16 Associates will be selected through an application process. There will be a focus on recruiting those from a diverse range of backgrounds and that may otherwise struggle to find a way in to working at leadership level in the arts and cultural sector.
• Take part in a 3 day intensive residential programme
• Develop a peer network across the region
• Contribute to action learning sets
• Benefit from expert coaching and mentoring
• Harness new skills through formal learning from Southampton Business School
• Gain valuable work experiences within the partner organisations
The project also involves the WOW Foundation, which is a global movement to celebrate women and girls and take a frank look at the obstacles they face.
Associates will learn business and entrepreneurial skills through training delivered by Southampton Business School. This will equip the Associates with the skills and knowledge to manage successful and resilient arts organisations in the future.
Associates will also benefit from developing their own peer network across the South West region.
Each Associate will also gain valuable work experience within two of the partner organisations. This will offer them insight into the day-to-day running of an arts organisation at senior management level.
Women Leaders South West is a mix of formal learning, work experience and professional development.
We are partnering with the organisations listed below and providing a minimum of three months work experience and mentoring for some of the associates.
Women Leaders South West is funded through Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Fund.
The partner organisations are: The Point (lead partner); Activate Performing Arts; Art Asia Ltd.; Diverse City; Kaleider; Pavilion Dance South West; Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton; Strike a Light; The Arts Development Company. We are all based across Dorset, Devon, Hampshire and Gloucestershire.