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The Leadership Now Assembly

23rd February 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Applications open for cultural leadership assemblies launching in January 2024 in London, Leeds, Birmingham and online

As Clore Leadership approaches its 21st anniversary, it has today announced Leadership Now, a series of assemblies for cultural leaders, run in partnership with Arts Council England, to explore the complex and rapidly evolving world of work.

The impact of Covid 19, financial constraints, eroded trust, new technology and changing workforce dynamics has prompted Clore Leadership – a dynamic and inclusive resource for leaders and aspiring leaders in the arts, culture and creative sectors – to pioneer the initiative.

Launching in January, the Leadership Now assemblies aspire to empower leaders to instigate collaborative solutions, and foster a more connected, resilient, and thriving cultural leadership.

The assemblies will be curated by leaders, for leaders, to share, explore, navigate and co-create practical solutions for contemporary problems at a time when their resilience is being heavily tested. They will ask: How is the world of work changing? What are the needs of the cultural sector? What does this demand from cultural leaders?

The inaugural assembly will kick off on Friday 26 January at Battersea Arts Centre, London, where Tarek Iskander, Artistic Director & CEO led the dialogue on sector challenges earlier this year: “The unique set of difficulties we are all currently grappling with are like nothing we’ve dealt with previously. To help navigate these waters we need a different kind of leadership… one that embraces the power of collective knowledge and skills, and that is more dynamic, more generous and more mutually supportive than what we had before.”

Further assemblies will be held at Leeds PlayhouseBirmingham’s ThinkTank Science Museum and online across February and March 2024.

Sector leaders and provocateurs from within and outside the cultural sector will facilitate and drive conversations and insights at these events. Confirmed speakers include Shireen Shaikh(Senior counsel – Knowledge, Taylor Wessing), Andrew Miller MBE (UK Arts Access Champion & Broadcaster) and Peter Heneghan (Founder, The Future Communicator &  Former Digital Comms UK Government & 10 Downing Street) with further speakers to be announced.

By offering online and in person events across different regions, Clore Leadership hopes to encourage as diverse range of leaders as possible, with priority given to leaders of publicly funded organisations such as National Portfolio Organisations (NPOS) and those in receipt of other grant funding.

The Leadership Now Assemblies form the first part of a wider study of the World of Work, running across 2024.  This will include:

  • Imagine it Different will gather the sector together with key stakeholders, to build on the Leadership Now assemblies and research, exploring current systems, approaches and opportunities to envision enhanced or alternative paths for arts, culture and heritage working practices.

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