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 are currently closed.  To be notified of future courses please register your interest.

What is the Short Course?

“Possibly the two most important weeks in my professional career." Short Course Participant, February 2015

“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, February 2015

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?

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 

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.

Applications for 2017 and February 2018 have closed.   To be notified of future courses please register your interest.


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