:

At the Clore Leadership Programme we want to encourage applications from all corners of society. Diversity and equality are essential to a healthy cultural sector and unleashing the potential of talented leaders from any background. We support Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity and have partnered with the BBC to help them deliver their Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. We have an ambitious equality and diversity plan in place and monitor the diversity of applicants to our programmes. Whilst we have made some significant progress, there is still work to be done.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, as well as disabled people are currently heavily underrepresented in leadership roles in the cultural sector in the UK. We welcome and would like to encourage BAME and disabled candidates to apply for the Clore Short Courses.

A Scoping Survey we commissioned a few years ago indicated that cost is a key barrier to disabled people accessing leadership training, therefore we set up the Disabled Leaders Bursary which allows us to waive the course fee for Disabled leaders from England who successfully secure a place on our Short Courses. Successful participants will only be required to cover their travel to and from the course.


We aim to provide an inclusive working environment on our Short Courses. This is achieved by working with individual participants to make sure we can meet your access needs for e.g. by confirming wheelchair accessible venues, providing support workers or British Sign Language interpreters or preparing course materials in alternative formats. Our experienced facilitators aim to be as flexible as possible in order to make the course work for your particular needs.

This also applies to our online application process. If, for any reason, you need to apply in an alternative format, do get in touch to discuss your needs.

What do we mean by disability?

The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

How do I apply?

For further information and guidance please visit the Applying for a Clore Short Course page and our guide to Writing an Outstanding Courses Application.

To apply for the Short Course please click here.
Applications will close at noon on 15 November 2017. 


Norton Park, Hampshire