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Announcing RE:Present – Transforming the Diversity of Cultural Leadership. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

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RE:Present is a new initiative, funded by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England, which seeks to support the development of cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds so that the cultural ecology of the city better reflects its changing demographic.   Initially a pilot programme, we hope to be able to build this work into a variety of development support, opportunities and projects for anyone seeking to make cultural work in the city.

RE:Present seeks to address the wider ecology of cultural leadership in Birmingham by developing a cohesive programme including:

-­‐ Skills development including digital leadership

-­‐ Brokered Mentoring/ Orientation in the marketplace

-­‐ Networks – how to make, use and leverage off them

-­‐ Presentation, communication and meeting skills

-­‐ Confidence

-­‐ Peer learning opportunities


The programme will encompass the wide range of skills needed to be a 21st century leader.  The programme is delivered by Creative Shift (the consultancy wing of Birmingham Hippodrome) and arts consultant Lara Ratnaraja.​  This innovative cultural leadership development programme will give emergent and established cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to:


  • Reflect on their practice, your development needs and your artistic product;
  • Receive tailored training in a range of business/ entrepreneurial skills including Marketing and Audience Development, Finance, Communication Skills and Networking;
  • Be mentored with a professional of the participant’s choice




We are now looking for applications from people of diverse backgrounds who would like to develop their leadership capability and potential.

The programme is open to artists, performers, curators producers and those working in cultural organisations in any artform who fulfil all of the following criteria:


–         Have or have the potential for a leadership role or function – as an artist, producer or head or an organisation/department/ project management or administration;

–         Are based in Birmingham; and

–         Who have a commitment to developing the cultural ecology of Birmingham; and

–         Have received some professional development support in the past (see application pack for details); and

–         Who can commit to the Leadership course dates as set out in the application pack (if applying for that course).


Eligibility is set out in more detail, together with full information and dates in the application pack.  Application is by form submitted by email no later than noon on Monday 8th February.


To request an application pack please email and we will send one to you.


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