Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy with University of Leeds

National School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership

Now in its fifth year, the acclaimed National School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership will run again in April 2019, and booking is now open for strictly limited places.

Led by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds as part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme, this week-long residential course for arts professionals and fundraisers is led by academics, senior practitioners and consultants from the arts and cultural sector. The School provides critical insight into useful case studies and an academic context in which to discuss the skills required to lead and develop arts organisations in ever more challenging times.

This executive programme focuses on arts fundraising and leadership, exploring topics such as the history of philanthropy, how to manage change, how to build resilience, and how to instil values into fundraising and development activity.As well as a week of intensive study and practical activity, the School also offers time out for reflection – a rare chance for delegates to step back from the day-to-day pressures of working life in the arts, share ideas with like-minded colleagues, and actively engage in new thinking and strategic planning.

Who it is for?

The 10 new Professional Fundraising Fellows from across England will attend the Easter School in 2019. These Fellows have been selected for their leadership potential and will therefore bring a huge breadth of experience from across the arts and cultural sector.

In addition, we’re making 10 places available to arts managers and fundraisers with at least three years’ experience in the arts and cultural sector, who would like to develop their careers as arts leaders, whether leading development teams or entire organisations.

This combination of experience, bringing together the next generation of arts and cultural leaders, is central to the School dynamic, and it enables all participants to learn from their peers as well as from the tutors and guest speakers. The Easter School will be delivered through a balanced mix of lectures, tutorials, panel discussions, group activities, small group project work and group presentations.

In addition, visits to nearby arts and cultural organisations will provide a unique opportunity for participants to listen to, question and network with a range of established sector leaders.


The Easter School will take place at Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds and run from Sunday 7 to Friday 12 April 2019.

As well as a full daytime schedule, participants will also need to undertake project work during the evenings.

Please note, as the School is an intensive learning experience, it is not possible to attend as a day delegate. The School is a residential course and delegates must be able to commit to stay on-site for its duration.

Costs and booking

The cost for attending the 2019 Easter School is £1,850 + VAT. This includes all teaching, accommodation, meals and course materials.

Three bursaries of £500 are available for small organisations and individuals with protected characteristics. Please contact for more information.

“That feeling when you hear inspiring experiences from amazing speakers. It’s no longer study & becomes hope for the future.” Lorna Clayton-Rawle, Fundraising Manager, The Tetley and 2017 delegate