£7.1m boost for diversity arts leadership

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Arts Council England has invested more than £7m in a new leadership development scheme.

Eighteen projects in museums, libraries and arts organisations across England are sharing £7,140,989 from the National Lottery funded Transforming Leadership Fund to boost leaders at all stages of their careers,  including freelancers.

The fund has been launched to tackle specific issues around diversity across leadership, opportunities for emerging and early career leaders, and the development of executive skills at senior levels, with a number specifically addressing the underrepresentation of leaders from certain groups. 

Many programmes will deliver activity across the country, with 70% of all participants based outside the capital; others focus on developing leadership in specific places, recognising that appropriately skilled arts and cultural leaders can be instrumental in affecting economic and social change where they live and work.  

Main image: Graeae Theatre is leading a development programme for deaf and disabled leaders

“Our evidence tells us we have a generation of cultural leaders with great ambition, but also great pressures bearing down on them” said Mags Patten, ACE’s executive lead for workforce development.  “This fund is an investment in those leaders – offering them development opportunities that will give them time and space to think.

“By supporting a diverse range of emerging and established leaders we think we are more likely to achieve the vision laid out in our proposed ten-year strategy, of a country where everyone’s creativity is valued and high-quality cultural experiences are available to each of us."

Successful applications to the fund include: 

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