The 16th Clore fellowship will lead creativity nationally and internationally

Twenty-five leaders from the arts and cultural sector, will make up the 16th Clore Fellowship this autumn, a driving force curating new creative experiences and opportunities from across the world.

The Clore Fellowship seeks to develop leaders, that this year, after a rigorous selection process, hail from England, Ireland, India, Brazil, Hong Kong, South Africa and beyond.

Fellows are empowered via professional development opportunities to experiment with and challenge existing ideas and structures; and explore creative and civic engagement to drive positive change - within cultural institutions and programmes, the wider cultural sector, and the creativity of society as a whole.

The group includes artists, managers, producers, directors and policy makers; creative and dynamic individuals who use storytelling and diverse cultural traditions as stimulus for their practice; manage award-winning organisations and projects; and use creative practice to generate new approaches to policy development.

Hilary Carty, Director, Clore Leadership:

"It is a great pleasure to be working with the 2019/20 Clore Fellows, a group that represents the breadth and depth of cultural organisations and practices in the UK and around the globe.  This 16th cohort of Clore Fellows demonstrates the passion and value our founders the Clore Duffield Foundation place on the leadership of culture.  Such a significant investment for the best part of two decades, alongside that of Arts Council England and the many strategic partners who make our work possible, continues to achieve brilliant outcomes and rewards for culture in society." 

The fellows work across 11 different cultural disciplines, from solo workers to those in 200+ people organisations; are based in six regions across the UK and eight countries around the world. 

The Programme’s alumni include: Axel Ruger, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts; Kully Thiarai, newly appointed Creative Director of Leeds 2023 (formerly Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales); Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the National Theatre of Scotland; and Gus Casely Hayford, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; amongst many.

The major funding partners for the Clore Leadership Programme in 2019/20, supporting the drive for excellence and innovation are: the Clore Duffield Foundation which initiated the programme in 2003; Arts Council England, which funds the Fellowship and a range of other Clore Leadership programmes; a-n The Artists Information Company; Arts Council Ireland; Art Fund; the Arts and Humanities Research Council; BBC; Chevening Secretariat through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the Gatsby Charitable Foundation; the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region through Hong Kong Arts Development Council; National Lottery Heritage Fund; National Trust; The Linbury Trust and Wellcome Trust. 

Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England:

"We want the people making decisions in arts organisations, museums and libraries to come from the widest possible range of backgrounds - as we know by bringing people with different life experiences together, we see the spark of new creative ideas and ways of working. This exciting group of Clore Fellows are an impressive bunch. They’ll be the creative leaders of tomorrow, making decisions that influence the development of cultural organisations for decades to come."

For the full list of fellows please click on the link below.


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