Two women in chairs, one white woman in a blue top and one asian woman in a pink top. Promoting the course Creative and Cultural Leadership for Arts and Culture professionals from black, asian, caribbean heritage and those from ethnically diverse backgrounds

Who is this programme for?

You will be a creative and cultural professional who is from a Black, Asian, African or Caribbean heritage, or other ethnically diverse background, whose work involves creative and cultural participation and engagement. You will live in the West Midlands and you will be active as a leader in your field or aspiring to be so. You may be someone, who wants to:

  • Be more influential in your current work and make a bigger impact.
  • Build confidence in your own leadership potential.
  • Be an aspiring and inspiring leader in the sector.
  • Be part of a wider regional network.

What will this programme do for you?

  • Help develop personal leadership and organisational effectiveness
  • Help develop and deepen self-awareness and awareness of others to build productive relationships
  • Increase understanding of the broader context for arts and culture in the region and build networks to benefit the sector and children and young people

How we define leadership

In the creative and cultural sector, in common with other areas of work, people with all levels of experience lead in different ways, we define leaders as people who do some or all of the following:

  • Influence the direction of the work they and others provide for children and young people
  • Create ideas and motivate others to join in and commit to their project
  • Devise learning programmes for children and young people
  • Manage teams of workshop leaders and artists
  • Manage freelance staff
  • Develop relationships with partner organisations to achieve common aims
  • Develop and manage relationships with funding organisations and sponsors

The programme breakdown

The core leadership programme consists of 4 full day sessions

  • Understanding self and others, valuing diversity
  • Learning and leading – styles
  • Cultures and environments to thrive in
  • Vision and values (motivation and purpose)
  • Leadership and management
  • Increasing influence in your organisation or with your clients
  • Influence in meetings, Improving communication and self-presentation
  • Empowering self and others
  • Developing a coaching style / nurturing curiosity
  • Impact of the wider policy context (role of the market, Arts and Education policy and social policy in the region
  • Power of networks and networking skills
  • Negotiating skills – working across the system
  • Leadership in partnerships
  • Leadership in managing change
  • Supporting self and others through change
  • Learning and resilience
  • Understanding resistance
  • Having difficult, essential conversations

Dates 2022 and venue

  • 26th and 27th April
  • 14th June
  • 7th July

Taking place in Birmingham city centre. Times to be confirmed.

Cost and the application process

The programme is free, but you must be working in the West Midlands to qualify for this.

To apply you will need to complete our form which will ask you to tell us about:

  • Your interest in leadership development and your readiness now
  • How will you want to benefit from the programme
  • How will your organisation and/or people you work with benefit

You will also need a statement of support from your line manager or, if working as an individual sole trader or in a small partnership, your referee. Your line manager or referee is someone who can tell us why you are ready for leadership development and how they can support you.

Get in touch

Please contact Susan Goodwin, Associate Director Cultural Sector Partnerships if you are interested in applying or need further information or details.