Emerging Futures     


14 September 2018, 12-7pm,
People’s History Museum, Manchester

The Clore Leadership Programme presents Emerging Futures 2018: Leadership, Culture & Big Ideas. This new event in partnership with Manchester International Festival, Future Everything and The Space brings together aspiring and emerging cultural leaders, change-makers and creative entrepreneurs with inspiring creative thinkers, makers and doers.

Featuring a dynamic programme of leadership insights and though-provoking debate, with the space to network and exchange ideas, Emerging Futures 2018 tackles the key issues of our time – technology, cultural democracy, wellbeing and leadership. 

Bring your questions, challenges and ideas and connect with creative allies from across the country. Emerging Futures is an opportunity to explore how we can develop our leadership ambitions and work together to define the future of cultural leadership – and our place within it.

We believe true innovation happens when diverse perspectives, disciplines and skills collide. Join us for a day of collaboration, empowerment and insights.

Who is Emerging Futures for?

Emerging Futures is for early-career change-makers working independently or within organisations in the arts, culture & creative industries across the UK. The majority of participants will have 2-5 years of work experience under their belt (this can include internships). We expect most participants will be under 30.

We know that leadership skills quite often develop through different lived experiences and alternative career pathways and we are committed to reflecting, respecting and greeting a diverse group of leaders.

We ask that those booking for their organisations’ staff limit attendees to 2 per organisation so that we can bring together the most diverse group of participants possible.

Emerging Futures asks:

  • With rapid advances and changes in technology, demographics, globalisation and economic resources, what new approaches to cultural leadership are required?
  • How can we find new strategies to combine cultural innovation, technology and entrepreneurship with social impact and inclusion?
  • How do we build personal and professional resilience and self-care into this mix?

Do you aspire to lead and make a difference to the arts, culture and wider society? Have you recently taken on a leadership role?  Are you passionate about building an innovative, connected and inclusive cultural sector? #emergingfutures2018 is for you.

About the Clore Leadership Programme

The Clore Leadership Programme based at Somerset House, is a hub for existing and emerging leaders in arts, culture and creativity. Our role is to inspire these leaders to have a positive impact on society through great leadership of culture. We provide leadership development programmes, promote and debate the latest thinking, and offer access to an incredible network. 

The Programme was initiated in 2003 by the Clore Duffield Foundation, and is sustained by a partnership between private philanthropy and public funding. Our programmes range from a bespoke-tailored eight-month Fellowship, through two-week and week-long Intensives such as our Emerging Leaders course. We also curate one-day conferences, Leadership Development Days and easy to access webinars and run a Board Development programme. To offer the broadest spectrum of opinion, the research and latest thinking comes from many sources – some we commission, some is shared by Fellows, others are completely independent provocations.

From freelancers and entrepreneurs to heads of established institutions, the Clore Leadership Programme nurtures dynamic and diverse leaders. The Clore Leadership Programme has not only succeeded in creating a cadre of creative and cultural leaders, but has stimulated investment in leadership on the part of governments, agencies, foundations and charities. The Programme has inspired other initiatives in the UK and beyond, including amongst others Clore Social Leadership for leaders from the social sector, Asia’s first Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme in Hong Kong and a capacity-building course for arts managers in South Asia, created by a graduate of the Clore Leadership Programme.

About the People’s History Museum

People’s History Museum is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.  The museum provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.

Venue information is available here.

About the Team

Emerging Futures is programmed and produced by Diane Morgan, the Clore Leadership Programme team and communications consultant, Claire Trévien. Diane has worked in partnership with Manchester International Festival, Future Everything and The Space to curate an exciting mix of contributions and experiences for the first Clore Leadership Programme Emerging Futures conference.