2014 was a memorable year for the Clore Leadership Programme as we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Fellowship programme, which has now developed over 280 exceptional cultural leaders. Many of this number are now heading up organisations, have set up businesses and charities, are acting as trustees, mentors and coaches and are influencing the sector through their teaching and practice. Our 13/14 cohort included our first ever Fellow from South America, adding Brazil to the growing list of countries in which we are helping to strengthen cultural leadership. We continued to draw on a wide range of support to deliver our Fellowship programme, working with 28 different funders and a large number of mentors, speakers and facilitators. Our Short Courses also celebrated a major milestone, having now engaged with over 1000 participants across over 40 courses, delivered in locations across England. We said goodbye to Sir John Tusa and welcomed Sandy Nairne as our new Chair.
We were delighted to see, as part of the anniversary celebrations, several Clore Fellows awarded major project funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation’s Prize Fund. Winners included Tom Andrews, Stef Lewandowski, Ben Payne, Rachel Grunwald, Michael Trainor and Emma Stenning, and full details of all of their inspiring projects can be found here. A special mention has to go to the winners of the top prize, Clore Fellows Claire Hodgson and Jamie Beddard, who were awarded £100,000 in support of Extraordinary Bodies, the UK’s first integrated circus company, which in 2015 will tour the country and establish a youth performance company for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with mixed physical ability around the UK. Congratulations to them all.
Last year we also introduced Leadership Development Days into our activities, as an opportunity to encourage greater dialogue and stronger cultural leadership between professionals working in the UK’s regions. Produced in partnership with regional arts organisations, the days saw Clore travel to Bournemouth, Liverpool and Nottingham, and connect with over 180 people. We commissioned new research into the place of leadership development for the arts and culture, publishing a report that analysed the leadership development needs of nearly 600 cultural professionals across England.
Looking ahead to 2015, we’ve moved beyond New Year’s resolutions into a number of confirmed exciting developments. Our 15/16 Fellowship cohort will include the first ever Fellows’ Fellowship, supported by the generous contributions of a large group of Clore Fellows - testament to the increasingly central role that Clore Fellows play in shaping our activities. We’re also looking forward to a new major partnership, which will see Fellowships, Short Course and Emerging Leaders places offered to a small group of exceptional leaders at the BBC, enabling those working in broadcasting to add their perspectives to and learn from a highly diverse group of peers. Finally, high-fives all round as we mark our fifth year of partnership with Hong Kong University, delivering the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme for East Asia’s cultural leaders; and our fifth Emerging Leaders course in March.
We wish you a creative and joyous 2015 and thank you for your support and inspiration.