What makes a leader?

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06 Jul 2016

After two years observing leadership styles across the Ambassador Theatre Group, graduate trainees Rachel Lane and Jamie Budgett discuss their vision of a good leader.

An unconference for all

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02 Jun 2016

Too many cultural conferences borrow their model from the corporate sector, but there is another way, says Adrian Lochhead.

Birmingham’s big problem

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24 May 2016

After being met by a sea of white faces at a recent industry event, Rebbecca Hemmings says it’s time for Birmingham’s arts sector to face up to its diversity crisis. 

Learning from rocket science

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04 May 2016

After a secondment at NASA, Hannah Bird urges the cultural sector to follow its example in areas like experimentation, collaboration, risk and failure.

Job ladder – Bryan Savery

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31 Mar 2016

From Tamasha Theatre Company to the Free Word Centre, Bryan Savery traces the course of his career. 

The gig economy explored

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17 Mar 2016

How do we best manage an economy in which many people don’t have a salaried job? Michelle Wright discusses the move away from 9 to 5 employment in the arts.

One Dance UK to become new voice for dance

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10 Dec 2015

A new organisation will combine the expertise and resources of four former dance organisations to offer a more comprehensive package of support to the dance sector.

My Gurus – Lorna Hosler

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29 Oct 2015

Lorna Hosler tells us about the people and experiences that helped her on her way to becoming Executive Director of Clod Ensemble.

Developing vital skills

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15 Oct 2015

Tracey Gregory reports on the lifeline provided by Catalyst funding for six small arts organisations in Milton Keynes.

My Gurus – Sharon Watson

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14 Oct 2015

Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Sharon Watson tells us about the people who have guided and inspired her pioneering career.

If I were 22 - Tom Bellerby

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05 Oct 2015

Tom Bellerby takes a moment out of his day as Youth Theatre Director at Hull Truck Theatre to share the advice he would give to his younger self.

Ready for change

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24 Sep 2015

Arts fundraising is in an exciting state of flux and Ben Walmsley is confident that the next generation will be steering cultural change in the sector.

If I were 22 – Elizabeth Newman

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21 Sep 2015

Now Artistic Director of Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Elizabeth Newman reveals what advice she’d give to her younger self.

In praise of parenting skills

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09 Jul 2015

The arts need leaders who can convey a clear vision and empower their staff. Well, parents practice these skills every day and it’s time we started valuing their experience, says Justine Themen.

Doing it their way

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09 Jul 2015

Are female theatre directors in the UK successful because they followed the linear, patriarchal route – or did they do it their own way, asks Amy Golding.

Learning to be a leader in a weekend

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26 Feb 2015

Following a recent weekend for aspiring dance leaders, Brendan Keaney is sure that in just a few days the participants were able to take important steps on the road to leadership.

Job Ladder

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11 Feb 2015

Maria Balshaw describes the career in visual arts and academia that led her to become Director of the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries.

Listening and learning

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26 Jan 2015

Leading a regional theatre known for its championing of new writers and its capital projects, Jim Beirne discusses why he believes that listening to others and sharing ideas and practice has been crucial for his success.

Supporting female aspirations

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05 Jan 2015

A new coaching and networking programme supporting the next generation of female cultural leaders in east London is part of the legacy of London 2012. Claire Gevaux tells the story.

My Gurus

03 Dec 2014

The new Managing Director of Sistema England, Fiona Cunningham, pays tribute to those who have inspired her over the course of her career.

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